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.

One Day Navigation course including GPS

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Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

Are you looking to refresh those old navigation skills? Think you've forgotten more than you remember and need a wee hand getting back into the swing of it? 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
  • Contour appreciation
  • Taking and applying a bearing
  • Using appropriate strategies
  • Relocation techniques
  • Use of a GPS device
  • 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 you will 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. We will look at GPS devices as an additional tool available for navigating, if you have your own, bring it along.

Meet at 10am 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
6
Start time
1000
Start location
Car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

£ 55.00 

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Beginner Mountain Skills Day

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Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You're probably quite new to hillwalking, perhaps not sure if it's for you yet, however, you want to give it a go, see what all the fuss is about. Perhaps 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 beside the Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe, A912, Falkland, Fife KY15 7AD 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
5 hours
Distance
8 km
Group size
10
Start time
0930
Start location
Free public car park beside the Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe, A912, Falkland, Fife KY15 7AD

£ 35.00 

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Your first Munro - Ben Lawers

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Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You're probably quite new to hillwalking, perhaps you've tried a few local or smaller hills and you're beginning to get into it. Now you're feeling ready for a Mountain, ready to tackle your first Munro, a Scottish Mountain over 3,000 feet (914m doesn't sound as high!)

This day is about you coming along and trying it out, probably meeting and making new friends, having fun in a safe environment and we hope, wanting to come back and do more hills.

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 around 6 hours of 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 425m 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

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Sunday for our Introduction to Ridge Walking day on the nearby Tarmachan Ridge.

Duration
6 - 7 hours
Distance
12 km
Group size
12
Start time
0930
Start location
The free car park outside the McLaren Hall, Main Street Killin, FK21 8UW

£ 35.00 

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Ring of Steall

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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.

Due to the time of year, it's highly likely we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential.

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.

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

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Lochnagar Five Munros of the White Mounth

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Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

A LONG day 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 classic, 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 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!

Fitness and stamina for a 30 km day are key to you really getting the most out of this one, please be confident you do the distance. As always, get in touch prior to booking to discuss any concerns about lasting the distance.

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

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Grade 1
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.

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 its 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.

Meeting at 0800 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.

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

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
22 km
Group size
12
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

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Forcan ridge, Kintail

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Grade 1
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.

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.

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
8
Start time
0800
Start location
Malagan Bridge layby on the A87 at grid reference NG 971 139

£ 40.00 

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The Saddle and Sgurr na Sgine, Kintail

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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.

This route is very similar to the Forcan Ridge route except we miss out the ridge and its scrambling, instead taking a bypass route under the ridge and to the bealach Coire Mhalagain before turning northwest to the summit of The Saddle. The technical aspect of the route is therefore removed, making it a less demanding day.

A stunning walk in big mountain areas that should not be underestimated. A good 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.

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
12
Start time
0800
Start location
Malagan Bridge layby on the A87 at grid reference NG 971 139

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

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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Invervar horseshoe, 4 Munros in Glen Lyon

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Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary

This is an ideal first multi-Munro day for those looking at starting to string more summits together or for those just looking to maximise their Munros in a day.

The Glen Lyon circuit is a fairly straightforward walk as once on the plateau there is not a great deal of height loss between the four Munros, meaning good progress can be made between the summits and it doesn't feel like a 18 km day in the mountains because of this, however, navigation can be challenging in poor weather on such a high, featureless plateau and care should be taken.

High on the plateau above Glen Lyon with extensive views of Rannoch Moor and the Lawers range we will be taking in the four munros of Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor.

We will meet at the car park by the telephone box at Invervar at 0830. To get there from the A9, drive along the A827 to Grandtully. Cross the bridge to Strathtay to Weem. Continue to Keltyburn, turn off towards Fortingall, then just outside the village, turn into Glen Lyon and it's about 4 miles or so along this road to Invervar. Look for the phone box by the roadside and the car park is down to the left. PH15 2PL for sat navs will bring you along the road past the phone box.

With it being late October, daylight will be shorter. Please ensure you bring a head-torch and spare batteries, just in case we are delayed on the hill and part of our descent is in the dark or fading light.

Once finished, there is an option to drop into the Fortingall Hotel for coffee & cake and to continue the banter.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
18 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Look for the phone box by the roadside and the car park is down to the left. PH15 2PL for sat navs will bring you along the Glen Lyon road past the phone box.

£ 40.00 

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The four Munros west of Drumochter

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Normally these four Munros are walked over two separate outings. This isn't necessary as they can easily be combined into one group of four, albeit with an hours return walk along the A9 to the start point. We'll endeavour to place a couple of vehicles at the end of the walk to save the pavement pounding though.

The four Munros in this circular walk are A' Mharconaich, Geal Charn, Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor. The Munro summits are fairly featureless lumps making this a relatively straightforward round in good visibility. It can be more challenging to navigate in low cloud and mist, with few landmarks. Given the weather, views out across Loch Ericht towards Ben Alder can be impressive (see accompanying photo)

We will meet at the car park at Balsporran Cottages, PH19 1AF, which are on the main A9 trunk road and can be accessed by bus and train (stop at Dalwhinnie) from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Due to the time of year, it's highly likely we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential.

Balsporran Cottages offer B&B www.balsporran.com and there are other options in nearby Dalwhinnie, including B&B at http://www.2stationcottage.co.uk

Why not make a multi Munro weekend of it and join us just up the road at Newtonmore for three more on Sunday.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
23 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park beside Balsporran Cottages B&B, the A9, Dalwhinnie, PH19 1AF

£ 40.00 

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Summer Solstice on Ben Nevis

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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 2021.

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.

Not to be missed.

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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Three Munros on the Monadh Liath

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

A multi Munro day high on the plateau above Newtonmore. The three Munros of Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and A' Chailleach are walked in a clockwise route over about 25 km with just under 1,000m of ascent.

We start on good tracks into the Glen which then gives way to a boggy ascent of the first Munro Carn Dearg. After a short descent we walk up onto the Monadh Liath plateau which is fairly featureless and can be challenging to navigate in poor visibility. It's a long walk across the plateau to the second Munro, Carn Sgulain before a quick descent and re-ascent up onto the final Munro, A' Chailleach. We now descend back across some wet ground and down to the car park just outside Newtonmore.

We will meet at 0830 outside the Newtonmore Grill, Old Perth Road, Newtonmore, PH20 1BB. (The grill opens at 0800 if you want breakfast - I'll be there!) where we will get into as few cars as possible before driving into Newtonmore itself and onto the start of the walk.

Due to the time of year, it's highly likely we'll be returning in the last of the daylight so a headtorch with spare batteries will be essential.

There are a large variety of accommodation options available in Newtonmore including several Hotels and B&B's. Previous clients have stayed in the www.newtonmorehostel.co.uk and the www.strathspeymountainhostel.com

Why not make a multi Munro weekend of it and join us just down the road at Drumochter for four more on Saturday.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
25 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Newtonmore Grill, Old Perth Road, Newtonmore, PH20 1BB

£ 40.00 

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Bidean nam Bian and the Hidden Valley

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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

£ 40.00 

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