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Day trips

There's loads of the Scottish highlands that can be explored over a day. We have more than 15 trips suited for all levels of experience. So whether you've never walked the highlands before or you are up for something a little (or a lot) more challenging, we've no doubt you will find a day walk to suit what you're after right here.

Aonach Eagach ridge, Glencoe

Skill level
Very challenging - Previous experience on challenging walks essential
SM
Grade 2

Friday 4th October 2019. This is a challenging walk with sustained, exposed, Grade 1 to 2 scrambling across about 1 km of ridge. The entire day will take between 6 and 8 hours to complete. Before tackling this route, it is recommended that you have experience of other ridge walks and be comfortable with exposure.

Possibly the narrowest ridge on the UK mainland and definitely a day to remember traversing high above Glen Coe on the crazy pinnacles. The two Munros of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg are taken in en-route.

We will meet at 0830 at the car park of the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, PH49 4HX before placing a vehicle at the finish point and then driving to the start at Allt-na-Ruigh

In the event of inclement weather where safety is compromised, an alternative scramble in Glen Coe will be substituted.

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

Cost of this days scrambling is £80 per person (maximum group size 3)

Duration
6 - 8 hours
Distance
12 kms
Group size
3
Start time
0830
Start location
Clachaig Inn, Ballachulish PH49 4HX

£80.00

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An Stuc, Meall Garbh and Meall Greigh

Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary
SM

Saturday 5th October 2019, starting at 0830 am. This is a lovely scenic walk with excellent and expansive views of Loch Tay and the surrounding hills. A walk of about 17 km taking between 7 and 9 hours to complete.

These three Munros in the Lawers range are Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc. The walk is easier if undertaken from an east to west direction as it involves a steep, rocky scramble up onto An Stuc which is 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.

We will meet in the free car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW at 0830. 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 charge £5 per car, per day to park there, redeemable against food on return

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

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
17 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Car park at the McLaren Hall, Main Street, Killin, FK21 8UW

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

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
SM

Sunday 6th October 2019 starting at 0800 from the car park at Dalrigh.

This is a fantastic day walk with a total distance of just under 28 km taking in the four Munros of Ben Lui, Beinn a'Chleibh, Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig.

One for the Munro baggers looking to maximise a day in the hills. The four Munros from Dalrigh 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.

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 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 challenging day where your stamina will be tested..

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
10 - 12 hours
Distance
28 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Dalrigh, Tyndrum, Crianlarich, FK20 8RX

£35.00

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Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg arete in winter

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
SM
Grade 1

Saturday 24th August 2019 at 0830. A Level 3 walk with some Grade 1 scrambling, a distance of 17k,  taking between 8 and 10 hours to complete. A classic ascent of Ben Nevis, highly recommended.

The highest mountain in the UK deserves everyone to have a go at ascending it at least once and for the hillwalker, this is one of the better routes.

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint.

The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest.

This is a fantastic day, highly recommended.

We will meet at 0830 in front of the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving round to our start point at Torlundy.

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 8)

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. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
17 km
Group size
6
Start time
0830
Start location
North Face car park, Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SR

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Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM

Saturday 12th October 2019 Meeting at 0830 at the car park at the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve on the north side of the A86, opposite Loch Laggan. The postcode for sat navs is PH20 1BX. We will transfer into less vehicles and drive to the layby at the start of the walk as there's very limited parking.

This is a lovely walk with a distance of 16 km and with approximately 1200m of ascent which should take between 7 and 9 hours to complete.

We will tackle the two Munros of Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach which are to the western edge of the Creag Meagaidh plateau. These hills are less visited than their near neighbours of the Creag Meagaidh circuit. Lower down the walk can be boggy in the wet ground but once height has been gained, we will handrail the spectacular ridgeline of Beinn a'Chaorainn.

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

Why not make a weekend of it and include Sunday's walk also https://www.wayymarkoutdoor.com/category/day-trips#creag-meagaidh-circuit-three-munros

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve

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Creag Meagaidh circuit, three Munros

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM

Sunday 13th October 2019 Meeting at 0830 at the car park at the Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve on the north side of the A86, opposite Loch Laggan. The postcode for sat navs is PH20 1BX.

This is a lovely walk 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. During the traverse 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.

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

Why not make a weekend of it and include Saturday's walk also https://www.wayymarkoutdoor.com/category/day-trips#beinn-a-chaorainn-and-beinn-teallach

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
20 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve

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South Glenshiel Ridge, Kintail

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM
Grade 1

Saturday 16th May 2020 at 0800 meeting in the Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie.

This is a level 4 walk, 22 km with 1,800m of ascent and will take between 8 and 11 hours to complete.

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.

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, Kintail.

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 where you can get a 10% discount on your stay if you use my code, King-19

Duration
8 - 10 hours
Distance
22 km
Group size
10
Start time
0800
Start location
Cluanie Inn car park which is on the roadside of the A87 by the end of Loch Cluanie, Glenmoriston, IV63 7YW

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Forcan ridge, Kintail

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM
Grade 1

Sunday 17th May 2020 meeting at 0800 in the Malagan Bridge layby on the A87 at grid reference NG 971 139

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

The Forcan ridge is a Scottish Classic grade one scramble, leading onto the first Munro, The Saddle from where we descend and head for the second, Sgurr na Sgine. The route is tackled from Malagan Bridge.

A stunning walk in big mountain areas that should not be underestimated. A high degree of fitness will be required to tackle the route, if in doubt, please contact me in advance.

Previous clients have enjoyed a variety of accommodation in the area at the Kintail Hotel, which also has two small bunkhouses. There is a campsite at nearby Shiel Bridge and the National Trust for Scotland Kintail Outdoor Centre has 5 rooms in nearby Morvich. The Cluanie Inn with both Hotel and Clubhouse accommodation can also be used as a base. Ratagan Youth Hostel is also an option, just a few miles from the Kintail and Glen Shiel area. If booking at a SYHA, use my code King-19 for a 10% discount.

The Cluanie Inn, Shiel Bridge and the Kintail Hotel are all on the main A87 road and well served by Scottish Citylink bus services from Glasgow to Skye.

Duration
7 - 9 hours
Distance
14 km
Group size
6
Start time
0800
Start location
Malagan Bridge layby on the A87 at grid reference NG 971 139

£35.00

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Beinn a Ghlo

Skill level
Easy - Some experience recommended but not necessary
SM

You are looking for something a little more challenging, having completed your first few single Munro days. Maybe thinking of multiple summits, pushing yourself a wee bit further. Beinn a'Ghlo is a fantastic massif of some 22 km including over 1,200m of ascent. It's a mini mountain range all in itself with three separate peaks, all Munros, on its massive bulk. It has a relatively high start\finish point of around 340m at the car park at Loch Moraig and the going is mainly on good paths, although there are areas of wet, boggy ground. The initial ascent up Carn Liath is on a steep, scarred path which you can see from the A9. It will take between 7 and 9 hours to complete all three Munros. Group fitness may determine whether two or three of the Munro summits can be achieved and your guide will make a decision based on this during the walk.

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 0830. From here 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. The excellent https://www.blairatholl.org.uk/wheretostay/ has a list of several places to stay in the area should you be looking for accommodation before or after the event.

Cost is only £35 per person (maximum group size is 10)

Duration
8 hours
Distance
22 km
Group size
10
Start time
0830
Start location
The Atholl Country Life Museum, Old School, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5SP

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Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM
Grade 1

The highest mountain in the UK deserves everyone to have a go at ascending it at least once and for the hillwalker, this is one of the better routes.

We start on good tracks before beginning the ascent of Carn Beag Dearg across a short section of boggy ground. It's a steady climb up onto Carn Mor Dearg from here and weather permitting, the views are stunning, both of Loch Linnhe behind and the North Face of Ben Nevis ahead. It can take a good three hours to reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg and lunch is often taken on this magnificent viewpoint.

The arete itself is fairly wide and there are relatively few sections where hands may be needed to pass large boulders or other rock features. Before you know it, you'll be heading up the boulder field and popping out onto the summit of the UK's highest.

This is a fantastic day, highly recommended.

We will meet at 0830 in front of the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Glen Nevis, PH33 6PF before driving round to our start point at Torlundy.

Cost is only £45 per person (maximum group size is 6)

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. If you're booking into the SYHA premises in Glen Nevis, use my code King-19 for 10% discount.

Duration
8 10 hours
Distance
17 km
Group size
6
Start time
0830
Start location
The North Face car park, Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SR

£45.00

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Summer Solstice on Ben Nevis

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM

Saturday 20th June 2020, meeting at 2300 at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF for a briefing and kit check.

Join us for the amazing experience of seeing the sunrise from the highest point in the UK on the longest day of 2020.

This is a level 3 walk where we will ascend the mountain track in darkness by torchlight with your experienced guides. We will carefully ascend at a slow pace, it is in the dark after all, aiming to be on the summit by 0400, to await the sunrise at about 0430. We will celebrate the solstice with a wee dram of Malt Whisky or a mug of hot chocolate.

We will descend by the same route, returning to the car park for about 0830.

Please note that the weather conditions are outwith our control and in the event of low cloud or other poor visibility, seeing the sunrise may not be possible.

It is not uncommon for there still to be snow patches on the summit plateau at this time of year. Please bring warm clothing (even in midsummer the temperature will be around zero degrees centigrade), waterproofs, gloves and a hat, sufficient food & water for a 10 hour walk and remember a head torch with spare batteries for the ascent.

Duration
10 hours
Distance
16 km
Group size
10
Start time
2300
Start location
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre car park, Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF

£50.00

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