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Expeditions

If you're looking for a truly memorable highland experience then you're in the right place. Scotland's wilderness is rugged, challenging and ultimately breathtaking - and there's no better way to experience it than joining one of our numerous expeditions that range from 2 to 5 days in both summer and winter. For the experienced walker only.

Northern triangle

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

Three days across the Easter weekend from Friday 10th April to Sunday 12th April 2020 based in Lairg, Sutherland.

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.

We will meet at 9am on Friday 19th April 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.

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.

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

Duration
3 Days
Distance
31kms across three locations
Group size
8
Start time
9:00 am
Start location
Car park below the Church of Scotland, A836, Lairg, IV27 4BL

£120.00

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Three days on the Skye Cuillin

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

These will be level 4 walks with grade 1 and grade 2 scrambling involved, 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 small group sizes, 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 on the day. The Instructor will provide helmets and harnesses for the short climb.

Choice of accommodation is yours. Sligachan offer a Hotel, a bunkhouse, self catering lodges and a campsite. There is a large restaurant with a bar on site. Previous clients have enjoyed Fine views B&B.

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 £150 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.

Duration
3 days
Distance
45 km over three days
Group size
20 with four guides
Start time
0900
Start location
Outside Seumas' Bar, Sligachan Hotel, Sligachan, Skye IV47 8SW

£150.00

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Six Munro Ben Alder expedition

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
SM
Grade 1

8th, 9th and 10th May 2020, a three day expedition over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Ben Alder is a magnificent mountain in a remote setting at the end of Rannoch Moor and some 17 km from Dalwhinnie. It's surrounded by a further five Munros, making an expedition into the area well worth while. These are level 3 walks where your fitness will be tested walking in steep, mountainous terrain, far from civilisation.

Day one. Walk the 17 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 25 km day and will be a test of your fitness and stamina with over 2,000m ascent.

Day three. A leisurely rise and after breaking camp, we will walk the 17 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 Saturday 3rd August 2019 at the petrol station on the main road in Dalwhinnie. There is a car park beside the trees where we can leave our vehicles. 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.

Cost of this three day guided trip is only £125. Maximum group size is 8

Duration
3 days
Distance
60 km over three days
Group size
8
Start time
1200
Start location
Petrol Station, Dalwhinnie

£125.00

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Fisherfield expedition

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
SM
Grade 1

Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th may 2020.

This is a stunning walk in some of the remotest and beautiful scenery in the West Highlands.

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 22 km with 10-12 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. If we make good time and there's no reason why we shouldn't, we will continue along the ridge to final of the Fisherfield 6, Beinn a'Chlaidheimh, recently demoted from Munro status. Return to camp, pack up and walk out to Kinlochewe. a total days distance of about 20 km 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 £125 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book early to avoid disappointment.

Duration
3 days
Distance
68 km over three days
Group size
8
Start time
1200
Start location
Incheril car park, Kinlochewe. 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.

£125.00

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An Teallach and Beinn Dearg four

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
SM
Grade 1

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2020

Based in the Ullapool area we will tackle what many believe to be the grandest of all UK mountains, An Teallach. This is an 18 km day which will take between 8 and 10 hours to complete on Level 4 terrain with exposure and sustained scrambling across the pinnacles to Sgurr Fiona. An unforgettable experience, highly recommended.

Our second day will see us tackle the four Munros of the Beinn Dearg circuit. This is a 27 km traverse of the four Munros, Cona Mheall, Meall nan Ceapraichean, Eididh nan Geala and Beinn Dearg itself. This circuit will take between 9 and 12 hours to complete and is a Level 4 walk due to the distance, although there are no real difficulties with the terrain.

We will decide on the order of these two days when we know the likely weather forecast, with An Teallach being our main objective. We want to save the best weather possible for this amazing day.

We will meet at 0830 in the large car park on the A835 at the Braemore junction with the A832 on Saturday 6th June 2020 before heading to our chosen hill, depending on the weather.

There are several Hotels and B&B's in Ullapool along with a SYHA where you can get a 10% discount if you book with my code King-19.

Ullapool is served by Citylink buses from Edinburgh and Glasgow via Inverness.

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

Cost is only £100 per person (maximum group size is 6) Book early to avoid disappointment.

Duration
2 days
Distance
45 km over two days
Group size
6
Start time
0830
Start location
Public car park on the A835 at the Braemore road junction with the A832.

£100.00

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Torridon Giants

Skill level
Challenging - For experienced walkers only
SM
Grade 1

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2020 will be spent in the magical area of Torridon.

These will be level 3 walks where some grade 1 and grade 2 scrambling may be involved, with exposure, (depending on the hills walked) in amongst the Torridon giants. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this walk and a head for heights and exposure.

We will tackle some of the iconic peaks of the area and depending on the weather, will look at Liathach (Scotland's finest mountain?), Beinn Alligin, Ben Eighe, Slioch and some of the lesser known but just as impressive in Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh or Moruisg.

Choice of accommodation is yours. There's the Torridon Hotel, a free campsite is available beside the Youth Hostel which also has access to free toilets and showers (donations are welcomed) - use my discount code King-19 for 10% off - or local B&Bs including Tighloran

We will meet at 0900 in the car park outside the Torridon Visitor Centre (opposite the campsite) each morning to begin the walk unless otherwise agreed. If the weather means group safety on these rugged and unforgiving mountains will be compromised, alternative walks will be arranged.

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

Cost is only £100 per person (maximum group size is 8) Book early to avoid disappointment. These weekends are usually extremely popular.

Duration
2 days
Distance
40 km over two days
Group size
8
Start time
0900
Start location
Torridon Visitor Centre, IV22 2EW

£100.00

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Suilven, amazing Assynt

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

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 20120 will be spent walking in the unique landscape that is Assynt. An area of outstanding beauty that deserves your time.

Our primary target will be the iconic Suilven, remote and challenging, yes, but quite simply unique in stature. An absolute classic hillwalk. We will take stock of the weather forecast and tackle this amazing mountain on the best day.

Our second day will be spent on one of the other classic peaks in the Assynt range, the three Corbetts on the Quinag ridge, often said by many to be the finest hillwalk in all of the UK on the other day, a stunning walk with incredible views all along it's ridges. Canisp, with it's majestic, rising profile, Cul Mor with one of the postcard views of all the main Assynt peaks around it. There are too many to choose from, but choose we must.

Choice of accommodation is yours. Previous clients have stayed at the Lochinver Bunkhouse and the Culag Hotel, also in Lochinver or camping out at Achmelvich or Clachtoll beaches.

We will meet at 0830 in the car park just to the north of the Church of Scotland building (IV27 4JY), which is on the main A837 through the village.

Duration
8 hours
Distance
35 km over the two days
Group size
8
Start time
0830
Start location
Public car park just to the north of the Church of Scotland building (IV27 4JY), which is on the main A837 through the village.

£100.00

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3 day camping expedition, Glenfinnan to Knoydart

Skill level
Moderate - Previous walking experience higly recommended
SM

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 reasonable level of fitness for this walk which is a mixture of estate paths, landrover tracks and wet 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. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions.

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 1100 on Friday 18th September 2020 in the coffee shop of the Glenfinnan visitor centre before moving vehicles to Mallaig to help with travel logistics on our return. We aim to begin the walk at 1300.

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.

Cost of this three day guided trip is only £125. Maximum group size is 8.

Duration
3 days
Distance
60 km
Group size
8
Start time
1100
Start location
In the coffee shop of the Glenfinnan visitor centre

£125.00

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