Trips over the next 3 months

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Three Munros north of Cluanie

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, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chaorainn 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.

Why not join us on Thursday for one of my favourites in the area, Ciste Dhubh (Devils Coffin)

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Ciste Dhubh

Ciste Dhubh is the Munro partially hidden behind the Corbett Am Bathach seen from the front door of the Cluanie Inn. It is a fantastic ridge line and a lovely walk.

The Cluanie Inn is the perfect start\finish for this walk as the path up Am Bathach is just over 1 km along the road and the return path from Ciste Dhubh, depending on which side of the river you prefer, ends in the car park!

Steeply up the grassy Corbett, then along the narrow ridge walking towards Ciste Dhubh shows the Munro in profile, as per the picture above, and really whets the appetite for the fine traverse ahead. Unfortunately the bealach between the Corbett and the Munro is a bit wet and boggy, so be prepared.

The return to the Cluanie Inn for coffee and a blether brings our day to a conclusion, a real cracker.

Why not join us on Wednesday for the three Munros north of Loch Cluanie, Carn Ghlusaid, Sgurr nan Conbhairean and Sail Chorainn.

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NNAS Bronze Navigation

Are you thinking about getting yourself better prepared and skilled up for the season ahead?

Bronze NNAS is designed to introduce the beginner or someone who's out of practice, to the skill of navigating in a fun learning environment. We spend our day, not in a classroom, but out on the hill, coaching and practicing at a pace that suits you.

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze navigation award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate. Silver and Gold awards are also available.

This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days, which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks. You will learn, among other disciplines, how to orientate a map using a compass, relate features from the map to the ground and vice versa, use grid references and how to plan and implement strategies and follow safe routes.

These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What you will need link above for more information, or contact me.

Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

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

A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment.

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£ 85.00 

Saturday

Jul

31

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Bidean nam Bian and the Hidden Valley

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.

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Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

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.

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£ 85.00 

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NNAS Silver Navigation

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead? build your confidence with a navigation course.

NNAS Silver award is a nationally accredited course suitable for those moving on from the Bronze Award, or who are relatively new to navigation but have a basic appreciation, or those wishing to renew, or refresh existing skills. Perhaps you were in the Scouts, Guides, or Cadets and just need a helping hand to remember those skills, this will help you.

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate.

Although it is recommended that you have completed the NNAS Bronze prior to this course, it is not a requirement and will depend on your previous experience. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions regarding your current level of experience.

This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to relate small hills, prominent re-entrants and spurs to their corresponding map contours. Measure distance by timing and pacing. Use a compass to accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features.

These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me.

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

Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment.

The cost of the two day, 12 hour course, is £85 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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£ 95.00 

Saturday

Aug

7

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Creag Meagaidh circuit, three Munros

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.

A lovely walk in the Nature Reserve high above the beautiful Coire Ardair and it's magnificent cliffs, very popular with ice climbers in winter. A distance of about 20 km in length with approximately 1100m of ascent which should take between 8 and 10 hours to complete.

We will tackle the three Munros of Stob Poite a'Choire Ardair, Carn Liath and Creag Meagaidh that are high on this massive mountains plateau. The traverse is on wide. easy ground as after the first Munro ascent, there's not much up and down in between the Munros. As mentioned, you will see some of the best ice climbing cliffs in Scotland and the beautiful Coire Ardair with it's lovely feature, The Window, which allows us to descend steeply from the plateau down into the coire itself and back out to the car park.

Why not join us on Sunday for the two Munros that complete the Creag Meagaidh plateau, Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach.

Previous clients have stayed at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch www.stationlodge.co.uk or in Roybridge which has Hotels and B&B. www.roybridgehotel.co.uk www.stronlossit.co.uk

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Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach

On the western fringes of the Creag Meagaidh plateau are the two less visited Munros Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach. These hills are less visited than their near neighbours of the Creag Meagaidh circuit perhaps due to limited parking and just being on the fringe making a five Munro day too much of a challenge. Lower down the walk can be boggy in the wet ground but once height has been gained it is a lovely walk and I particularly enjoy the spectacular ridgeline of Beinn a'Chaorainn.

Due to limited parking at the start\end of this walk, we will meet in the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve car park and transfer into as few vehicles as possible before driving to the start point. See below for a Google maps link.

Why not make a weekend of it and include Saturdays walk which completes all the Creag Meagaidh plateau Munros.

Previous clients have stayed at the nearby Hostel at Tulloch www.stationlodge.co.uk or in Roybridge which has Hotels and B&B. www.roybridgehotel.co.uk www.stronlossit.co.uk

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8

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South Glenshiel Ridge, Kintail

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?

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Sisters Ridge, Kintail

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

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Forcan ridge, Kintail

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

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£ 45.00 

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Aug

15

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Fisherfield expedition

This is a stunning walk in some of the remotest and beautiful scenery in the West Highlands. This alternative route avoids the bog and river crossings associated with the highly popular Sheneval bothy route and is a much more pleasant way to tackle this remote area, in my opinion.

You will need to have a good level of fitness for this walk which is a mixture of estate paths, rough track, and open, boggy, pathless moorland. These are big mountain days in extremely remote countryside and should not be underestimated. If you have any questions or reservations about your fitness and ability to achieve this walk, please contact me beforehand to discuss.

Day one - Meet at Kinlochewe at the Incheril car park at 1200 hours. From here we will walk into Lochan Fada and setup our base camp on or about Bealach Odhar at about 800m, to give us easy access to the Munros for the coming days. Total distance about 13 km and taking about 4-5 hours.

Day two - From our camp we will head out early to tackle the three Munros, Beinn Tarsuinn, Ruadh Stac Mor and the remotest of them all, A'Mhaighdean, in a circular route bringing us back to base camp. This is a big day of about 16 km, 1,300m of ascent with around 8-10 hours walking.

Day three - Again, from our base camp, head out early to tackle the two Munros of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and Sgurr Ban. Return to camp, pack up and walk out to Kinlochewe. a total days distance of about 20 km, 850m of ascent and taking between 8-10 hours.

If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.

We will meet at Kinlochewe at the Incheril car park at 1200 hours. Take a sharp right (signposted Incheril parking) just as you enter the village over the cattle grid. Follow the single track road for about a mile, passing the Primary School, and you will find the car park on your left in the bushes and trees.

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

Cost is only £135 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book early to avoid disappointment.

Not sure if you're ready for the camping aspect of this trip? Join us for our beginner's wild camping weekend and pick up the skills you'll need.

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Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

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.

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£ 85.00 

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An Teallach and Beinn Dearg four

Based in the Ullapool area we will tackle what many believe to be the grandest of all UK mountains, An Teallach. This is an 18 km day which will take between 8 and 10 hours to complete on tough terrain with exposure and sustained scrambling across the pinnacles to Sgurr Fiona. An unforgettable experience, highly recommended.

Our second day will see us tackle the four Munros of the Beinn Dearg circuit. This is a 27 km traverse of the four Munros, Cona Mheall, Meall nan Ceapraichean, Eididh nan Geala and Beinn Dearg itself. This circuit will take between 9 and 12 hours to complete and is a long day but the terrain is significantly easier than An Teallach.

We will decide on the order of these two days when we know the likely weather forecast, with An Teallach being our main objective. We want to save the best weather possible for this amazing day.

We will meet at 0830 in the large car park on the A835 at the Braemore junction with the A832 on Saturday morning before heading to our chosen hill, depending on the weather forecast.

There are several Hotels and B&B's in Ullapool along with a SYHA.

Ullapool is served by Citylink buses from Edinburgh and Glasgow via Inverness.

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£ 100.00 

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Suilven, amazing Assynt

I always find it a challenge to convince Munro Baggers that are so many other (better?) hills in Scotland than several Munros, Carn Aosda anyone! Assynt is an area chocked full of classic hills, multitudes better in every way (other than easy accessibility) than aforementioned horrible little lump. Photographs go some way to showing them the error of their ways but it never really prepares them for the awesome and unique landscape and Suilven is a brilliant introduction.

On this weekend, our primary target will be the iconic Suilven, remote and challenging, yes, but quite simply unique in stature. An absolute classic hillwalk. We will take stock of the weather forecast and tackle this amazing mountain on the best weather day.

Our other day will be spent on one of the other classic peaks in the Assynt range, the three Corbetts on the Quinag ridge, often said by many to be the finest hillwalk in all of the UK, a stunning walk with incredible views all along it's ridges. Canisp, with it's majestic, rising profile, Cul Mor with one of the postcard views of all the main Assynt peaks around it. There are too many to choose from, but choose we must.

Choice of accommodation is yours. Previous clients have stayed at the Lochinver Bunkhouse and the Culag Hotel, also in Lochinver or camping out at Achmelvich or Clachtoll beaches.

We will meet at 0830 in the car park just to the north of the Church of Scotland building (IV27 4JY), which is on the main A837 through the village.

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Lochnagar Five Munros of the White Mounth

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.

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Cairngorm 4,000's 6 Munro weekend

This walk has everything. It's in the Cairngorms, it's high on the plateau and takes in five of those special Munros that are over 4,000 feet high. You get to camp way up high, over 900m high, with a chance to see the sunrise over Ben Macdui or maybe to be above the clouds. And, we add in the iconic Devils Point Munro, after dinner on the first evening. Wow, what a trip.

This is a fairly challenging walk across the stunning arctic tundra that is the Cairngorm plateau, amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands, taking in the 4,000 foot Munros of Braeriach, Sgor an Lochan Uaine (Angels Peak), Cairn Toul, Ben Macdui and Cairngorm. We will also take in The Devils Point, a Munro but not the magical 4,000 feet, as we're within 1km of it and it offers quite spectacular views. The photo above was taken from the summit on our 2017 trip.

You will need to have a good level of fitness for this walk which is mostly on paths but there are some rough boulder patches to contend with and a significant amount of ascent, some 2,500m across the two days.

Previous experience of camping is not essential as we will spend time coaching you in the art. You will be carrying a rucksack, which may weigh up to 15 kg, as this will contain all your gear for the trip, including shelter, sleeping bag, food and a means to cook it.

Please do not underestimate the level of fitness you will need for these two demanding days. Please contact me in advance if you have any questions.

Day one - Walk from the Sugar Bowl car park, through the Chalamain Gap and across the Lairig Ghru before beginning the ascent of Sron na Lairige on our way to Braerich, the 3rd highest mountain in the UK. Continuing on by the Wells of Dee and up to Angels Peak before crossing to one of my favourite view points, Cairn Toul. We'll be thinking about getting down to camp for dinner then the short detour to The Devils Point is well worth it for the view. 20km and potentially a 10 hour day.

Day two - First we drop down to Corrour Bothy and across the river then heading north, we will pick up the Clach nan Taillear burn and follow the faint path up steep slopes onto the southern flanks of the UK's 2nd highest mountain, Ben Macdui. Views over Lochan Uaine towards Derry Cairngorm will be appreciated before we turn for the summit. A little way passed the summit we get amazing views of the great corries of Braeriach that we traversed just 24 hours earlier. High on the plateau now we head for Cairngorm and its automatic weather station. Hell's Lum Crag and Coire an t-Sneachda are passed on the way. After Cairngorm we will drop into the Cas restaurant for a coffee, just 1km north, on our route downhill and back to the Sugar Bowl car park. 18km and potentially a 9 hour day.

If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.

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.

We will meet at 0815 on Saturday morning in the public car park opposite The Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH. We will have a kit check before heading to the start of our walk at the Sugar Bowl car park for 0900.

Not sure if you're ready for the camping aspect of this trip? Join us for our beginner's wild camping weekend and pick up the skills you'll need.

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Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar

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.

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Six Munro Ben Alder expedition

Ben Alder is a magnificent mountain in a remote setting at the end of Rannoch Moor and some 16 km from Dalwhinnie. It's surrounded by a further five Munros, making an expedition into the area well worth while. This is a challenging trip where your fitness and stamina will be tested walking in steep, mountainous terrain, far from civilisation.

Day one. Walk the 16 km from Dalwhinnie along good estate tracks and paths to the area by Culra Bothy (now disused and closed by the estate due to the presence of asbestos) Set camp, relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Day two. Leaving all our kit in base camp, we'll be up early and heading out to tackle this magnificent six Munro circuit in an epic 12 hour day. From behind the bothy, up onto Cairn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn before crossing the glen and up onto Ben Alder, across the vast plateau then down and over Beinn Bheoil. This is a 27 km day and will be a real test of your fitness and stamina with over 2,000m ascent.

Day three. A leisurely rise and after breaking camp, we will walk the 16 km back out to Dalwhinnie for a well earned coffee in the Ericht Hotel

If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.

We will meet at 1200 on Friday 10th September 2021 at the Petrol Station on the main road in Dalwhinnie. There is a car park where we can leave our vehicles, the charge is £3 per vehicle per night and is payable in the Petrol Station.. Dalwhinnie is served by good bus and train links and there are some local B&B options such as Balsporran Cottages B&B or in Dalwhinnie itself.

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

Please contact me in advance if you have any questions or concerns.

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NNAS Silver Navigation

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead? build your confidence with a navigation course.

NNAS Silver award is a nationally accredited course suitable for those moving on from the Bronze Award, or who are relatively new to navigation but have a basic appreciation, or those wishing to renew, or refresh existing skills. Perhaps you were in the Scouts, Guides, or Cadets and just need a helping hand to remember those skills, this will help you.

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate.

Although it is recommended that you have completed the NNAS Bronze prior to this course, it is not a requirement and will depend on your previous experience. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions regarding your current level of experience.

This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to relate small hills, prominent re-entrants and spurs to their corresponding map contours. Measure distance by timing and pacing. Use a compass to accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features.

These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me.

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

Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment.

The cost of the two day, 12 hour course, is £85 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Lutharn Mhor

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.

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The Three stunning Knoydart Munros

Knoydart is often referred to as the last great wilderness in the UK. It is certainly some of the remotest, rugged, challenging and most beautiful scenery in the West Highlands. To tackle these remote mountains you will need to be fit, resilient, and have good movement on often pathless steep ground. You are probably well into your Munros and are capable of several back-to-back, challenging, days. The rewards for achieving this trip are great.

Day one - Walk from Kinloch Hourn along the rough path beside Loch Beag for 10 km into Barisdale where we will setup base camp. There is a small private bothy run by the estate which has 12 bunk-bed spaces, running water, a flushing toilet and not much else. There is a small area to camp outside and share the facilities of the bothy. There is an honesty box in the bothy for a few pounds per nights stay (£3 last time I visited). It is essential that everyone takes a tent as space in the bothy cannot be guaranteed.

Day two - From Barisdale we will ascend towards Mam Barrisdale and summit Luinne Bheinn and Meall Bhuidhe before descending back north towards Mam Barrisdale and returning to base camp at Barisdale bothy. This walk is a distance of about 17 km and should take no more than eight hours.

Day three - Again, from Barisdale, up early, we will take on the quite stunning mountain that is Ladhar Bheinn by ascending via Coire Dhorrcail and up onto the spectacular ridge to the airy summit cairn before returning the same way. This walk is a distance of about 13 km. We will now pack up base camp and return the 10 km back to Kinloch Hourn.

These are big mountain days in remote countryside and should not be underestimated. Please speak to me in advance if you are in anyway unsure.

If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.

We will meet at 1200 in the carpark at the end of the public road at Kinloch Hourn. The car park has an honesty box for a small charge when leaving your car for the three days, it was £5 last time I visited.There is a cafe in the house\hotel opposite the car park which sells tea and coffee (when it's open!) After a kit check, we will begin our walk into Barisdale by 1300, expecting to arrive no later than about 1700.

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

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3 day camping expedition, Glenfinnan to Knoydart

Looking to get into long distance backpacking, maybe the West Highland Way is on your radar? Having learned the basics on our wild camping experience earlier in the season This is a great way to hone your skills building up to the longer treks.

This is a quite stunning walk in some of the remotest and beautiful scenery in the West Highlands. This walk covers the route I did with the BBC Travel Show in Spring of 2016 for their piece on Natural Navigation, presented by Benjamin Zand and shown on BBC 2 in May 2016.

You will need to have a good level of fitness for this walk which is a mixture of estate paths, landrover tracks, eroded rocky rights of way and wet peat bog. Previous experience of camping is not essential as we will spend time coaching you in the art. You will be carrying a rucksack, which may weigh up to 15 kg, as this will contain all your gear for the trip, including shelter, sleeping bag, food and a means to cook it. Please ensure you have the appropriate level of fitness and determination to succeed in a remote environment. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions.

Day one - Walk from the Glenfinnan Monument visitor centre under the viaduct used in the Harry Potter film, past Corryhully bothy and through Glen Finnan before dropping down into Gleann Cuirnean, a distance of about 18km. Our first night will be spent camping by the river Pean.

Day two - Into Glen Dessary and across the Bealach an Lagain Duibh, past the Lochan a' Mhaim before dropping down to Sourlies bothy where we will camp outside by the beach. Day two is about 20km.

Day three - From Sourlies to the ruin at Carloch before turning west and up the steep path to Mam Meadail from where we might just glimpse the first houses of Inverie in the distance. Downhill all the way now on a good path into the village of Inverie, a distance of about 20km.

From here individuals can either elect to stay the night locally, choice of accommodation is yours, either camp or stay in the bunkhouse by contacting via email or Tel 01687462163 or get the last ferry from Inverie to Mallaig at 1830, which needs to be booked in advance at Western Isles Cruises or by calling 01687462233.

Those electing to stay can enjoy an evening in The Old Forge pub\restaurant (we will have a table booked) and take the Monday morning ferry at either 0800 or 1100.

If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.

We will meet at 1100 on Friday 17th September 2021 in the Long Stay car park (free), Mallaig where we leave a couple of vehicles to help with travel logistics on our return. We will then all jump into another couple of cars and drive to Glenfinnan for a coffee before starting our walk around 1230.

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

Please contact me in advance if you have any questions or concerns.

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The Grey Corries

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.

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Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

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.

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Rough and Remote, the four Glendessary Munros

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.

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NNAS Bronze Navigation

Are you thinking about getting yourself better prepared and skilled up for the season ahead?

Bronze NNAS is designed to introduce the beginner or someone who's out of practice, to the skill of navigating in a fun learning environment. We spend our day, not in a classroom, but out on the hill, coaching and practicing at a pace that suits you.

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze navigation award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate. Silver and Gold awards are also available.

This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days, which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to plan and follow routes in the countryside using paths and tracks. You will learn, among other disciplines, how to orientate a map using a compass, relate features from the map to the ground and vice versa, use grid references and how to plan and implement strategies and follow safe routes.

These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What you will need link above for more information, or contact me.

Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

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

A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment.

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Macdui, Mheadhoin and Cairngorm loop

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.

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NNAS Silver Navigation

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead? build your confidence with a navigation course.

NNAS Silver award is a nationally accredited course suitable for those moving on from the Bronze Award, or who are relatively new to navigation but have a basic appreciation, or those wishing to renew, or refresh existing skills. Perhaps you were in the Scouts, Guides, or Cadets and just need a helping hand to remember those skills, this will help you.

The National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver navigator award is a National Standard recognised by Mountain Training, Glenmore Lodge, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Orienteering and other organisations. It is accredited by the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Level 4 and 2 SCQF credit points are awarded on successful completion along with an officially recognised certificate.

Although it is recommended that you have completed the NNAS Bronze prior to this course, it is not a requirement and will depend on your previous experience. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions regarding your current level of experience.

This is a twelve hour course held over two, consecutive, six hour days which includes the assessment in the second half of day two. On successful completion of the award you will be able to relate small hills, prominent re-entrants and spurs to their corresponding map contours. Measure distance by timing and pacing. Use a compass to accurately follow a bearing, aim off, check the direction of handrails and other linear features.

These are predominantly outdoor, practical days, there is no planned classroom work involved, please dress and equip yourself for a day on the hills and bring any food and drink you may need. See the What do I need? link above for more information, or contact me.

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

Meet at 10am in the car park beside the Falkland Library, Back Wynd, Falkland, Fife KY15 7BX

A certificate of competence will be issued to those who complete the course assessment.

The cost of the two day, 12 hour course, is £85 per person Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Torridon Giants

Torridon is another of those magical areas of Scotland that just have to be visited, seeing this landscape will take your breath away. It's a Mecca for hillwalkers with its magnificent sandstone peaks rising out of the sea. The views are amazing, the memories will last a lifetime but it'll make you want to come back, again and again.

These will be challenging, memorable walks where some grade 1 scrambling may be involved, with exposure, (depending on the hills walked) in amongst the Torridon giants. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this walk and a head for heights and exposure.

We will tackle some of the iconic peaks of the area and depending on the weather, will look at Liathach (Scotland's finest mountain?), Beinn Alligin, Ben Eighe, Slioch and some of the lesser known but just as impressive in Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh or Moruisg.

Choice of accommodation is yours. There's the Torridon Hotel, a free campsite is available beside the Youth Hostel which also has access to free toilets and showers (donations are welcomed) - use my discount code King-19 for 10% off - or local B&Bs including Tighloran

We will meet at 0900 in the car park outside the Torridon Visitor Centre (opposite the campsite) each morning to begin the walk unless otherwise agreed. If the weather means group safety on these rugged and unforgiving mountains will be compromised, alternative walks will be arranged.

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

Cost is only £100 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book early to avoid disappointment. These weekends are usually extremely popular.

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The Six Monar Munros

The Loch Monar Munros are mostly hidden away in the area south of Achnashellach, east of Attadale and mainly congregate in a horseshoe at the west end of Loch Monar. Difficult to get at this cluster of hills, both Munros and Corbetts usually take multiple trips to access them. On this trip, we will tackle them all anti-clockwise starting and finishing at Craig, Achnashellach, near to the famous Gerry's Hostel.

Day 1 will be out to Lurg Mhor and Sheasgaich via Beinn Tharsuinn (Corbett) before we drop down to the lochside to camp for the evening.

Day 2 a steep ascent from camp onto Sgurr Choinnich, Sgurr a' Chaorachain then out to Maoile Lunndaidh. After these three fine three summits we will push on to Glenuaig Lodge with the aim of setting camp at the climbers bothy.

Day 3 finish with Moruisg and Sgurr nan Ceannaichean (Corbett) then back to the start point.

Very remote, very long, very steep with lots of ascent would be a quick but accurate statement for this trip, it will be a stiff test of your fitness, stamina and resolve. We will be out for three days, carrying all our equipment to be self-sufficient and wild camping on the way. As we're late in the season the dreaded midge will be gone and the days a little shorter and cooler so pack accordingly.

A hugely rewarding trip, well worth the effort. If in any doubt as to your fitness or if you need a loan of some kit, tent, sleeping bag, stove, as ever, get in touch before booking for a chat.

The photo accompanying is of Lurg Mhor taken from Sheasgaich, loch monar can be seen to the left.

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Practical Winter Skills course

Are you looking to take those first steps out onto the hills this winter, or to brush up on some rusty skills?

This is a two day practical winter skills course designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently. We will cover appropriate winter kit, movement on snow & ice, including kicking steps, use of the ice axe for walking, cutting steps and ice axe arrest. Use of crampons, safe route choice and basic avalanche awareness. Core techniques of winter navigation and emergency procedures. A certificate will be issued to those who complete the course.

Using Aviemore as our base for the weekend, this is an enjoyable two day practical winter skills course held in and around Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms.

You will need to bring multiple layers of warm clothing, an insulating jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves, mittens, goggles and a head torch. Sufficient food and drink for an extended day on the hills. Ice axe, B2 rated stiff soled boots, crampons and a helmet are required to participate in this course. These items can be hired from outlets such as www.tiso.com (store now open in Aviemore) should you not have your own.

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.

We will meet at 0845 in the public car park opposite the Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH for a kit check prior to making our way to Cairngorm Mountain ski area car park.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us prior to booking.

More bespoke courses can be arranged to meet your specific requirements, from a single day up to five days, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Practical Winter Skills course

Are you looking to take those first steps out onto the hills this winter, or to brush up on some rusty skills?

This is a two day practical winter skills course designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently. We will cover appropriate winter kit, movement on snow & ice, including kicking steps, use of the ice axe for walking, cutting steps and ice axe arrest. Use of crampons, safe route choice and basic avalanche awareness. Core techniques of winter navigation and emergency procedures. A certificate will be issued to those who complete the course.

Using Aviemore as our base for the weekend, this is an enjoyable two day practical winter skills course held in and around Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms.

You will need to bring multiple layers of warm clothing, an insulating jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves, mittens, goggles and a head torch. Sufficient food and drink for an extended day on the hills. Ice axe, B2 rated stiff soled boots, crampons and a helmet are required to participate in this course. These items can be hired from outlets such as www.tiso.com (store now open in Aviemore) should you not have your own.

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.

We will meet at 0845 in the public car park opposite the Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH for a kit check prior to making our way to Cairngorm Mountain ski area car park.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us prior to booking.

More bespoke courses can be arranged to meet your specific requirements, from a single day up to five days, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Practical Winter Skills course

Are you looking to take those first steps out onto the hills this winter, or to brush up on some rusty skills?

This is a two day practical winter skills course designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently. We will cover appropriate winter kit, movement on snow & ice, including kicking steps, use of the ice axe for walking, cutting steps and ice axe arrest. Use of crampons, safe route choice and basic avalanche awareness. Core techniques of winter navigation and emergency procedures. A certificate will be issued to those who complete the course.

Using Aviemore as our base for the weekend, this is an enjoyable two day practical winter skills course held in and around Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms.

You will need to bring multiple layers of warm clothing, an insulating jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves, mittens, goggles and a head torch. Sufficient food and drink for an extended day on the hills. Ice axe, B2 rated stiff soled boots, crampons and a helmet are required to participate in this course. These items can be hired from outlets such as www.tiso.com (store now open in Aviemore) should you not have your own.

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.

We will meet at 0845 in the public car park opposite the Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH for a kit check prior to making our way to Cairngorm Mountain ski area car park.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us prior to booking.

More bespoke courses can be arranged to meet your specific requirements, from a single day up to five days, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Practical Winter Skills course

Are you looking to take those first steps out onto the hills this winter, or to brush up on some rusty skills?

This is a two day practical winter skills course designed to introduce you to a range of core skills that will enable you to enjoy and move about the mountains in winter conditions, competently and confidently. We will cover appropriate winter kit, movement on snow & ice, including kicking steps, use of the ice axe for walking, cutting steps and ice axe arrest. Use of crampons, safe route choice and basic avalanche awareness. Core techniques of winter navigation and emergency procedures. A certificate will be issued to those who complete the course.

Using Aviemore as our base for the weekend, this is an enjoyable two day practical winter skills course held in and around Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms.

You will need to bring multiple layers of warm clothing, an insulating jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves, mittens, goggles and a head torch. Sufficient food and drink for an extended day on the hills. Ice axe, B2 rated stiff soled boots, crampons and a helmet are required to participate in this course. These items can be hired from outlets such as www.tiso.com (store now open in Aviemore) should you not have your own.

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.

We will meet at 0845 in the public car park opposite the Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH for a kit check prior to making our way to Cairngorm Mountain ski area car park.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us prior to booking.

More bespoke courses can be arranged to meet your specific requirements, from a single day up to five days, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Wild camping skills

Are you looking to get ready for the season ahead, thinking of some wild camps to allow for those multi-hill or multi day expeditions? This relaxed and highly informative weekend is just what you need to gain the confidence to get out camping on your own, or with friends.

The course will cover all the basic skills to get about in the UK mountains, including navigation, equipment, weather, emergency procedures, camp craft and of course, some great walking. An ideal way to learn the skills needed before taking on more remote expeditions. We will also discuss and practice skills for tackling river crossings.

Our walk is about 16 - 20 km in length, split over the two days and depends on the route we take. We will have an overnight camp covering all aspects of campcraft, such as picking a site, orientating the tent, where to collect water, how to deal with waste and much more. By the end of the trip you should feel confident to head out and practice the skills learned on your own and we believe you will be setup for the camping season ahead.

Click on this link for an example of gear to take. (Contact me in advance if you need a loan of some gear, I have a few spare tents, sleeping bags, stoves etc)

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 1100. After an equipment check, 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.

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Northern triangle

These are fantastic walks on the most Northerly Munros in the country. They are considered remote due to their distance from the Central Belt rather than distance from a road. The landscape is unique in Scotland, photographs never give the true scale of the wilderness with few roads, villages and even less people.

Day one, Friday - Ben Hope, the most Northerly of them all. We will drive from our base in Lairg, via Altnaharra, a distance of about 35 miles but due to the single track roads, it will take us at least an hour. Ben Hope itself is a short but steep walk which should only take around six hours to complete. The views are amazing in all directions. On our return we will stop of at the famous Crask Inn for a refreshment and some cake.

Day two, Saturday - Ben More Assynt and Conival. We will drive from our base in Lairg to Inchnadamph and park at the Hotel. This is a 33 mile drive, taking about 1 hour. The walk begins immediately from this point and takes us on a 17 km linear trek across the ridge that links these two Munros. It should take us about 8-9 hours to complete.

Day three, Sunday - Ben Klibreck (Meall Nam Con), just a 15 mile drive from our base to Vagastie Bridge where we will pick up the track for the hill. Another relatively short day at only 14 km, the final 200m section is a little steep but we should have this one in the bag within 7 hours.

There is a campsite in Lairg at www.pondside.co.uk and a Hotel (which also has a Bunkhouse) in nearby Invershin. There are also several B&B's in either location to suit all tastes.

We will meet at 9am in the large public car park below the Church of Scotland, A836, Lairg, IV27 4BL where we will organise car share for the days trip.

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Three days on the Skye Cuillin

These will be magical days spent in the unique Cuillin of Skye. Famed for its scrambling and climbing, it has been a mecca for climbers for over 100 years.

The mountains here are some of the most challenging in the UK and revered by us hill walkers. With significant grade 1 and grade 2 scrambling involved, on most peaks, with exposure, in some of the most beautiful Island scenery on the Island of Skye in the West Highlands. You will need to have a good level of fitness for these walks as well as a head for heights and exposure.

With several guides on hand and small group sizes, we will tackle some of the iconic peaks of the Cuillin and depending on the weather and the group experience, will look at Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Basteir, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr nan Eag and Sgurr Dubh Mor as well as other peaks of the Black Cuillin.

We will also include an option for clients to ascend the Inaccessible Pinnacle, affectionately known as the 'Inn Pinn', the only Munro that needs to be climbed. Again, depending on the weather, clients will be able to tackle this infamous peak with a climbing instructor for a small additional fee, paid in advance. The Instructor will provide helmets and harnesses for the short climb.

Choice of accommodation is yours. Sligachan offer a Hotel, with a bar and large restaurant open to walkers, a bunkhouse, self catering lodges and a campsite. An alternative campsite in Broadford is Camping Skye.

We will meet at 0830 in the car park outside the Sligachan Hotel on each morning to begin the walk unless otherwise agreed. If the weather means group safety on the Cuillin will be compromised, alternative walks will be arranged on Skye.

Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact. Sligachan is on the main City Link bus route from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is a direct service.

Cost is only £150 per person. It's highly recommended that you check your chosen accommodation on the Island first and please book early to avoid disappointment, this event is by far our most popular weekend trip.

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Loch Ossian Munros

The tiny, remote, railway station at Corrour, famously shown in the film Trainspotting, really is a cracking spot to spend a weekend in the hills. With no public road access, walking in or the train are our only options. The fantastic off-grid Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is a 20 minute walk from the station and will be our base for the weekend. We have a 12 person dormitory booked for our private use the evenings of 30th and 31st July 2021. Please note the Youth Hostel is self catering so you will need to bring your food. You will also need a towel, there are none available to hire. More information about the Hostel here.

Simplest access from the East of the country is from Rannoch Station. From here it's only a short 10 minute train ride north to the next stop, Corrour. If coming from the West, the closest hop on is at Upper Tyndrum Station and it takes about an hour to get to Corrour.

We hope that you can join us on Friday evening but if you prefer to arrive early on Saturday morning, we will be leaving the Youth Hostel at 0930.

The nearby (well, 20 minute walk) Corrour Station House cafe serves food and we have a provisional booking for the Saturday evening, should you wish to dine out, rather than self cater in the Youth Hostel.

Saturday morning we will head out and tackle Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg in a nice easy circular route and pop into the recently refurbished Corrour Station House cafe for a coffee. Back to the Youth Hostel for our overnight, remember to bring your own rations for the weekend and I'm sure there will be a wee tipple and a blether.

Sunday morning, depending on train times, up sharp and out to tackle the easy Beinn Na Lap which is only 7 km and 550m ascent right out the back of the Youth Hostel. Return and checkout before getting the train home.

A lovely relaxed weekend in a beautiful, remote setting, taking in the Munros at a leisurely pace.

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Torridon Giants

Torridon is another of those magical areas of Scotland that just have to be visited, seeing this landscape will take your breath away. It's a Mecca for hillwalkers with its magnificent sandstone peaks rising out of the sea. The views are amazing, the memories will last a lifetime but it'll make you want to come back, again and again.

These will be challenging, memorable walks where some grade 1 scrambling may be involved, with exposure, (depending on the hills walked) in amongst the Torridon giants. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this walk and a head for heights and exposure.

We will tackle some of the iconic peaks of the area and depending on the weather, will look at Liathach (Scotland's finest mountain?), Beinn Alligin, Ben Eighe, Slioch and some of the lesser known but just as impressive in Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh or Moruisg.

Choice of accommodation is yours. There's the Torridon Hotel, a free campsite is available beside the Youth Hostel which also has access to free toilets and showers (donations are welcomed) - use my discount code King-19 for 10% off - or local B&Bs including Tighloran

We will meet at 0900 in the car park outside the Torridon Visitor Centre (opposite the campsite) each morning to begin the walk unless otherwise agreed. If the weather means group safety on these rugged and unforgiving mountains will be compromised, alternative walks will be arranged.

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

Cost is only £100 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book early to avoid disappointment. These weekends are usually extremely popular.

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Summer Solstice on Ben Nevis

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.

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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.

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