What are the greatest of Scotland’s mountain walks?
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It would take a lifetime to walk every mountain in Scotland, but what if you had just one week in the West Highlands? What would you include? What are the greatest of Scotland’s mountain walks?
Over 6 days of walking we’ll attempt some of the classic mountain journeys the Western Highlands of Scotland can offer, showing you some spectacular landscapes, providing a variety of different peaks to climb, and hopefully having a lot of fun along the way. We’ll also be able to experience some great local food, and explore the pubs, remote hotels, towns and villages near the walks.
The group will be relatively small, and the walks will be full days out in the mountains, reaching significant peaks and perhaps spending hours over pathless terrain in the wilds of the highlands. Unless the weather forces us to stay low, we will typically aim for 3000ft/915m mountain peaks (Munros) each day, perhaps taking in over 1000m of ascent on each walk.
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy six days of guided walks up some of the most famous of Scotland’s mountains.
- Settle down for the evening in comfortable accommodation with a Large Outdoors host, and explore the local area.
- Have breakfast and a packed lunch provided, and choose where to eat out in the evenings.
Experience a variety of Scotland’s landscapes, from loch-sides to remote moors, to views far out to sea.
- Look out for wildlife in the mountains, including golden eagles.
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 to our accommodation somewhere in the mountains.
On each of the 6 walking days we will aim to have a sit-down breakfast at 07:30 and leave by 08:30 to begin the walk. There will also be some time spent making packed lunches, for which ingredients are provided. This not only allows us plenty of time in the hills, but will also leave more opportunity to visit the pub/café when we get down for some light refreshment before returning to the accommodation.
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. Some examples are:
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 stands guardian at the entrance to Glen Coe, its most memorable face the one which fronts 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.
There are a huge number of options which will also be considered. We could head to Ben Lawers, or the hills around Bridge of Orchy, or of course the great set of mountains that comprises the Mamores. On bad weather days when we can still get out we will attempt other 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 sit-down breakfast and a farewell to the peaks. We’ll drive you back down to Glasgow, aiming to arrive before midday.
- 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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