Bag some Munros on this walking adventure in Scotland
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Difficulty Level3 Three
For this week-long trip we’ve homed in on the Big Six to give you a classic journey through the Western Highlands that includes bagging some of the highest peaks or Munros Scotland has to offer.
It’s certainly not just about tough ascents and mountain bagging though as we aim to have plenty of fun along the way as well as allowing time to explore Scotland’s foodie side and great hospitality in the evenings!
In a nutshell:
- Quite frankly, feel exhilarated, elated, energised (and any other descriptive word beginning with ‘e’) after each of the six days of guided walks in some of Scotland’s majestic mountain scenery.
- Eat the equivalent of your weight (and probably more) with some great grub knowing you’ve earned that extra big portion.
- Eye golden eagles and other wildlife that might make an appearance during our day’s trekking into the remotest parts of Scotland.
We will meet you in Glasgow – with pick-ups from Glasgow Central train station at 4pm, or the airport before 5pm.
From here we’ll drive north, stopping for lunch at the Real Food Café in Tyndrum, a bit of an institution for people travelling to the Highlands.
enabling you to get in the Highland swing of things as the scenery opens up and the drama of the mountains begins.
Then it’s onto the Corran Bunkhouse at Fort William, passing through Glencoe where the mountains proudly mark the start of the Highlands-proper.
At the bunkhouse, it’s usually only a few minutes before the kettle is put on and the tea made, whereupon guests quite like to enjoy a cuppa while taking a gander outside at the views across Loch Linnhe or revel in the array of comfy sofas in the fantastic conservatory.
After a wee while we then head out for the first of the evening meals in one of the local hostelries.
On each of the six walking days we aim to have a sit-down breakfast at 07:30, pack up lunches and be out the door by 08.30 to give us time to do a full yomp and be back in time for a bit of a chill-out before then making a bee-line for a pub or restaurant.
There are a huge range of walks we can attempt, and often this will be dictated by the weather, and how the group is feeling. However here’s an idea of what we might have in mind!
The most southerly Munro (3000ft+ peak), Ben Lomond is also one of the most popular mountains in Scotland, giving views over Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the Arrochar Alps. The walk begins in the forest near Rowardennan and is a circular trail, heading up and then descending two of the mountains southerly ridges.
Buachaille Etive Mor
Often called the ‘most photographed mountain in Scotland’, Buachaille Etive Mor is indeed a ‘beaut’, standing guardian at the entrance to Glen Coe and proudly fronting the vastness of Rannoch Moor. This mountain is actually a ridge with several peaks, the highest of which, Stob Dearg, stands at 1022m. This is the summit we’ll reach first, straight up from the roadside, before completing the ridge and returning along the valley of Lairig Gartain.
The Ballachulish Horseshoe
A spectacular circular route summiting the two peaks of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill, both over 1000m and which stand over the village of Ballachulish and the sea. We’ll be able to see down Glen Coe, and west to Loch Linnhe. Once at the first peak, we spend a long time up high, giving us the feeling of a great mountain traverse.
Near Crianlarich lies a long ridge of mountains, the highest of which is Ben Lui, also a nature reserve. It’s pointed summit reminds many people of an alpine peak, and it’s well known for holding the snow in gullies deep into the summer. Our ascent is a dramatic one from the north-west, including the summit of a neighbouring peak and beginning and ending on dark forest trails.
The Grey Corries
A big day out but certainly one to remember, the Grey Corries are a narrow ridge of several summits that lie amongst the great mass of mountains east of Ben Nevis, above Glen Spean. They are named after the grey rocky debris that litters the ridge, and spills down onto the sides. After a long trail through the Leanachan Forest we emerge onto a high rocky jumble of peaks; once on the main ridge the route is one of the all-time greats, keeping us high above the tree-line until we descend back into the forest at the end of the day.
Well with more than 280 Munroes to go at and hundreds of Corbetts, Grahams and other peaks in this veritable playground, we won’t run out of choices. Even on less-than-good weather days we can still go for the lower classics such as the Pap of Glencoe or a valley walk down Glen Etive.
Today it’s time to pack up and leave the accommodation after one last breakfast and a farewell to the peaks. We then drive you back down to Glasgow, aiming to arrive before midday.
Good to know:
- Travel to and from Glasgow plus all transport on the trip
- 7 nights accommodation
- 6 days of guided walks in and around Glencoe, all lead by qualified professional mountain leaders.
- Breakfasts and Packed Lunches
Evening meals, alcoholic drinks, extra excursions.
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018