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Creise and Meall a' Bhuiridh

These are much better hills to be on than you think. Neither of them look at their best when driving on the A82, both being overshadowed by the grand Buachaille Etive Mor and the open space of Rannoch Moor. Once you're on the west ridge of Meall a' Bhuiridh though you start to see the true character of both. The ridge linking them is lovely, rocky and delightfully narrow enough to require a tiny bit of care and attention but never anything to be concerned about. Just about the right level of fun and reward.

We'll meet at the Glencoe Mountain Resort car park (car parking charge) for 0830 and begin from here. Straight up under the gondola then across some boggy ground to pick up the ridge. Straight up to the summit of Meall a' Bhuiridh for the extensive views, see the accompanying photo. Down the ridge linking it to Creise then out to the cairn with more outstanding views. About turn and return the same way.

Seven hours is a reasonable time to tackle these two, not a big day due to the high start\finish at the Ski centre.

Temporary cafe is open at the ski centre while the new one is being built. The Kingshouse Hotel is only five minutes away so there are options for coffee and cake on completion.

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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 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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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 £95 per person. Places are limited to eight only, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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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.

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 0800 within the Explorer Cafe within Tiso, Aviemore 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.

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 0800 within the Explorer Cafe within Tiso, Aviemore 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.

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 0800 within the Explorer Cafe within Tiso, Aviemore 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.

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, 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.

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 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.

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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 Five Sisters of Kintail on Sunday.

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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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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 9th June 2023 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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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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Five Munros of the Lawers range

These five Munros in the Lawers range are Ben Lawers, the 10th highest Munro, Beinn Ghlas, Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc. This walk is better if undertaken from an east to west direction as it involves a steep, rocky scramble up onto An Stuc which is much easier in ascent than descent. There are good paths throughout and this is usually a very fine walk, given the weather, with no real difficulties, other than the short scramble previously mentioned.

The views of Loch Tay and the surrounding area are fantastic and these hills provide a good level of challenge without being too strenuous. Of course, you will still need to possess the stamina and determination for a near 20km day.

We will meet in the free car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 0800. Parking in the village of Lawers is extremely limited so we will take as few vehicles as possible to the Lawers Hotel and begin walk from there. The Lawers Hotel and a local farmer charge £5 per car, per day to park there.

Time and commitments permitting, we will finish our day in the 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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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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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

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 Mountain Skills day or Your First Munro - Ben Lawers days, we have a really straightforward multi-summit day to further whet your appetite.

This day is about you coming along and trying it out, probably meeting and making new friends, having fun in a safe environment and we hope, wanting to come back and do more hills or perhaps you want to learn to navigate or get into some wild camping so you can have multiple days away in our beautiful and amazing mountains.

Ben Vorlich gives a straightforward ascent up a good path to it's summit affording great views south over Perthshire. This is a great Munro for those just beginning their hillwalking career. We would intend to add in Stuc a'Chroin, a near neighbour of Ben Vorlich. It has a short scramble, which can be avoided if necessary, which may add about an hour or so to our day.

Meet at Ardvorlich House, FK19 8QE which is on the single track road on the south side of Loch Earn. There is parking on the verge beside the loch with room for a dozen or so vehicles.

There are several Hotels and B&B's in St Fillans should you wish to stay over. On completion of the walk, we will head into the village for coffee and a blether to finish our day.

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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin

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 Mountain Skills day or Your First Munro - Ben Lawers days, we have a really straightforward multi-summit day to further whet your appetite.

This day is about you coming along and trying it out, probably meeting and making new friends, having fun in a safe environment and we hope, wanting to come back and do more hills or perhaps you want to learn to navigate or get into some wild camping so you can have multiple days away in our beautiful and amazing mountains.

Ben Vorlich gives a straightforward ascent up a good path to it's summit affording great views south over Perthshire. This is a great Munro for those just beginning their hillwalking career. We would intend to add in Stuc a'Chroin, a near neighbour of Ben Vorlich. It has a short scramble, which can be avoided if necessary, which may add about an hour or so to our day.

Meet at Ardvorlich House, FK19 8QE which is on the single track road on the south side of Loch Earn. There is parking on the verge beside the loch with room for a dozen or so vehicles.

There are several Hotels and B&B's in St Fillans should you wish to stay over. On completion of the walk, we will head into the village for coffee and a blether to finish our day.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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.

Why not join us for the Glas Maol 6 on the saturday and make a big weekend?

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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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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.

Why not join us on Saturday for the four Eastern Mamores and again on Sunday for the final two Mamores, the Western two, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean.

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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.

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 1030 on Friday 16th September 2022 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.

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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