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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 Stables, Falkland Estate, Falkland, Fife KY15 7AF

Please bring a suitable compass of a type similar to a Silva Ranger 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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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 The Stables, Falkland Estate, Falkland, Fife KY15 7AF

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

The cost of the two day, 12 hour course, is £99 per person. Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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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.

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 8am 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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Your First Munro - Mayar

Make 2024 the year you challenge yourself to do something new.

If you've always wanted to climb a Munro but don't know where to start then this is for you.

The emphasis of the day is fun! Your guide will lead you to the summit of Mayar stopping to talk about the main things you need to know about the Scottish mountains. We'll ascend by the iconic Corrie Fee and from the summit we'll descend to the Kilbo path. Depending on time and group energy, we may add the summit of Driesh to our walk.

We'll meet at the Glen Doll Ranger station for a kit check at 8:30am. There are toilets and a visitor centre making this an ideal starting point. There is a parking charge to support the upkeep of these fantastic facilities so please bring some coins (was £2).

If you have any questions about the day then please get in touch to discuss.

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The Fisherfields

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 £165 per person (maximum group size is 10) 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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Nine Munros of the Fannaichs

Another one of those Scottish Classics, a full round of all nine Munro summits of the Fannichs, split into two big mountain days of about 25 km each. A beautiful and stunning area that takes effort to get into but is rewarded with excellent views and great walking.

You will need to have a good level of fitness for this walk which is mostly pathless on the walk in\out with some areas of boggy ground and a significant amount of ascent, some 2,500m across the two days. The walking between the summits is surprisingly easy going with some stalkers paths and more gentle slopes than you might expect. It's the getting into and out of the hills that takes it out of the legs! Please do not underestimate the level of fitness you will need for these two demanding days.

Day one - Walk from the A832 near to Loch a' Bhraoin, south, into the Fannichs. We will take in the summits of A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac, Sgurr nan Each, Sgurr nan Clach Geala and Meall a' Chrasgaidh. 25 km and potentially a 11 hour day.

Day two - From the Torrandhu Bridge car park on the A835 at the end of Loch Glascarnoch we cross the road south into the forest and follow the Abhainn a' Ghiubhais Li river for a short distance before picking a route south up onto An Coileachan, our first Munro of the day. Then clockwise to Meall Ghorm, Sgurr Mor and finally Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich before descending back towards the river and out to the carpark. Another 25 km and potentially an 11 hour day.

We will meet at 0830 on Saturday morning at the layby on the A835 Braemore junction with the A832 and transfer into as few vehicles as possible as parking is limited 5km further on at the start of our walk.

Previous clients have used Ullapool as a base for a weekend in the area with the following being popular. The SYHA, Forest Way private bunkhouse or the Caledonian Hotel. All are within a 20 minute drive of the start points for this walk.

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Meall nan Euan, Stob Coir' an Albannaich and Glas Bheinn Mhor

Stob Coir'an Albannaich and Meall nan Eun are the two lesser visited Munros in Glen Etive, rather overshadowed by their grand neighbour, Ben Starav, and the classic peaks of Glen Coe to the North.  This route is a bit boggy underfoot at the start and end of the walk, one for the gaiters really, but once up on the hill they transform into fine, rocky hills and are very enjoyable. We'll also aim to add on Glas Bheinn Mhor after it came up in a few requests for 2024!

We will meet at 0800 in the Glencoe Ski Centre car park, PH49 4HZ where we will get into as few cars as possible before driving into Glen Etive as parking is very limited at the start\finish of our route.

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

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Buachaille Etive Beag

Thinking about climbing your first Munro in 2024? 

Buachaille Etive Beag (aka the Wee Buachaille) sits in the shadow of its big sibling Buachaille Etive Mor. It is one of the finest Munros that is suitable for beginners. In fact, there are actually two Munros on the Wee Buachaille! Nestled amongst the Glen Coe hills are with superb views along Glen Etive, this really is a gem. This would also be suitable for those who are attending our Saturday walk in Glen Etive and are looking for a shorter walk the following day.

We'll meet at the Beehive carpark at 0830 where we will do a quick kit check before heading off for the day.

Throughout the day we will cover various aspects of hill skills and safety to help those new to our sport gain confidence for more!

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£ 50.00 

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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 early in the season the dreaded midge shouldn't quite be with us yet but the days a little shorter and cooler so pack be sure to pack your warm clothes.

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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Your first Munro - Ben Lawers

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

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

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

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

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

We will meet in the car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 09:00 before driving the last few miles together to the NTS car park which is off the A827 near Mornish on the Glen Lyon road. The car park has an elevation of about 425m which gives a high starting point for this walk. Beinn Ghlas, another Munro at 1,103m, may be passed on the way to Ben Lawers, depending on our route.

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

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

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

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Introduction to ridge walking

You are probably getting into this hillwalking hobby now and have enjoyed a few of the less demanding hills. Perhaps it's time to move up a level and gain some skills that will help with movement on steep ground. This day is ideal or those looking to build confidence in more challenging terrain whilst supervised in a safe environment.

Meall nan Tarmachan is a quick and easy Munro to ascend from the NTS car park on the road to Glen Lyon. To do this route justice though, it's best to not descend the way you came, but to continue on along the ridge to experience the varied terrain which then provides a chance to practise some very mild Grade 1 scrambling and a short, narrow section of ridge to walk across. Your guide will be on hand to demonstrate appropriate techniques and offer coaching in both descent and ascent. It's also a fantastic viewpoint to soak up the stunning vista of Loch Tay and the Perthshire countryside.

We will meet in the McLaren Hall car park, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 09:00 before driving the last few miles together to the NTS car park which is off the A827 near Mornish on the Glen Lyon road. The car park has an elevation of about 425m which gives a high starting point for this walk.

Our day will be about route finding, gentle grade one scrambling and practicing movement on steep terrain.

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

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

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Three days on the Skye Cuillin, your first Cuillin trip!

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.

A small group of no more than six clients per leader will tackle the three peaks of Sgùrr na Banachdich, Bruach na Frithe and Blà Bheinn (Blaven). These three peaks offer some mild scrambling and airy ridges, without the need for climbing equipment.

Choice of accommodation is yours. Sligachan offer a Hotel, with a bar and large restaurant open to walkers, a bunkhouse andself catering lodges. 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 £185 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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Three days on the Skye Cuillin tackling the more difficult peaks

If you have any specific peaks you wish to climb, please contact us before booking to ensure we can accommodate your needs.

Famed for its scrambling and climbing, Skye's Cuillin Ridge has been a magnet for climbers for over 100 years.

The mountains here are some of the most challenging in the UK. With significant scrambling and exposure involved on most peaks, this trip is for those who really want to push their limits. 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 a ratio of 1 guide to two clients, 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 and self catering lodges. 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 £350 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.

If you'd like to book with a friend then please get in touch upon booking to let us know so that we can assign you the same guide for the trip.

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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 one of the cafes in Dalwhinnie.

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 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.

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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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 one of the cafes in Dalwhinnie.

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 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.

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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Ring of Steall

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.

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Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean, the two Western Mamores

This two Munro walk from Glen Nevis takes in the two westernmost Munros of Mullach nan Coirean and Stob Ban. The photo accompanying is of Stob Ban and is our intended approach route. It's a stunning mountain from this angle. This is a fantastic day with the walk into Coire a' Mhusgain a particular favourite of mine. Stob Ban is steep and rocky and has a lovely ridge walk with some great views.

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.

We will meet at 0830 in the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving down the Glen to the start of the route.

Why not join us on Saturday for The Ring of Steall and make a weekend of it?

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South Glenshiel Ridge, Kintail

This is an 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.

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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.
It's also one of the few hills in this stunning area that is suitable for beginners.

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.

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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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Solstice Mountain Bivy on Mt Keen

Ever wanted to watch the sun rise on the longest day from the top of a Munro? This is the trip for you!

Bivying is a type of very basic camping that involves you sleeping inside a waterproof bag instead of a tent. You stuff in your sleeping bag and sleeping mat then lie and watch the stars.

Mt Keen is Scotland's most easterly Munro so has the most uninterrupted view to the sun rise.

We'll meet at the carpark in Glen Esk at 3pm and begin our hike to the summit.
We'll plan to eat dinner on the summit and watch the sun going down before retreating to our bivy for the night. We'll then wake up for the sun rise.

Should the weather be inclement we may choose a different bivy spot but we'll aim to be as close to the summit as possible.

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Beinn Dearg Mor

Beinn Dearg Mor is arguably Scotland's most spectacular mountain! If it's so good then why have you never heard of it before? Probably for two reasons.
1. It's not a Munro - Biggest doesn't mean best! BDM is a Corbett.
2. It's not easy to get to. It's an isolated mountain with long approaches from all directions. We'll take the fastest and use bikes to help us get there!

Not only is this mountain breathtakingly beautiful, it is one of the most geomorphologically interesting in all of the country and your I studied it as part of my degree so will explain many of the fascinating intricacies of this stunning mountain as we go

We'll meet at Gruinard Bay and hop on our bikes. The track to Loch na Sealga is just under 10km and an easy cycle with very little climbing involved. It is best suited to a mountain bike but if you're a confidence rider then a gravel or hybrid will manage.

From Loch na Sealga, we'll head for the ridge that leads to Beinn Dearg Beag. The ridge can be as challenging as we choose with most (but not all) scrambling optional. The views towards An Teallach and the Fisherfields are outstanding but the best is saved for last. After a rough descent to the bealach we'll ascend to Beinn Dearg Mor. Nothing prepares you for the magnificance of this summit. It's complicated, dramatic and difficult to leave. We will have to leave though as from here we need to return to our bikes. We'll descend to the loch and hike the soggy trail back to our bikes before cruising back to our cars.

This truly is one of the best days out in Scotland and is not to be missed.

Please make sure your bike is in full working order before attending. This is a challenging day and we don't want anyone to be disappointed due to an avoidable mechanical issue. We recommend a full service. You should also bring some basic repair items specific to your bike including a spare tube and rear hanger. If you're not sure what your bike needs then ask at a local bike shop. They'll always be able to help!

We operate a no helmet, no ride policy.

Any questions then please get in touch.

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Slioch

Slioch stands alone as an iconic and instantly recognisable shape erupting from the shores of Loch Maree.


It's a beautiful hill with a fantastic view across to the Fisherfields and the coast.

We'll meet at 0830 at the Incheril carpark. The walk in is around an hours walk along Loch Maree so your legs will be warmed up when we start the climb. It's steep but you're rewarded quickly by the views south across Loch Maree. For maximum effect, we'll aim to complete a circular walk around the edge of the impressive Coire na Sleaghaich taking in the summit of Slioch and the Munro top of Sgurr an Tuill Bhain.

This is a real cracker and not to be missed.

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The Remote Glen Affric Munros

The Glen Affric Munros are often among the last that people compleating a round of the Munros tend to climb. This is down to their remoteness rather than technical difficulty. In fact, Mullach na Dheiragain is often cited as one of the most remote Munros on the entire list only really rivalled by Lurg Mhor.

We'll have two guides and there will be the option to set off at either 10am or 2pm on the Friday. This allows those who want to make the most of the day to have a leisurely walk in and those who'd like a lie in to arrive later. We'll hike into the Glen and camp low level on the Friday evening.

On Saturday we'll head for Mullach na Dheiragain, returning over Sgurr na Ceathramhnan and An Socach. Weather and group dependent we'll either head back down to camp or extend the walk to include Sunday's summits too.

On Sunday we'll aim for Beinn Fhionnlaidh, Carn Eighe and Mam Sodhail before returning to take down out tents and walk back out to the starting point.

This is a physically demanding expedition. If you have any doubts about your fitness and ability to take part then please get in touch before booking.
We have a small number of tents and stoves that can be hired out for a small additional fee should you need it.

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The Four Eastern Mammores

The four Eastern Mammores are a less popular than their neighbours. This is purely because the name “Ring of Steall” sounds more dramatic and is nothing to do with the quality or challenge of the day. These four Munros offer a challenging and rewarding day out in their own right.

We’ll start in Kinlochleven and ascend steadily, to Coire an Lochain. There are excellent views across Loch Eilde Mor and back towards Loch Leven but the best view is of Sgurr Eilde Mor across the Lochain. From here, it’s a short (but steep) haul up tour first summit of the day - Sgurr Eilde Mor. We return via the same route to the lochain before crossing Coire a’Bhinnein to reach the foot of Binnein Mor. Binnein Mor reminds me of Stob Ban next to the Grey Corries. It looks tiny compared to it’s giant neighbours and it's hard to believe it's a Munro but its shape and situation provide an excellent vantage point. From here Binnein Mor looks absolutely huge! We’ll descend to the low point between the two before traversing over to the dramatic northern ridge which leads to the summit of Binnein Mor. Binnein Mor is a fantastic summit and my favourite in the Mammores. Beyond the summit, the ridge widens and the walk continues over a minor peak to reach Na Gruagaichean, our final summit of the day. The descent from Na Gruagaichean is rough and pathless which makes for a tough end to the day but once again the views to Loch Leven open up making it an enjoyable one.

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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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Lochnagar Five Munros of the White Mounth

A long day taking in all five Munros of The White Mounth, including Lochnagar, Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn. Lochnagar is a true icon which never fails to impress.

The classic, traditional big circular route of the White Mounth. A challenging day, yes, but really only due to the distance and requirement for precise 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.

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.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us for a leg stretch around the Cairnwell Munros on Sunday?

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Cairnwell, Three Munros

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, but previous Munro experience is not necessary. We have a really straightforward multi-summit day to 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.

This would also be a great leg stretch for those joining us on the Lochnagar 5 the day before.

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 breakfast roll/coffee and a blether before we start our day.

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Cairngorm 4,000s - 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.

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 Cairngorm Mountain Sports, 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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The Four Glendessary Munros

This is another 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 Nevis 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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The Mullardoch Munros

The Mullardoch Munros have always been challenging to access. The long walk in used to be avoidable by a boat service but this ceased operation recently meaning this is one tough day! 

We'll meet at the Mullardoch dam at 08:00am to begin our long walk along the side of Loch Mullardoch. From the end of the loch, we'll begin to ascend the first Munro - An Socach. From here the walk is relatively straight forward over the remaining four Munros and the views on a good day and incredible. Your legs will be tired by then though so don't be fooled into thinking that straight-forward = easy!

This is a monster of a walk but a very rewarding one. If you have any questions about your suitability or fitness then please get in touch to discuss further.

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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. 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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Buachaille Etive Mor

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.

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.

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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. 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. Please note that as we have booked one full dorm, you'll be sharing with your walk leader and other group members.

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 will organise a 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.

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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Six Munros of the Glas Maol circuit

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 0830am.

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.

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Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac - Bike + Hike

These two Munros are often forgotten about in multitude of summits accessible from Linn of Dee but they're a great vantage point for the Cairngorms.

We'll meet at 08:30am at Linn of Dee carpark and hop on our bikes. The track to Derry Lodge is excellent and biking saves a huge amount of time and effort.
We'll lock our bikes beyond the Lodge then walk alongside the Derry Burn before ascending Sgurr a'Chaorainn. The ascent between the two hills in minimal and from Beinn Bhreac we'll make a bee line back to our bikes.

Please ensure that your bike is in full working order before this trip. Our leaders are able to perform basic trailside repairs in emergencies but a well maintained bike helps to prevent this. Please bring a spare inner tube for your bike and (if you can) a rear mech hanger that fits your bike. If you're unsure about that then your local bike shop will be able to help make sure you get the correct one.

We operate a no helmet no ride policy on bike + hike trips so please make sure you bring one to avoid disappointment.

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Strathfarrar and Affric

The Strathfarrar four Munros are a challenging walk in some of the remotest and most beautiful scenery in the West Highlands where you will need to be fit and capable of potentially 10 hours of walking and 25 km distance with about 1,500m of ascent. The Glen Affric Munros are an easier day, a level 3 walk of about 17 km and 1,100m of ascent, a nice way to round of the weekend.

You will need to have a good level of fitness for these walks which is a mixture of estate paths, rough track and wet bog. 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 to discuss.

The Strathfarrar four are our main priority and we will choose the best weather day for these. Vehicular access to the Munros is controlled by the estate and we will want to be at the head of the queue first thing in the morning to ensure we can get in. We will want to be there for 0845, leaving Cannich at 0815. This will give us the maximum time to complete this circular route of 25 km with over 1,500m of ascent.

The second day of the trip will be spent on Tom a' Choinich and Toll Creagach, the eastern two Munros on the ridge of eight along the northern edge of Glen Affric, one of Scotland's most beautiful Glens. These two have vehicle access with a new car park and access path having been built recently. They are still very wet and boggy in the lower reaches with some streams to be crossed that can be tricky in spate. The views are wonderful in all directions, especially North over the Mullardochs.

We will meet at 0800 at the Bogcotton Cafe, Cannich Caravan and Camping Park, Beauly, IV4 7LN on each morning where we will transfer into just two or three vehicles, leaving the remainder here. We will then drive the 30 minutes or so to the start point of each days walk.

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

Cost is only £110 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book early to avoid disappointment.

Previous clients have stayed at the Cannich Caravan and Camping Park.

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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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Bynack Mor

Bynack Mor is a brilliant vantage point to the Cairngorms and Moray hills. It's excellent path makes it a relatively straight forward day out with distance being the main challenge.

We'll meet at the Hayfield carpark for 08:30am before starting our walk in where we'll pass the famous green lochain. Upon reaching the summit, we may divert to look at the impressive "Barns of Bynack" - huge granite tors that stick out of the south of the hill a short walk beyond the summit.

Why not make a weekend of it and join us on Saturday for the three Munros of the Cairngorm loop?

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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.

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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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 attendees 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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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

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Brothers Ridge, Kintail

Meeting at 0830 in the Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie. We will place a vehicle at the end of the walk before beginning from the Cluanie Inn, returning for coffee or a pint once finished.

We will ascend direct from the car park, heading up onto the Brothers Ridge for the first of our three Munro summits, Aonach Meadhoin. Now it's easy ground across the ridge to the magnificent cairn (main photo) atop Sgurr a Bhealaich Dheirg, one of my favourites. We drop down now before reascending the final summit of the day, Saileag and then steeply down to the main road below to the vehicle we placed earlier. This is an 11km day with 1,200m of ascent and should take us about 7 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 www.shielbridgecaravanpark.co.uk

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Beinn Fhada, A Ghlas Bheinn and Falls of Glomach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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