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Day trips

There's loads of the Scottish highlands that can be explored over a day. We have more than 15 trips suited for all levels of experience. So whether you've never walked the highlands before or you are up for something a little (or a lot) more challenging, we've no doubt you will find a day walk to suit what you're after right here.

Mountain Skills Day

SM
Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You're probably new to hillwalking, perhaps not sure if it's for you but you want to give it a try, see how it goes. Maybe none of your family or friends are keen so getting out with a group of people at the same level as you would be ideal. This day is for you!

We're going to meet up and have a coffee, introduce ourselves and listen to what you really want to get out of the day. Then we're going to move outside and go for a walk. Low level to begin with then getting some height in and experiencing walking both on and off path. During the walk we're going to discuss and practice a variety of skills as well as impart general hillwalking information.

By the end of the day you will have practiced and be aware of the following - safe movement and walking skills, weather forecasting, ideal clothing and equipment, the Outdoor Access Code and safety procedures.

Meet us at 0930 in the free public car park behind Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX and enjoy a day in the Lomond Hills Regional Park.

This day will have been a great introduction to the hills and hopefully you will be keen to take things further. Perhaps after a few more local hills you'll be looking to learn how to navigate and then head for your first Munro (Scottish hills over 3,000 feet or 914 m in new money) We can help you every step of the way.

Duration
6 hours
Distance
8 km
Group size
12
Start time
0930
Start location
Free public car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX.

£ 35.00 

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Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg arete in winter

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

Join us for a fantastic winter ascent of Ben Nevis via the classic Grade 1 winter route, the Carn Mor Dearg Arete. An amazing day out allowing you to experience an ascent of Ben Nevis from one of the best mountaineering routes. A distance of 17k,  taking between 8 and 10 hours to complete. A classic ascent of Ben Nevis, highly recommended.

You will very likely have completed a winter skills course or be proficient and well practiced in the use of B2 boots, crampons and ice axe and are looking to build on this experience by gaining confidence on a snow covered arete. If you are in doubt about your experience or ability for this day, contact us in advance for a chat.

B2 boots, crampons, helmet and ice axe can be hired from outlets in Fort William such as Nevisport or Ellis Brigham if you do not have your own. Further, you will need to come prepared with head torch and goggles, as well as appropriate clothing and adequate food\water for an extended day in the mountains. Your fitness level will need to higher than a typical summer hillwalking day, you're carrying more equipment, moving through deep snow so can expect to expend more energy. You can see a full list of recommended kit here, again, if in doubt, please don't hesitate to contact us in advance.

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint.

The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest.

This is a fantastic day, highly recommended.

We will meet at 0830 in the Forestry Commision car park at Torlundy for a kit check and briefing before beginning our ascent.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
17 km
Group size
6
Start time
0830
Start location
North Face car park, Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SR

£ 60.00 

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Your First Munro - Ben Lawers

SM
Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You are probably quite new to hillwalking, have tackled a few of your local or smaller hills and now you feel ready, ready for the first big one, a Munro!

This day is about you coming along and getting that first Munro under your belt in the safety of a group, with like minded people. A great way to meet people with a similar interest, not having to worry about navigating, will I be at the back or anything else. Your qualified leader will put everyone at ease, do all the hard work and ensure a steady pace that all can manage.

Despite its height of 1,214m, Ben Lawers is a straightforward mountain to ascend. We start at a lofty 425m so you only really ascend a little under 800m to get to the top of the 10th highest mountain in the UK. That's worth doing, isn't it? Of course, you'll need to have a bit of fitness, a bit of stamina and determination, after all, your about to walk up a mountain!

It has an excellent path which winds its way up through some lovely scenery and it is well suited to those tackling their first few Munros. This is a chance to get out into the hills, to see and feel why it is such a joy to be outdoors in the Scottish wilderness. You'll meet like minded people, spend some time understanding the basics, including, what to wear, what to carry, how to walk on uneven terrain. There will also be a chance to see how a map and compass work. Then enjoy a few hours walking up Ben Lawers with it's stunning views of Loch Tay and the Perthshire countryside.

You should dress for a day in the hills, with stout footwear, wind/waterproof clothing, including a hat and gloves. Bring adequate food & water for about 6 hours walking.

We will meet in the car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 09:30 before driving the last few miles together to the NTS car park which is off the A827 near Mornish on the Glen Lyon road. The car park has an elevation of about 4325m which gives a high starting point for this walk. Beinn Ghlas, another Munro at 1,103m, may be passed on the way to Ben Lawers, depending on our route.

We will finish our day in the Killin Hotel for a light refreshment and a blether.

Those wishing to stay over in the area might be interested in the following accommodation, as used by clients in the past. killin-hotel.com or breadalbanehouse.com

Duration
5 to 7 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
12
Start time
0930
Start location
McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW

£ 35.00 

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Broad Buttress Scramble

SM
Grade 2
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

Buachaille Etive Mor is possibly the most photographed mountain in Scotland. It's iconic location and shape make a magnet for tourists, photographers, walkers and climbers alike. There are several routes that can be used to ascend this magnificent mountain and today we are going to scramble a classic.

Broad Buttress is a grade 2 scramble on the north aspect of the mountain and is accessed from the Lagangarbh path. The route has some delightful rough rock, a spectacular location and gives a fantastic route to the summit.

We will meet at the car park\layby at Altnafeadh, on the A82, Ballachulish, PH49 4HY for 0900 on Saturday 25th April 2020. You will need your usual hillwalking attire including food and drink to last a good day in the hills.

Duration
6 - 7 hours
Distance
8 km
Group size
3
Start time
0900
Start location
Layby\car park at Altnafeadh, A82, Ballachulish, PH49 4HY

£ 60.00 

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One Day Navigation

SM
Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead? A great, beginner to intermediate navigation day. Perhaps you can't make time for one of our Nationally Accredited two day courses or are looking to refresh those skills you already have from the Scouts, Guides, Cadets or other body. Then this single day course is just what you need.

Hosted by an accredited trainer to ensure you receive great coaching and all the skills you need, this is a fun day spent on the hill going through all the basics which will include

  • Setting or orientating the map
  • Planning a route
  • Handrailing linear features
  • Taking and applying a bearing
  • Using appropriate strategies
  • Relocation techniques
  • and more...

This will be an outdoor, practical day, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hill and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me in advance if unsure.

Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva type 4 marked with degrees. I will provide relevant maps.

Meet at 9am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX. We will be out on the hill for approximately seven hours.

Duration
7 hours
Distance
8 km
Group size
10
Start time
0900
Start location
Car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

£ 55.00 

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Ring of Steall

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

This is a truly fantastic walk, it has great variety, a river crossing, steep ascents, ridges, scrambling and exposure; it really does have it all across this wonderful route. There are two sections of Grade 1 scrambling where hands may be needed.

The Ring of Steall is well known in Scottish hillwalking folklore as a classic route combining four Munros with scrambling along narrow aretes. The route starts with a walk in from the Falls of Steall and up onto An Gearanach then Stob Choire a Chairn, Am Bodach and then across the Devils Ridge to Sgurr a'Mhaim before a descent out to the car park at the Polldubh falls.

Total distance is about 16k (10 miles) and I'd expect to be out for between 7 - 9 hours to complete this walk.

We will meet at the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving down the Glen to the start of the route.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF

£ 40.00 

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Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Ben Cruachan is famous for the power station built inside the mountain, fed water from the loch some 400m above, it can react to demand for power from the grid within seconds and is an engineering marvel, well worth a visit. For us hillwalkers though, it's a lovely peak, easily spotted from anywhere in the southern highlands with it's distinctive alpine pointed shape.

This is a lovely circular walk, with a distance of about 15 km and 1,400m of ascent. Sea level starts always do that to you! It will take between 7 and 9 hours to complete both of these Munros.

Due to extremely limited parking at the start of the walk and indeed anywhere within several miles for large numbers of vehicles that we may be bringing, we will meet in the car park of The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum FK20 8RY at 0800. We will transfer into as few vehicles as possible for the 25 minute drive down to the start.

The Green Welly cafe stop opens at 0700 for breakfast if you fancy arriving early and taking on some fuel for the day ahead. I'll be there early for coffee and a bacon roll.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
The Green Welly Stop, A82, Tyndrum, Crianlarich FK20 8RY

£ 40.00 

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Lochnagar Five Munros of the White Mounth

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

A walk that is requested year after year, back for 2020 as we couldn't quite fit it into last years program.

Taking in all five Munros of The Mounth, including Lochnagar, Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn.

The traditional big circular route of the White Mounth. A challenging day, yes, but really only due to the distance and requirement for tight navigation on the plateau if caught in low cloud. There's not a huge amount of descent and re-ascent between these five Munros, just over 1,200m total ascent for the whole day and most of that on the initial ascent! It's more about pacing yourself over the distance. And not getting lost!

If staying the night before\after, previous clients have used the Youth Hostel in Braemar where you can get 10% off your stay with my code King-19. There are Hotels and B&B's available in the village also as well as a campsite.

While in the area, why not join us for another six Munros on Sunday, the Glas Maol circuit, Glenshee.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Public car park, Spittal of Glenmuick, Ballater, AB35 5SU

£ 40.00 

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South Glenshiel Ridge, Kintail

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The Harvey British Mountain Map for Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric shows a hillwalkers paradise with 43 Munros, 21 Corbetts and the 113m high Falls of Glomach on one sheet. Truly an area for the Munro Bagger if ever there was one. Add to this the stunning scenery on the drive into the area on the Road to the Isles and you have a recipe for a spectacular weekend in a magical area. With so much to choose from, it's always going to be challenging to pick a route.

However, I have and what a route! This is another iconic, Scottish Ridge walk. Seven Munros bagged walking almost the entire length of Glen Shiel on it's southern side and finishing off with a pint in the Cluanie Inn, a real, old drovers Inn, in the middle of nowhere (recently renovated). Completely off grid, it even generates its own power.

Saturday 16th May 2020 at 0800 meeting in the Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie.

The ridge can be walked from either end with no one way or the other being preferred. The only differences being if you start at the west end, Malagan, you have a further 150m of ascent than if you start at Cluanie. You do, however, have the psychological benefit of being able to see the Pub get closer as you walk East! We will look to tackle it 'downhill' from Cluanie to Malagan unless the weather dictates otherwise.

There is some light scrambling where hands may be used on at least two sections. These are popular Munros among baggers, seven ticks in one day is a big reward for the effort. Given good weather, the views are stunning, this is a favourite walk of mine in one of Scotland's most beautiful areas, Kintail.

Citylink run a direct bus service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Portree, both of which pass by the front doors of the Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel. If you speak to the driver, they will drop you off and pick you up at both locations. They're very used to walkers using both as a base for Kintail.

Should you prefer, accommodation before or after, can be sought in the Cluanie Inn itself or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a campsite at nearby Shiel Bridge or the Ratagan Youth Hostel where you can get a 10% discount on your stay if you use my code, King-19

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for the Forcan Ridge walk.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
22 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie, Glenmoriston, IV63 7YW

£ 40.00 

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Six Munros of the Glas Maol circuit

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

One for the Munro baggers looking to maximise a day in the hills. You'll need to have a good level of fitness and capable of maintaining a reasonable pace of 4km\hour to get the most out of this day.

The Glas Maol circuit is a fairly straight forward walk with it's high start point near the Glenshee Ski Centre. The plateau is reasonably flat and featureless meaning good progress can be made between the munro summits. It can be boggy, especially out by Tolmount and Tom Buidhe and navigation can be challenging in poor visibility.

This is a long day at 30 km, high on the plateau above the Cairnwell Pass, taking in the six munros of Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe, Glas Maol and Creag Leacach. We will also take in the beautiful view of Coire Loch Kander from the plateau, a minor detour.

We will meet at the car park in front of the Glenshee Ski Centre at Cairnwell for 9am. The cafe is usually open from 0830 serving breakfast rolls and coffee if you want to get there early and take on fuel. I'll be there for a hearty breakfast, you're welcome to join me.

If staying the night before\after, previous clients have used the Youth Hostel in Braemar where you can get 10% off your stay with my code King-19. There are Hotels and B&B's available in the village also as well as a campsite.

Why not join us on Saturday for a circuit of the White Mounth, taking in the five Munros, including Lochnagar. An eleven Munro weekend is not to be sniffed at!

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
10
Start time
0900
Start location
Glenshee Ski Centre, Ballater

£ 40.00 

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Forcan ridge, Kintail

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The Harvey British Mountain Map for Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric shows a hillwalkers paradise with 43 Munros, 21 Corbetts and the 113m high Falls of Glomach on one sheet. Truly an area for the Munro Bagger if ever there was one. Add to this the stunning scenery on the drive into the area on the Road to the Isles and you have a recipe for a spectacular weekend in a magical area. With so much to choose from, it's always going to be challenging to pick a route.

The Forcan ridge is a Scottish Classic grade one scramble, leading onto the first Munro, The Saddle from where we descend and head for the second, Sgurr na Sgine. The route is tackled from Malagan Bridge.

A stunning walk in big mountain areas that should not be underestimated. A high degree of fitness will be required to tackle the route, if in doubt, please contact me in advance.

Meeting at 0800 in the Malagan Bridge layby on the A87 at grid reference NG 971 139 The google maps link below this description, will take you the large layby, opposite the trees.

Previous clients have enjoyed a variety of accommodation in the area at the Kintail Hotel, which also has two small bunkhouses. There is a campsite at nearby Shiel Bridge and the National Trust for Scotland Kintail Outdoor Centre has 5 rooms in nearby Morvich. The Cluanie Inn with both Hotel and Clubhouse accommodation can also be used as a base. Ratagan Youth Hostel is also an option, just a few miles from the Kintail and Glen Shiel area. If booking at a SYHA, use my code King-19 for a 10% discount.

The Cluanie Inn, Shiel Bridge and the Kintail Hotel are all on the main A87 road and well served by Scottish Citylink bus services from Glasgow to Skye.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on the South Glen Shiel ridge walk

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
6
Start time
0800
Start location
Malagan Bridge layby on the A87 at grid reference NG 971 139

£ 40.00 

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Beinn a Ghlo

SM
Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

You are looking for something a little more challenging, having completed your first few single Munro days. Maybe thinking of multiple summits, pushing yourself a wee bit further.

Beinn a'Ghlo is a fantastic massif of some 22 km including over 1,200m of ascent. It's a mini mountain range all in itself with three separate peaks, all Munros, on its massive bulk.

It has a relatively high start\finish point of around 340m at the car park at Loch Moraig and the going is mainly on good paths, although there are areas of wet, boggy ground. The initial ascent up Carn Liath is on a steep, scarred path which you can see from the A9.

It will take between 7 and 9 hours to complete all three Munros. Group fitness may determine whether two or three of the Munro summits can be achieved and your guide will make a decision based on this during the walk.

We will meet in the car park of The Atholl Country Life Museum, Old School, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SP which is on the main road (B8079) as you drive through the village, at 0830. From here we will make our way together up the single track road to the car park at Loch Moraig to begin the walk.

Blair Atholl is on the main bus and train routes from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Car sharing is encouraged wherever possible. The excellent https://www.blairatholl.org.uk/wheretostay/ has a list of several places to stay in the area should you be looking for accommodation before or after the event.

Cost is only £40 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
8 hours
Distance
22 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
The Atholl Country Life Museum, Old School, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SP

£ 40.00 

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The highest mountain in the UK deserves everyone to have a go at ascending it at least once and for the hillwalker, this is one of the better routes.

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint.

The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest.

This is a fantastic day, highly recommended.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Duration
8 10 hours
Distance
17 km
Group size
6
Start time
0830
Start location
The North Face car park, Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SR

£ 45.00 

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Ben Macdui, Carn a'Mhaim and Derry Cairngorm

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in the UK and towers above the Lairig Ghru as well as giving enviable views across the stunning Loch Etchachan, the highest significant body of water in the UK at some 920m above sea level.

This is a long walk of about 34km starting and finishing on excellent paths from the Linn of Dee. With such good walking, the distance can be covered fairly easily if you have food stamina and hill fitness. We will have a total ascent of about 1,300m and our day should take between 9 and 11 hours to complete.

From the Linn of Dee car park this is a fine walk along excellent paths passed Derry Lodge into the central Cairngorms and up onto the long ridge that is Carn a'Mhaim. From here we walk along the ridge and up onto Ben Macdui summit looking for those enviable views across the Lairig Ghru to Braeriach before walking down to the beautiful Loch Etchachan then returning over Derry Cairngorm, taking us across three Munros for the day.

We will meet in the Linn of Dee car park, Braemar, AB35 5YB at 0800 to begin this walk.

Braemar is well served with Hotels, B&B's and camping. There is also a youth hostel where you can get 10% off your stay by using my discount code, King-19

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
34 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Linn of Dee car park, Braemar, AB35 5YB

£ 40.00 

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Achaladair Munros

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The Achaladair munros rise abruptly from the south side of Rannoch Moor and can look slightly intimidating from this angle They are a fine walk though and have excellent views, especially out across the moor. They provide a good days walk of some 20 odd km with a little bit of everything thrown in, a river crossing, pathless, steep terrain, narrow ridge, fine woodland and much more.

There is a new walkers car park just off the main road as you enter the track to Achallader farm. We will meet here at 0830 and decide on whether a clockwise or anti-clockwise journey is best for our weather forecast, paying attention especially to any rain so we can make the right decision for the river crossing.

Achallader is on the main A82 road so bus and train links into nearby Bridge of Orchy are excellent. Previous clients have stayed at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel or the West Highland Sleeper situated at the railway station. The Inveroran Hotel is a 10 minute drive from Bridge of Orchy or By The Way campsite in Tyndrum, just 15 minutes.

Group size is limited to 10 only, book early to secure your space.

Duration
8 - 9 hours
Distance
21 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park before Achaladair Farm, Bridge of Orchy, PA36 4AG

£ 40.00 

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Summer Solstice on Ben Nevis

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Join us for the amazing experience of seeing the sunrise from the highest point in the UK on the longest day of 2020.

This is a truly memorable night walk where we will ascend the mountain track in darkness by torchlight with your experienced guides. We will carefully ascend at a slow pace, it is in the dark after all, aiming to be on the summit by 0400, to await the sunrise at about 0430. We will celebrate the solstice with a wee dram of Malt Whisky or a mug of hot chocolate.

We will descend by the same route, returning to the car park for about 0830.

Please note that the weather conditions are outwith our control and in the event of low cloud or other poor visibility, seeing the sunrise may not be possible.

It is not uncommon for there still to be snow patches on the summit plateau at this time of year. Please bring warm clothing (even in midsummer the temperature will be around zero degrees centigrade), waterproofs, gloves and a hat, sufficient food & water for a 10 hour walk and remember a head torch with spare batteries for the ascent.

Saturday 20th June 2020, meeting at 2300 at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF for a briefing and kit check.

Duration
10 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
2300
Start location
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF

£ 60.00 

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Beinn a'Bheithir

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Beinn a'Bheithir is the name given to the magnificent two munros that sit directly behind Ballachulish. Driving south from Fort William gives an impressive view as you approach the Ballachulish bridge, gazing up into the corrie with the peaks sitting either side.

This route is affectionately known as the Schoolhouse ridge, starting from the village school and climbing the excellent ridge to Sgorr Bhan before arriving on the summit of the first munro, Sgorr Dhearg. Across to the lower but more exciting viewpoint of Sgorr Dhonuill doesn't take long with it's short, rocky scramble up onto the summit a real highlight (no difficulties) before descending back to the carpark by one of the three options available, depending on the weather and how our day has gone up to this point.

A real classic ridgewalk, not to be missed.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in nearby Glencoe with the www.clachaig.com nearby www.redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk as well as B7B's, private Hostel www.glencoehostel.co.uk and the SYHA where you can use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Meet at 0830 in the car park outside the Tourist Information and Visitor Centre (across from the Coop) in Albert Road, Ballachulish, PH49 4JB

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Albert Rd, Ballachulish PH49 4JB

£ 40.00 

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Bidean nam Bian and the Hidden Valley

SM
Grade 1
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

People ask me what my favourite mountain is all the time. It's a difficult one to answer when we have so much choice in Scotland. This one is always high on my list though, it's just stunning in my view.

This is a fantastic walk, only 11km long but with lots of steep rock, some loose scree, amazing views and will take between 6 - 8 hours to complete.

After leaving the vehicles in the layby we drop into the glen on a good track which takes us quickly over the bridge and then into the gap between two of the three sisters, Gear Aonach and Aonach Dubh. We follow the track up into the Coire nan Lochan before popping out beside the waterfall onto a plateau with the great buttresses ahead. All hidden from view way back down by the road, you are now just entering the massive bulk of this mountain.

Passing the lochans we will pick our way up onto the ridge before soon coming to a cairn. Not the summit though as Stob Coire nan Lochan is too close to the main summit to qualify for a Munro. Onwards to the high point of Bidean nam Bian at 1150m. South east from here, carefully down to the bealach at the head of The Hidden Valley, passing our descent spot before climbing again to the second Munro summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Return to the bealach and descend steeply into the Hidden Valley, wondering at the scenery and listening to your guide as they recount some of the history of this magical place. Pick up the path through this remote place and descend out the narrow entrance back into Glencoe and return to the start.

Meet at the Three Sisters of Glencoe car park half way up Glen Coe at NN170569. If coming down the road, it's the first carpark on your left just after you pass the whitewashed cottage at Allt-na-ruigh.

Previous clients have stayed at the SYHA in Glencoe. If choosing to reside there, remember and give them my discount code King-19 for 10% off. There are B&B's and Hotels in the village of Glencoe also which are close to the start of the walk.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
11 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Three Sisters of Glencoe car park half way up Glen Coe at NN170569

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Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

SM
Grade 2
Skill level
Very challenging - Previous experience on challenging walks essential

A classic ridge walk, not to be missed. Possibly the narrowest ridge on the UK mainland and definitely a day to remember traversing high above Glencoe on the crazy pinnacles. An exhilarating and special day taking in the two Munros of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg on route.

This is a challenging walk with sustained, exposed, Grade 1 to 2 scrambling across about 1 km of ridge. The entire day will take between 6 and 8 hours to complete. Before tackling this route, it is recommended that you have experience of other ridge walks and be comfortable with exposure.

We will meet at 0830 at the car park of the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, PH49 4HX before placing a vehicle at the finish point and then driving to the start at Allt-na-Ruigh

In the event of inclement weather where safety is compromised, an alternative scramble in Glencoe will be substituted.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in nearby Glencoe with the Clachaig nearby Red Squirrel Campsite as well as B&B's, the private Glencoe hostel and the SYHA where you can use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
12 kms
Group size
3
Start time
0830
Start location
Clachaig Inn, Ballachulish PH49 4HX

£ 80.00 

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Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Lutharn Mhor

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

This is a beautiful walk into the Mounth to bag these three Munros which sit quite close together. I've marked it as moderately challenging due to the distance being some 30 km but it's not a particularly difficult day, providing you are fit enough for the distance of course. There is an excellent track from the start, virtually to the summit of Glas Tulaichean. We follow the old railway line built in the early 1900's to provide quarried stone for the castle. Going is good on the track and height is gained gradually so a good pace can be kept.

From Tulaichean we're off the track now and onto more rough and boggy ground first across to Carn an Righ and then to add in Beinn Lutharn Mhor. Not the normal route this one but as it's so close and we're out here anyway, why not tag it on! Back to the Loch nan Eun, shown in the picture, and here we can see the long winding path down through the glen and back to the Spittal. I love that view and I love the walk out from the Loch at 800m down Gleann Taitneach and the 10 km back to the car.

If you wanted to stay over in the area, there's Dalmunzie Castle Hotel or the Hotel at Bridge of Cally, only 20 minutes down the road. Sadly the Hotel at Spittal of Glenshee burned down several years ago, you'll see the charred remains as you drive onto the road to Dalmunzie.

Duration
8 -10 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Free walkers car park on the road to Dalmunzie Castle Hotel. Paid parking available at the Hotel.

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Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

A circular walk taking in the two lesser visited Munros of Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil from Glen Dochart. At about 16 km this isn't a particularly long day but the pathless, boggy ground and fairly steep descent and re ascent between the hills makes it a memorable one.

Parking at the start of the walk is extremely limited so we will instead meet at 0830 in the free car park at Loch Lubhair, Crianlarich, FK20 8QS and transfer into just two or three vehicles before heading up to the startat Auchessan.

Previous clients have stayed in Crianlarich which has a Hotel, B&B's and Hostel accomodation. If using the Scottish Youth Hostel give them my cose King-19 for 10% off your stay.

Crianlarich is well served by both busses and trains from the Central belt making these hills a good choice if travelling by public transport.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Sunday for Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Loch Lubhair parking, Crianlarich FK20 8QS

£ 40.00 

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Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

SM
Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

The usual route to tackle these two Munros above Crianlarich is to come in from Loch Doine in the south but I much prefer this linear walk from Crianlarich with it's simple out and back route over a reasonable path most of the way. Views across to An Caisteal to the West and Ben More to the East, given the weather, are fantastic.

We will meet in the public car park opposite The Rod and Reel pub, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN which is on the main road (A85) as you drive through the village, at 0830. From here we will transfer into two or three vehicles then make our way together to the layby on the A82 to begin the walk.

Previous clients have stayed in Crianlarich which has a Hotel, B&B's and Hostel accomodation. If using the Scottish Youth Hostel give them my cose King-19 for 10% off your stay.

Crianlarich is well served by both busses and trains from the Central belt making these hills a good choice if travelling by public transport

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Saturday for Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Free car park opposite the Rod & Reel, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN

£ 40.00 

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Beinn Fhada, A Ghlas Bheinn and Falls of Glomach

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

The Harvey British Mountain Map for Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric shows a hillwalkers paradise with 43 Munros, 21 Corbetts and the 113m high Falls of Glomach on one sheet. Truly an area for the Munro Bagger if ever there was one. Add to this the stunning scenery on the drive into the area on the Road to the Isles and you have a recipe for a spectacular weekend in a magical area. With so much to choose from, it's always going to be challenging to pick a route.

This is a long day at 30km but it takes in two lovely Munros, both hidden gems in Kintail, secluded behind the more famous Brothers and Sisters ridges and overshadowed by the fantastic South Glen Shiel ridge perhaps. However, the jewel here for me is the trip out to the Falls of Glomach off the back of A Ghlas Bheinn.

We will meet initially in the carpark at Kintail Crafts for a briefing. From here we will transfer into as few cars as possible to make the 5 minute drive to the start of the walk which has limited parking.

Citylink run a direct bus service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Portree, both of which pass by the front doors of the Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel. If you speak to the driver, they will drop you off and pick you up at both locations. They're very used to walkers using both as a base for Kintail.

Should you prefer, accommodation before or after, it can be found in the nearby Cluanie Inn or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a campsite at nearby Shiel Bridge or the Ratagan Youth Hostel where you can get a 10% discount on your stay if you use my code, King-19

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Sunday for three more at Cluanie

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park at Kintail Crafts, Aultachruine, Glenshiel, Kyle IV40 8HN

£ 40.00 

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Three Munros north of Cluanie

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The Harvey British Mountain Map for Knoydart, Kintail and Glen Affric shows a hillwalkers paradise with 43 Munros, 21 Corbetts and the 113m high Falls of Glomach on one sheet. Truly an area for the Munro Bagger if ever there was one. Add to this the stunning scenery on the drive into the area on the Road to the Isles and you have a recipe for a spectacular weekend in a magical area. With so much to choose from, it's always going to be challenging to pick a route.

Today we are going to tackle the three Munros above Lundie, Loch Cluanie. There is a large layby at the side of the A87 here so plenty room for parking. We cross the main road and pick up the old military road which we follow up to a mobile phone mast. From here we pick up a stalkers path which gets us two thirds of the way up our first Munro, Carn Ghluasaid, before it peters out. A linear out and back sees us traverse this fine ridge and attain another two Munros before returning back to the car park either the way we came or via Meall Breac as an alternative, depending on how the day goes.

Citylink run a direct bus service from both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Portree, both of which pass by the front doors of the Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel. If you speak to the driver, they will drop you off and pick you up at both locations. They're very used to walkers using both as a base for Kintail.

Should you prefer, accommodation before or after, it can be found in the nearby Cluanie Inn or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a campsite at nearby Shiel Bridge or the Ratagan Youth Hostel where you can get a 10% discount on your stay if you use my code, King-19

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for Beinn Fhada and A Ghlas Beinn on Saturday

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Lundie car park, Loch Cluanie, Kintail, IV63 7YW (there is often a catering van in the layby)

£ 40.00 

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