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.

Cairnwell, Three Munros

SM
Skill level
Easy - little or no walking experience

You're probably still quite new to hillwalking, perhaps you've tried a few local or smaller hills and you're beginning to get into it but not quite ready to be tackling the big ones on your own. This day follows on from our popular Your First Munro - Ben Lawers days, we have a really straightforward multi-summit day to further whet your appetite.

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 or perhaps you want to learn to navigate or get into some wild camping so you can have multiple days away in our beautiful and amazing mountains.

With the main car park and cafe for the ski centre sitting at almost 650m these three Munros of The Cairnwell Pass are easily accessible. The first summit, Carn Aosda only requires a height gain of 265m to reach it. Unfortunately the ski paraphernalia that litters the hillside detracts from the beauty of the hills and is rather unsightly whilst walking in the immediate area. Things quickly improve as you move away from the summit and head south west towards Carn a' Gheoidh. Views of the Cairngorms soon open up and it feels like amore remote, mountainous walk now. We return to the Cairnwell, our final munro, before dropping steeply down to the car park to end the day.

The Glenshee Ski Centre cafe opens around 0830, all welcome to join us for a coffee and a blether before we start our day.

Duration
5 - 6 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
12
Start time
0930
Start location
Glenshee Ski Centre, Old Military Road, Ballater, AB35 5XU

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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 highly 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 Glencoe SYHA.

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
12 kms
Group size
3
Start time
08:30
Start location
Clachaig Inn, Ballachulish PH49 4HX

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South Glenshiel Ridge, Kintail

SM
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.

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. 1,800m of ascent doesn't sound too bad for a seven Munro day but this is a long, tiring walk, please get in touch in advance if you have any concerns about your fitness or stamina for this long day.

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.

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 in June or the Five Sisters of Kintail in August?

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
26 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

SM
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

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Ben Lui, Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig & a'Chleibh

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

One for the Munro baggers looking to maximise a day in the hills. The four Munros from Dalrigh, Ben Lui, Beinn a'Chleibh, Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig, are usually completed in two outings. They can be joined fairly easily in a big loop. There are no obvious paths joining the two pairs so navigation is crucial as is the ability to traverse reasonably steep slopes over rough ground, including peat hags.

The walk into Lui from Dalrigh takes us past the site of the Cononish Gold Mine and affords the best view of Lui, straight on and into the beautiful Coire Gaothach We will take in the eastern ridge on our way to the summit of Lui to pay our respects to the four men killed when their Lockheed Hudson Mk3 crashed into the hillside in 1941. The wreckage can still be seen and is currently lying across the path.

We will meet at 0800 in the car park at Dalrigh, which is signposted, and just of the A82 south of Tyndrum. The Green Welly cafe in Tyndrum is usually open from 0700 serving breakfast rolls and coffee if you want to get there early and take on fuel.

Be prepared for potentially 10 - 12 hours on the hill, a long 28km, challenging day where your stamina will be tested.

Duration
10 - 12 hours
Distance
28 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Dalrigh, Tyndrum, Crianlarich, FK20 8RX

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Ring of Steall

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Grade 1
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

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.

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

SM
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 achieve the distance. As always, get in touch prior to booking to discuss any concerns about managing the day.

UPDATE 31st May 2021 - due to ongoing parking issues at Glen Muick, the 5th June trip will start from the Glenshee Ski Centre car park Google maps link here

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

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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. There are Hotels and B&B's available in the village also as well as a campsite.

Why not join us on Sunday for the Glas Tulaichean circuit, just a few miles down the road at Spittal of Glenshee.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
12
Start time
0900
Start location
Glenshee Ski Centre, Ballater

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Sisters Ridge, Kintail

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

A fantastic day walk with some mild scrambling across the rocky ridge, where hands may be required, in the magical area of Kintail. Views out to the west across the sea towards Skye are stunning.

Meeting at 0830 in the Jac-O-Bite restaurant car park, Ault-a-chruinn, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8HN. (I believe the restaurant is currently closed down) We will leave a vehicle here at the end point before driving up the Glen together to our start point.

We will ascend steeply, direct from the roadside, up to the Bealach an Lapan then head west. Each of the three main summits we encounter are Munros, Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe, Sgurr na Carnach and Sgurr Fhuaran. The remaining two summits make up the five sisters but these tops are not classified as Munros or Corbett. This is a 15km day with 1,400m of ascent and should take us about 8 hours to complete.

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.

Previous clients have stayed at the Cluanie Inn, or at the Kintail Lodge Hotel, Invershiel which also has a Hostel. There is a Scottish Youth Hostel at nearby Rattagan. Camping is available at nearby Morvich

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for the South Glen Shiel Ridge on Saturday

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
15 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Jac-O-Bite restaurant car park, Ault-a-chruinn, Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8HN

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

SM
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. Not for us the trudge up the pony track with its hordes of tourists, no, we will be far from the crowds today, at least until we hit the summit!

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.

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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Macdui, Mheadhoin and Cairngorm loop

SM
Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

The Cairngorm plateau is one of the top draws for the hillwalker in Scotland. Home to a unique landscape with big, hulking mountains in unforgiving terrain. The plateau is vast and the mountains widespread. It can take several trips to the area to visit every summit and in poor visibility your navigation, stamina and endurance will be tested.

Beinn Mheadhoin is one of this hills that's stuck out on it's own with no apparent easy or straightforward route in and out. It's a hill full of character, in a huge space and needs a decent amount of effort to get to it. It's a great hill to tick off with it's granite torrs and the views of Loch Avon and Loch Etchachan, the highest significant body of water in the UK at over 900m high up in the Cairngorms.

This is a long, challenging day, 23 km with 1,600m of ascent will take a fit hillwalker up to ten hours to get round. The views and the rewards though, are outstanding. The photograph accompanying this text shows Beinn Mheadhoin across the Loch Avon basin from near Hell's Lum Crag and should give an idea of the vastness. Our route takes us out there and back with Ben Macdui and Cairngorm added in for good measure.

Meet at 0800 in Coire Cas car park in front of the Ski Centre. We'll decide on our exact route once we know what the weather is doing on the day. There are several options.

If staying the night before, or after, a variety of accommodation options are available in Aviemore, including Hostels, B&B and Hotels.

Buses and trains are frequent as it is on the main routes to Inverness from the Central Belt.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
23 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Coire Cas car park in front of the Cairngorm Ski Centre

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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 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

£ 75.00 

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Buachaille Etive Mor

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Buachaille Etive Mor has to be one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland, instantly recognisable when seen from the A82 as you approach Glen Coe, it looks magnificent and how a proper mountain should look!

Our day begins at the layby at Altnafeadh, opposite the mountain on the main A82 road. There are two Munros on the Buachaille, Stob Dearg at 1022m and Stob na Broige at 956m and we will traverse the ridge taking in both summits. The views from the top are breathtaking in all directions but especially of Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive. An iconic mountain that everyone should have on their list.

We have a rocky ascent via the corrie followed by a straightforward ridge walk. Return is via a steep path with a bum-slide on some slabs by the burn. Lots of fun! The whole day should take no more than eight hours.

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.

Previous clients have stayed at the SYHA or the private Hostel, both in Glencoe. Camping at the Red Squirrel or in either the newly rebuilt Kingshouse Hotel or the iconic Clachaig Inn.

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
13 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Layby and car park at Altnafeadh on the A82, see Google Maps link.

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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.

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

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Albert Rd, Ballachulish PH49 4JB

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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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The Epic Braeriach Traverse

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

The traverse across the high Cairngorm Plateau taking in the Munros of Braeriach, Sgor an Lochan Uaine, Cairn Toul and the Devils Point is a significant outing. Taking us many miles into the Cairngorms and away from civilisation. Many will use Corrour bothy or camp nearby after such a walk. However, for those averse to camping or the bothy life, it can be walked in one big day with a return through the Lairig Ghru and this is what we will achieve on this trip.

At 36 km, over 2,000m of ascent and a suggested minimum time of 12 hours, this is a walk for those at their peak. Excellent fitness and stamina will be required to achieve this long, long day. Being so remote with few escape routes from the plateau, it is a committing day where our group will be self sufficient, whatever the weather or other challenges that are thrown at us. If it sounds like I am trying to put you off, well, yes, I suppose I am because if you have the slightest doubt, then this is probably not for you. (Take a look at our Cairngorm 4,000's trip where we split this over two days with a high camp)

However, if you relish the thought of at least 12 hours of energy sapping, leg burning pain for the reward of four big, challenging Munro summits then get signed up quickly. It's only going to be a small group of hardy walkers who will commit to this one.

A fantastic walk, the arctic tundra of the high plateau with it's Munro summits then the splendour of the most famous hill pass in Scotland, the Lairig Ghru, on the walk back to civilisation. An Epic.

Duration
A minimum of 12 hours
Distance
36 km
Group size
8
Start time
0700
Start location
The Sugar Bowl car park

£ 55.00 

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Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn & Creag Pitridh

SM
Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

A 26 km walk taking in the three Munros of Beinn a'Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh and should take us between 8 and 10 hours to complete. Despite the distance, its long walk in\out of 6 km means just a little over half the distance is spent on the hills which is why we can often achieve this in around eight hours at a reasonable pace of 4 km\h.

There is an excellent track leading into these three isolated Munros which lie to the south of Loch Laggan. Beinn a'Chlachair will be tackled first across pathless, boggy ground before a steep, rocky descent takes us across to Geal Charn. Creag Pitridh looks very steep from this viewpoint but it's a fairly quick and straightforward ascent before the boggy descent back to the inward path and then the 6 km walk back to the car.

We will meet at 0830 in the layby on the south side of the A86 opposite Luiblea which is about 1 km passed Moy Lodge, Tulloch, Roy Bridge, PH31 4AR

Previous clients have stayed overnight at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch, www.stationlodge.co.uk Other accomodation is available in Roybridge.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
26 km
Group size
12
Start time
0830
Start location
Luiblea layby, Roybridge, PH31 4AR

£ 40.00 

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An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin

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

This is a lovely horseshoe shaped walk with some good views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding area. The walk in contains an interesting ridge feature on An Caisteal called Twisted Hill which we have to weave our way through on our ascent to the summit. Depending on our route on the day, there are two potential sections of mild scrambling where hands may be required. There is also a stream crossing involved on the descent and walking poles can be a useful aid for this.

We will meet at the free public car park opposite Rod and Reel pub, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN at 0830 for a kit check and briefing before moving to the start of the walk. On our return we may pop into the Rod and Reel for a coffee and blether before heading home.

Crianlarich is on the main bus and train routes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Previous clients have enjoyed the Crianlarich Youth Hostel or the Crianlarich Hotel.

Duration
7 - 8 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
The free public car park opposite The Rod and Reel pub, Main Street, Crianlarich, FK20 8QN

£ 40.00 

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Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Lutharn Mhor

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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.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Saturday for the six Munros of the Glas Maol circuit just up the road in Glenshee.

Duration
8 -10 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
12
Start time
0830
Start location
Free walkers car park on the road to Dalmunzie Castle Hotel. Paid parking available at the Hotel.

£ 40.00 

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The Loch Lochy Munros

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

The two Munros Meall na Teanga and Sron a' Choire Ghaibh are the two Munros we see rising out of the waters of Loch Lochy when driving on the A82 between Spean Bridge and Fort Augustus. They are a distance of about 4 km down the loch along a forest track used by the Great Glen Way. We vear off the track and up into the bealach picking them off first to our left for Teanga then back to the bealach and up onto Choire Ghaibh before returning for the final time to the bealach and the walk out to Laggan.

The views out over the loch are outstanding and previous visits we have been lucky enough to spot Sea Eagles and Ospreys in the area.

For this ascent we will meet at 0830 at The Eagle Barge Inn, Laggan Locks, PH34 4EA which is just off the A82 at South Laggan. There is car parking nearby from where we will get into as few cars as possible for the drive to the start of the walk.

Previous clients have stayed in the nearby www.greatglenhostel.com which is only a few minutes north on the A82 of the south Laggan Locks.

Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
20 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
The Eagle Barge Inn, Laggan Locks, PH34 4EA

£ 40.00 

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Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Stob a'Choire Odhair has possibly the finest views of Rannoch Moor of any of the Black Mount peaks. Accessed from Victoria Bridge on the West Highland Way, initially on a good path, this soon gives way to a steep climb onto the shoulder before the path becomes intermittent about 300m from the summit.

We summit to those stunning views before heading down the spur and the steep climb up onto the Couloir Buttress of Stob Ghabhar with the summit coming up soon after. At 1090m high, this is a fine viewpoint also, looking into the Black Mount, Glencoe and beyond. Descending by a small waterfall and rejoining the inward track, we are soon down and on the walk out.

A fine horseshoe walk that provides a variety of terrain from easy paths to a narrow ridge section and everything in between.

We will meet at the public car park beside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, PA36 4AD at 0830 before getting into as few vehicles as possible and driving round the single track road to the car park near Victoria Bridge to begin the walk.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
12
Start time
0830
Start location
Bridge of Orchy car park, PA36 4AB

£ 40.00 

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The Grey Corries

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Most of the current hill walking resources don't list the complete traverse of the Grey Corries ridge, for some unknown reason, they miss out Stob Ban, meaning a long walk back in for this solitary Munro for all those who missed it off. We will be including the wonderful Stob Ban on this walk as we traverse the whole ridge.

After a short, steep descent from Stob Ban to the lochan at the head of Coire Rach it's only a 1km walk (steeply) up the south spur to the summit of Stob Choire Claurigh. After this second summit, there's very little ascent\descent when up on the ridge and it's really just a case of enjoying the views and pacing yourself for the distance. From Stob Coire Easain it's out and back to the outlier Sgurr Choinnich Mor, which has a relatively low bealach and steep sides meaning some hands on my be needed,  before dropping off the ridge into the trees and returning to the car.

Meeting at 0800 at the free car park to the rear of the Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, PH34 4EP where we will leave as many cars as possible before driving out to the start of the walk which is up a rough track from Corriechoille Farm.

After leaving the vehicles in the layby on the forestry track, we will head of along the excellent landrover track to the base of Stob Ban by the Lairig bothy.

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

There are a number of B&B's and a Hotel in Spean Bridge or a large variety of accommodation in nearby Fort William including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. Buses and trains are frequent from the Central Belt to Fort William.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
25 km with 2,000m ascent
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Spean Bridge Woolen Mill, PH34 4EP

£ 40.00 

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Rough and Remote, the four Glendessary Munros

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Grade 1
Skill level
Very challenging - Previous experience on challenging walks essential

This is one of my favourite walks. If you have visited Inverie in Knoydart and viewed the classic alpine shaped peak, way up the Glen, that was Sgurr na Ciche. The views from the top looking back down Loch Leven are special, the best in Scotland? Up there, for sure.

We are going to tackle four spectacular Munros in some of the remotest yet most beautiful scenery in the West Highlands. You will need to have an excellent level of fitness for this walk, often on rough, pathless ground and involving a river crossing where we will very likely get wet feet, possibly more.

This is a long 30km circular hike with 2,400m of ascent taking in the stunning Sgurr na Ciche (the photograph accompanying this was taken from the summit looking west) Garbh Chioch Mhor, Sgurr nan Coireachan and Sgurr Mor. This is a long, strenuous day and not to be underestimated. It is not uncommon for it to take at least 12 hours to complete.

The nearest accommodation can be found on the Glendessary Estate in their small, 4 bedded bunkhouse or in the village of Spean Bridge or at the Great Glen Hostel  both in the region of 35 km away. Staying at either of these would mean an hours drive to the start of the walk.

Get in touch if you have any questions. These are big days with routes and mountains that will leave an impression on even the most hardened walker.

Duration
11 - 13 hours
Distance
30 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
End of the public road, Glen Dessary

£ 50.00 

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Sgurr Thuilm and Coireachan, Glenfinnan

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Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only

The two Munros Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan are hidden at the back of Glenfinnan, a good 5km or so walk up the Glen, under the Viaduct, past the Lodge and Corryhully bothy. That 5km walk in\out is on a good road and estate tracks so is covered relatively quickly. The hills themselves are steep and rugged. The ridge linking the two summits is only 4km across but is a tougher prospect than you think with lots of undulation which makes it feel unrelenting. It's worth it for the views though.

This is a walk that would suit those with several Big Munro days under their belt and are able to cope with an extended day of perhaps up to 12 hours and with almost 1,500m of ascent.

There's a new community car park beside the NTS car park (Glenfinnan Monument) which is where we will meet at 0800 to begin the walk.

Why not join us Sunday for the near neighbour of these Munros, Gulvain.

Duration
9 - 11 hours
Distance
24 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Glenfinnan Car Park, PH37 4LT

£ 40.00 

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Gulvain

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Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended

Gulvain is hidden from the road, a walk in\out of some 6km up Gleann Fionnlighe on estate tracks and paths. A steep grassy pull gets you up to 855m and on to the south top. Strike out north to the central top with its trig point before finally heading out to the highest, north top at 987m. The views from here are outstanding and make the long slog to get here feel worthwhile. After a breather, time to turn round and head back the way we came.

There's limited space in a very rough 'lay-by' at the side of the A861 at Trislaig Road End junction with the A830, just under the railway bridge, for car parking.

Why not join us Saturday for the near neighbours of this one, Sgurr Thuilm and Sgurr nan Coireachan.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
21 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Trislaig Road End, A830 junction with A861, Fort William, PH33 7AW

£ 40.00 

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