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Cairn Gorm M6 ‘Blue Hill’ 1244m/4081ft NJ 005 040.

23rd October 2007 Route Map

Although this is a high mountain it’s not at all difficult to climb, we started from the car park by the ski centre base station (which is already at 600m), followed the path next to the funicular railway (nice…) then up a very well walked path to the summit; not an ‘escapism’ walk this!

However, once away from the summit we made our way around the horseshoe to Cairn Lochan then we swung around north to follow a good path back to the car park, all of this bit of the walk was great; we had fantastic weather and the views across the Cairngorm plateau are amazing. Afterwards we walked along the beach of Loch Morlich with a beautiful sunset – it was like being in the Caribbean! Then we stopped for a well earned cup of tea at a café on the road only to see lots of Red Squirrels!

 

 

Ben Lawers M10 ‘Loud, from a stream’ 1214m/3983ft NN 635 414. 14th July 2008 Route Map

Only a 4½ hour walk, and two Munros for the price of one!. Clear paths all the way from the NTS vistors centre near Killin, quite a busy walk, but then this was a good weather day in July. The return route to the west of Beinn Ghlas had some great views up the Allt a’ Chobhair glen and then through a lovely enclosed nature reserve section just north of the vistors centre

See below for Beinn Ghlas M47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Binnein Mor M27 ‘Large Peak’ 1130m/3707ft NN 122 634. 23rd  June 2015 Route Map

We started this from our cottage in Kinlochleven walking to the path that starts from St Paul’s church (as M123 Sgurr Eilde Mor see below). Really good paths all the way to Coire an Lochain (about 3½ hours to this point) then we walked around the back of Sgor Eilde Beag where we climbed the steep banks to the ridge (still a bit of snow around). A really good weather day so we had fantastic views all around, particular across to Sgurr Eilde Mor. After the summit we walked back via the summit of Sgor Eidle Beag and then on down a zig zagged path (not marked on all maps) to re join the path out. A great 9 hour walk with lots of stops to enjoy the views!

 

 

Beinn Laoigh (Ben Lui) M28 ‘Hill of the Calf’ 1130m/3707ft NN 266 262. 18th October 2013 Route Map

To start this we drove the 3mins west down the road from Tigh an Beag (our holiday cottage near Tyndrum) to the parking area. It was a misty & foggy day with a little bit of wind but fortunately not cold. The first part of the walk was through the river Lochy, over a railway line and then up through a pine wood with a path all the way to a gate opening onto the open hill. Up to about 850m visibility was all ok but then it all became a bit dodgy on the final steep climb to the summit as the fog set in. Firstly we reached a false summit (very confusing in the fog – why do people build them?) and then about 30m later we reached the true summit. It then went all wrong!! We came away from summit on the wrong path (didn’t check the compass!!) so we walked around (probably in circles) for about ½ an hour – getting quite worried and lost!! Eventually we got the compass out and started heading North knowing the road was somewhere that way – eventually we met the path at the bealach at 800m and managed to follow that all the way back, at about 700m the mist cleared so finally some views! Good 6½ hour walk in all.

 

Sgor Gaoith M36 ‘Windy peak’ 1118m/3667ft NN 903 989. 18th April 2013 Route Map

So this Munro was unfinished business; we first climbed this in October 2007 but only got as far as the ridge and Carn Ban Mor but as visibilty was so bad we couldn’t continue to the Munro. Today the weather wasn’t great either – visibilty was slightly better; but the wind!! On the ridge it was very windy with extremely cold and icy conditions across snow fields – thankfully it wasn’t snowing or raining!

So the walk started form the parking area near Achlean farm up the excellent path all the way to the ridge, from the ridge we turned almost due north to walk to the Munro summit, we then retraced our steps back down - in all an exhilarating 4½ hour walk.

This Munro, however, is still unfinished business; it would be lovely to climb it again in nice weather so we can finally see the views down Loch Einich that we have been promised!

 

 

Stob Coire Easain M39 ‘Peak of the corrie of the little waterfall’ 1115m/3658ft. 25th May 2017 Route Map

I started this from a parking area at the North end of An Dubh Lochan very near to Fersit about 2miles off of the A86. This 12.5mile walk took nearly 8 hours with an ascent of 1294m. Taking in Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin M46 1105m and Stob Coire Easain M39 1115m. The weather was FANTASTIC today and I spent along time at both Munros as I had such great views with blue skies – there was also a nice breeze just to keep the temperature down. Actually got a bit sun burnt on the face and neck. The first part of the walk was really hard for me today – still got a cold and after three previous days of full on walking (9 Munros in 4 days!) it’s all taking it’s toll. The climb up Meall Cian Dearg was exciting and I was a little concerned for the return but it actually was ok. I had the mountain to myself again. Other than the steep climb up Meall Cian Dearg this is a very straight forward walk – more or less a ‘there and back’. Stob Coire Easain looks a little daunting from the first Munro of Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin, but actually it is a very easy climb on a well walked path.

See below Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin M46

 

Stob Coire nan Lochan ‘Peak of the Corrie of Lochs’ 1115m/3658ft NN 148 548. 1st October 2012 Route Map

So this is not a Munro peak but it is a climb of over 1000m and, if it weren’t for it’s close proximity of the Munro ‘Bidean nam Bian’ M23 this peak would be M40. A lovely climb on a good path (almost a staircase at times) starts from the parking place on the A82 in Glencoe and works its way up Coire nan Lochan. The final ascent is a little tricky with some scrambling and big steps on rocks which, on this day were very wet and cold. From the summit two Munros are then accessible, Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach (43m lower than this non Munro). Alas not to be had today – too cold, wet and cloudy and a little Brittany Spaniel not at all happy to be out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sgurr Mor M43 ‘Big Rocky Peak’ 1110m/3641ft NH 203 718. 26th May 2016 Route Map

I started this walk from the parking area opposite Lochdrum by the dam on the A835. This was a  6½ hour, 11 mile walk, firstly up Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich (954m) then followed be Sgurr Mor (1110m) (1145m total ascent). To start with it was still misty on the first Munro when I reached the summit but by the time I reached Sgurr Mor at 1.40 it all started to clear. I Spent ½ hour at the summit all by myself – great views / GREAT weather. So VERY beautiful – I was REALLY happy to be there!

As it was an ‘out and back’ walk I decided to pop back up to the first Munro to enjoy the clear skies from there too. A perfect day! The climb up was a bit tough as it was 400 metres with no path and quite steep across boggy heather and higher up; boulders but navigation was easy and after the first Munro, other than the 160m climb to the summit of Sgurr Mor, it was easy going. See below for Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich M209

 

 

Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin M46 ‘Peak of the Middle Corrie’ 1105m/3625ft. 25th May 2017

See above for Stob Coire Easain M39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.Beinn Ghlas M47 ‘Greenish-grey hill’ 1103m/3619ft NN 625 404. 14th July 2008

See above for Ben Lawers M10

 

Climbed again on 9th October 2015

See below for Meall Corranaich M68

 

 

 

Sgurr nan Clach Geala M53 ‘Peak of the White Stones’ 1093m/3585ft NH 184 714. 24th May 2016 Route Map

I drove the 12 miles from my cottage at Leckmelm to the parking area on the A832 just north-east of Loch a’Bhraoin to do the 13 miles / 7½ hour walk to climb three Munros: Meall a’Chrasgaidh (934m), Sgurr nan Clach Geala (1093m) and finally Sgurr nan Each (923m) (1230m total ascent). Generally excellent weather – although the first two Munros were covered in fog, but by the third it all cleared and was gorgeous!

The walk started on a track leading onto a path that crossed the Allt Breabaig then after about 1km I headed due east to climb to the summit of Meall a’Chrasgaidh. This was a tough climb with no path and quite steep; relentless until the summit. However, once there, the going was easier; I descended south-east to Clach Mhor Na Beuchdaich then south- west climbing a path next to a steep drop to the next summit. This section seemed to keep going – one of those hills that you think you’ve reached the top and then, over the ridge, there’s more mountain! I then descended due south to a small cairn at Cadha na Guite, then continuing back up to the final summit of the day (this was a much easier climb – again next to a fairly steep drop). Here, the clouds cleared so I spent a while at the cairn enjoying the fantastic views. I then descended back to Cadha na Guite and then turning almost due west to meet with the stalkers path to go due north to eventually meet with the outward path.

See below Meall a’ Chrasgaidh M243

See below for Sgurr nan Each M267

 

Beinn a’Chlachair M56 ‘Stonemason’s Hill’ 1087m/3566ft. 23rd May 2017 Route Map

I drove the 13 miles from my cottage at Inverroy a good lay-by parking area with space for 15 or so cars. This was a 17.3miles 8 hour walk with ascent of 1336m to Beinn a’Chlachair M56 1087m then Geal Charn M81 1049m and finally Creag Pitridh M264 924m. Weather was very good until about 3.30 when it lightly rained – but nothing too much!

It started with a long walk into the mountains of about 3.5miles but all on a very good track then a hard slog South up 400m across very boggy ground onto the ridge, from there a very easy climb to the summit. Across to Geal Charn was straight forward apart from a 300m descent to Coire Pitridh – a bit steep and slippery. The climb up across a boulder field to the summit of Geal Charn was easy as was the descent and then the final climb to Creag Pitridh was a very easy 110m climb. From here it was an easy descent East to rejoin the track out. I had great views all day; another really super walk!

See below Geal Charn M81

See below for Creag Pitridh M264

 

Beinn Dearg M57 ‘Red Hill’ 1084m/3556ft NH 259 811. 25th May 2016 Route Map

I drove the 3 miles from my cottage at Leckmelm to start at 9am the 8½ hour / 18.5 mile walk to complete 4 Munros: Beinn Dearg (1084m), Cona Mheall (978m), Meall nan Ceapraichean (977m) and finally Eididh nan Clach Geala (927m) (1710m total ascent). Really good weather again, although a slight breeze today – but nothing too bad!

This was an excellent walk – tough to start with as such a long walk in but once at the 850m bealach all was good. Some rough climbing at points over boulders.

So the walk started at the parking area by Inverlael, signposted to Beinn Dearg  I followed the excellent track for several km through the woods until finally breaking out into the wild to follow a stalkers path slightly south-west through Gleann na Sguaib. After quite a walk (about 6 miles) you find yourself at Lochan Uaine at 877m. From here I first climbed up very steeply and rocky next to a dry stone wall until heading south on the summit plateau to reach the cairn of Beinn Dearg. I descended the same way and then walked due west to climb the firstly grassy then rocky slopes of Cona’ Mheall. I then descended back the same way to finally leave the Bealach an Lochan Uaine to climb Munro #3 of the day, Meall nan Ceapraichean, an easy climb west up grassy slopes. From there I crossed to Ceann gabh at 968m and then descended east (this was quite tough going; steep and rocky and still some snow to negotiate) to the bealach at 750m before turning west to climb the easy slopes of Eididh nan Clach Geala. From here I descended gently west to Sidhean Dubh and then more steeply down to meet the outward path and then the long – but lovely – walk back!

See below for Cona’ Mheall M176

See below for Meall nan Ceapraichean M177

See below for Eididh nan Clach Geala M257

 

Schiehallion M59 ‘Fairy Hill’ 1083m/3553ft NN 713 548. 18th April 2012 Route Map

We started this walk from the car park at Braes of Foss which has a charge of just £2 which is a very reasonable price bearing in mind the incredible amount of work that the John Muir Trust do in keeping the mountain and its paths to the standard they are. This is a very easy mountain to climb with a path all the way and without any real hard climbs. It is well walked and we saw several other walkers. Weather was changeable with sleet, rain, mist and sometimes good clear views. Towards the top it was still quite covered in snow and the long ridge plateau was very rocky – particularly the last few metres to the summit at 1083m. The whole walk took just under 4 hours.

 

 

 

Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain M66 ‘Height of the corrie of the round lumps’ 1070m/3510ft NN 945 724. 5th April 2014 Route Map

We started this 7 hour (11 mile) walk from the end of the road at Loch Moraig (just outside of Blair Atholl). We followed a good track for about 2km before we started the steep-ish climb north-east right to the summit of Carn Liath (M181). Above about 650m was very foggy although temperature / wind-wise it was good walking weather, so we had no views but, thanks to our trusty Garmin Etrex30 navigation on the ridge to the summit of Braigh Coire was easy – I think an excellent walk in good weather! We decided not to carry on to the third Munro (Carn nan Gaghar) on Beinn a’Ghlo due to the pointlessness! So we re-traced our steps back to the car – a walk for another day!

See below for Carn Liath M181

 

Meall Corranaich M68 ‘Hill of Lament’ 1069m/3507ft

NN 615 410. 9th October 2015 Route Map

We started this walk with the intent to climb Beinn Ghlas (M47) and Ben Lawers (M10) (see above for both as climbed on 14th July 2008) however, the weather wasn’t fantastic today – damp and drizzly with lots of cloud cover above 650m (although fortunately very little wind).

So, after reaching the summit of Beinn Ghlas (the route was from the Ben Lawers car park (the visitors centre has now gone!) up through the beautiful nature reserve and then out onto the hill following a very good path all the way to the summit) we decided to turn North West following the path down to the Bealach at 896m just above the Burn of Edramucky.

Once there, the rest of the party (Sis, Vics and Natasha) made their way back along the path due South back to the car park. I, however, took a little de-tour almost due West climbing the steep boggy path to the summit of Meall Corranaich. Very foggy but a nice climb, I then retraced my steps to the path back, catching up with everybody in the nature reserve. See above for Beinn Ghlas M47

 

 

Glas Maol M69 ‘Grey-green hill’ 1068m/3503ft NO 167 765. 8th April 2014

Route Map

We started this walk from the car park at the Devil’s Elbow on the A93. First climbing south-west past Meall Gorm to rech the rocky cairn at 943m before heading north-east, following an old wall, to the summit of Creag Leacach (M159 987m). We then continued to follow the wall almost the whole way (the wall gives way to old fence posts) to the summit of Glas Maol. An excellent walking weather today (although quite windy) with excellent views from both summits, great for walking along the high ridge. Nearby (and easily achieved) are four other Munro’s – we’ve saved these for another day! We then headed back almost due west (with a dodgy moment in the snow on a very steep bit just before Meall Odhar where we both slipped) then following a good path almost due south to take us nearly back to the car. A lovely 7.5 mile walk taking 5 hours. See below for Creag Leacach M159

 

Na Gruagaichean M74 ‘The Maidens’ 1056m/3465ft NN 203 652. 30th September 2012

Route Map

We started this walk from the parking space on the B863 just to the west of Kinlochleven. The walk (according to the route described in ‘The Munros’ by C.McNeish) used to start from the Mamore Lodge Hotel (giving a 250m head start) unfortunately the hotel is now closed so that is no longer possible. Anyway, from our start we walked the metalled track up to the hotel, past the Stalkers cottage and then out on to the fine stalkers path that clearly takes you through the beautiful corrie following Alt Coire Na Ba. This path eventually takes you right onto the ridge and from there it is a final climb east to the summit. All was ok for us until we reached the ridge where it the wind was unbelievable; such strong gusts that it was often very difficult to stand, also accompanied by wet snow so, for us, a tough final climb but, no doubt on a good weather day, this would be a fine walk taking just over 6 hours.

 

 

Stob Poite Coire Ardair M76 ‘Peak of the pot of the high corrie’ 1054m/3458ft NN 429 888. 15th April 2013 Route Map

We Started this walk from the big parking area at Aberarder farm following walk #50 in Cameron McNeish’s book, ‘Scotland’s 100 Best walks’ ‘Creag Meagaidh’. The walk starts on a really good path all the way from the farm for 5km up to the fantastic Lochan a Choire. From the Lochan we should have climbed ‘The Window’ and then on up to Creag Meagaidh – which we will on another day as this walk was great – but, alas, too much snow today and the window would need proper snow boots etc. so instead we made straight for the slopes to the North of the Lochan and climbed onto the ridge then turned South West to the summit cairn of Stob Poite Coire Ardair. The weather really good, warm and dry although a bit windy so we had great views! We then turned around and walked right across the ridge to Carn Liath. A lovely walk across long ridge with great views all the way we then headed due south downs the hill to rejoin the path and then back to the car. A great 7¼ hour walk.

See below for Carn Liath M127#

 

 

 

Beinn a’Chaorainn M80 ‘Hill of the Rowan’ 1049m/34428ft. 24th May 2017 Route Map

I drove the 9 miles from my cottage in Inverroy to a small lay-by by a gate near Roughburn on the A86 to start the 11.5 mile 7 hour walk with an ascent of 1238m to Beinn a’Chaorainn M80 1052m (that’s the height given on the OS map!) followed by Beinn Teallach M282 915m. There is limited parking at the start but not a problem today as VERY foggy – other than that the weather was good – good temperature and little wind and only a little rain for about 20mins. My route followed the one suggested in most Munro books and navigation was only possible because of my Garmins – it would have been VERY difficult otherwise – and probably dangerous!

I found the initial climb very hard today and had to keep stopping – but once I was up all was ok! In thick fog above 600m so no views but I imagine this could be a very lovely walk – I enjoyed it anyway! See below for Beinn Teallach M281

 

 

Geal Charn M81 ‘White Hill’ 1049m/3442ft. 23rd May 2017

See above Beinn a’Chlachair M56

See below for Creag Pitridh M264

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glas Leathad Mor (Ben Wyvis) M85 ‘Big Green Slope’ 1046m/3431ft NH 463 34 683. 23rd May 2016 Route Map

I Started this walk from the car park on the A835, 1 mile down the road from the lovely B & B I stayed at; ‘Inchbae Lodge’. This is a very easy walk (in good weathert) which I had laods of – almost the perfect walking day; warm, very little wind and cloud above the summits. The footpath trust have made a very clear path that takes you all the way to the summit with good steps as you climb to An Cabar at 946m, from there you walk for a few km across the ridge to reach the trig point at the summit. A lovely 5½ walk with excellent views all around.

The only sad note is that this was the first Munro I’ve had to climb on my own. My faithful companion, George, is now 8 and has a touch of authritis…

 

 

 

Chno Dearg M86 ‘Red Hill’ 1046m/3432ft. 22nd May 2017 Route Map

I started this from a good parking area at the tiny hamlet of Fersit, which is at the end of a 2mile single track road off of the A86. In total it was a 10mile walk with an ascent of 1181m to M174 Stob Coire Sgriodain at 979m then M86 Chno Dearg at 1046m. It took 5½ hours and I had very good weather; clear Munro tops and not to warm – although it was very windy on top of Chno Dearg. I had the mountain completely to myself all day with fantastic views. The terrain was a little boggy in places and a tough steep start but once at 836m at Sron nan Gargh-bheinne all was straight forward.

See below for Stob Coire Sgriodain M174

 

 

 

 

Cruach Ardrain M87 ‘Stack of the high Region’ 1046m/3431ft NN 409 212. 21st October 2013 Route Map

We started the Cruach Ardrain walk from the parking space opposite Keilator farm near Crianlarich on the A82. Firstly following the good track south-east to the footbridge at the corner of the forest. When we crossed the footbridge we couldn’t really find a path so we made our own way up to the ridge near Grey Height, from there we picked up the path which took us all the way to the summit (very up and down and dramatic ridge – not broad and flat!) but very lovely! The path took us all the way to the summit which, although warm and still was very foggy. Came back down the same way up, except this time we stayed on the path all the way to Grey Height and then which continues all the way down to the footbridge along the side of the forest then back to the car. A super 6½ hour walk – which would be even better in clear weather (and another Munro can easily be had!)

 

Meall Ghaordaidh M93 ‘Hill of the Shoulder’ 1039m/3408ft NN 514 397.

6th October 2015 Route Map

This is the first Munro I’ve climbed on my own (well George was there too!)

It starts from a very well marked sign by Duncroisk by the River Lochay just North West of Killin. Firstly on a boggy but clear track then, after a mile or so, at a cairn you take to a boggy path that goes all the way to the summit. Fairly gentle going all the way and an easy 4 hour walk. Weather not so great today being damp and cloudy but no wind to speak of and there were occasional gaps in the mist (from about 700m above).

 

 

Meall nan Tarmachan M89 ‘Hill of the ptarmigan’ 1044m/3425ft NN 585 390. 15th July 2008 Route Map

This was the first walk we did from Cameron McNeish’s excellent book, ‘Scotland’s 100 Best walks’, walk #2 ‘The Tarmachan Horseshoe’. An excellent 4½ hour walk starting from a parking point north west of Lochain na Lairige, first heading west to the north ridge of Meall Garbh across open moor land. Once on the ridge we then followed it around in a ‘horseshoe’, occasionally scrambling over rocks until completing the traverse of the ridge to the summit before following the broad ridge back down to the car. No real paths to follow but navigation was really easy as it’s obvious where we were heading at all tmes.

 

 

 

 

Am Bodach M99 ‘The Old man’ 1032m/3386ft NN 765 509. 25th June 2015 Route Map

There are 10 mountains in the Mamores group just north of Kinlochleven. If you are really determined then you could probably climb them all in one very long day, or like us you can climb them just as individuals as and when – this makes for lots of lovely days out enjoying the fabulous views and taking your time rather hard-core hiking!

To climb Am Bodach I made up my own route as it is usually climbed with a few of the other Mamores group. Starting from our holiday cottage in Kinlochleven we joined the West Highland Way for about a mile NW out of the village we then turned almost due north onto a rough path that follows the Allt Coire na h-Eirghe right into the Coire. From there we climbed up onto the ridge where there was a straight forward climb to the summit. We then retraced our steps to the bealach at about 800m and then climbed the narrow ridge to Sgurr an Lubhair. At 1001m this top was from 1981 until 1997 a munro (I guess about M135) but I have to agree with it loosing it’s status – to climb from Am Bodach to this summit was very easy! Still, a nice top never-the-less. We descended from this back to the path in the Coire and then, after lunch number 2 we headed home. A really good weather day so great views and yet another super walk taking just over 8 hours.

 

Carn Gorm M103 ‘Blue Hill’ 1029m/3376ft NN 635 500. 16th April 2012 Route Map

We started this walk from the car park at Invervar, first heading north from Invervar through a beautiful wood then along next to the Invervar Burn – lovely weather, although not too warm. We then turned North West and headed off the path up to the summit of Carn Gorm at 1029m a steady and fairly straight forward climb. At the summit we were lucky enough to have some great views. We then headed north passed An Sgorr and up to Meall Garbh at 968m with it’s cairn made up of old fence poles! Again, great views; especially of the Ben Lawers group. We then headed South East to the Meall Luaidhe at 919m then back down to rejoin the path back to the car. A lovely walk of about 4½ hours.

See below for Meall Garbh M186

 

 

 

Ben Challum M106 ‘Calum’s peak’ 1025m/3363ft NN 355 281. 21st April 2015 Route Map

We started this walk from the lovely bed and breakfast, ‘Ewich House’, on the A82 half-way between Crianlarich and Tyndrum.

After a short walk along the A82 we turned down the drive to Kirkton Farm, past St Fillan’s Priory and then onto the hill. It’s a very straight forward walk following a fence almost all the way to the summit, although not on a path, so it was sometimes fairly boggy. We had good views during the ascent and descent although above about 850m was fairly foggy. A good walk of about 6 hours.

 

 

 

 

Sgorr Dhearg M107 ‘Red rocky Peak’ on Beinn a’ Bheither ‘Hill of the Thunderbolt’ 1024m/3360ft NN 056 558. 29th September 2012 Route Map

We started this walk from the car park at South Ballachulish following a good forest track into Gleann a’ Chaolais and then, as it clears the tree line, onto a boggy path which you follow right onto the ridge. From there there are two Munro peaks, we did the more rocky Sgorr Dhonuill (see below) first then retracing are steps east, over and up to Sgorr Dhearg. It was lucky we did do it this way round as the 1st climb was a little exposed at times with more to negotiate – nothing horrendous but, when we climbed Sgorr Dhearg we were suddenly exposed to some very high winds which, although making things occasionally difficult, on the broader ridge climb it was ok – wouldn’t have wanted to climb Sgorr Dhonuill in such winds! We had great clear skies for the whole walk and the track through the wood at the start was particularly pleasant. A lovely walk of 7 hours.

See below for Sgorr Dhonuill M137

 

Stob Dearg M110 ‘Red Peak’ on Buachaille Etive Mor ‘Big Shepherd of Etive’ 1021m/3349ft NN 222 542. 3rd October 2012 Route Map

We’d had quite a tough week leading up to this, getting pretty wet and blown around on everyday, so when the forecast weather was to be much of the same we decided to instead walk the West Highland Way for the day. However, the parking space for this in Glencoe is at the same place as the start of the walk up Buachaille Etive Mor. When we arrived to start at about 10am the weather was looking ok and the mountain very inviting – so we quickly changed our minds and up we went! What a good decision; the weather turned out to be fine for most of the day; little wind, little rain and fairly good clearing in the clouds for good views.

The climb up to the ridge through Coire na Tulaich was good on a very well maintained path, unsurprising as this is a very popular mountain. There was a small but easy scramble to finally reach the ridge but, once there the going to both Munro peaks was very staright forward. The first Munro, Stob Dearg is at 1021m you then descend down and walk for a few kilometeres before climbing Stob na Doire which is at 1011m this, however, due to it’s close proximity to the 1st Munro peak is not classified as a Munro but another few kilometers away, after some more descents and ascents (all very easy) you reach another Munro (see below: M207 ‘Stob na Broige’) this is only 956m so weirdly, whilst on Stob na Doire (a non Munro) you look down to a peak that is a Munro! This was a good walk on a great ridge and then with a good descent from Stob Coire Altruim down another good path (not marked on the map) to cross the river Coupall to join the path back to the car. A lovely walk of 7 hours.

See below for Stob na Broige M207

 

Beinn Ime M118 ‘Butter Hill’ 1011m/3317ft NN 255 084. 2nd November 2009 Route Map

We did our own walk that took 4½ hours for this mountain starting from a parking place by Glen Kinglas on the A83.

There were no paths until we reached the very top as this wasn’t ‘a usual’ route. We made our way up to Bealach a’ Mhargaidh following the stream then walked around the south west face of the mountain to meet the path to the summit. It was quite a miserable, wet day and was very misty at the top, but still an exhilarating walk. We made our way back the same way but, unfortunately we decided to keep to the north of the stream hoping to cross a bridge over Kinglas Water at NN 239 099, this bridge wasn’t there so we had to walk for 2km north along the river to cross and then back again along a track on the other side. The saving grace for this was that, along the track back to the car, the sun finally made an appearance and it was a very pleasant evening stroll along the river!

 

 

Beinn Udlamain M119 ‘Gloomy Hill’ 1011m/3316ft NN 579 740. 19th April 2013 Route Map

This long 8½ hour walk from Balsporran Cottage on the A9 takes in 4 Munro peaks and we had a great day for it weather wise; warm clear skies and little wind: perfect!

We started from the good parking area by the cottage and headed staright up hill due west to the summit of Geal-charn at 917m – Balsporran cottage is already at 425m above sea level so not a huge ascent although one of those that seems to keep on going with several false summits and (annoyingly) several false cairns. From Geal-charn we descended south-west to the col at the head of Coire Fhar then we climbed quite steeply up on snow fields to the ridge and then north-east on the flat plateau to A’Mharconaich at 975m.

From there we headed south-west descending to the col before climbing the broad rolling mass of Beinn Udlamain this whole section was easy to navigate as it followed a line of old rusty fence posts. From the large cairn we continued to follow the fence posts down the very rocky south side of the mountain before turning due east to climb Sgairneach Mhor. Though not a steep climb we were hampered a little by some very large snow fields and we were aware of taking great care near the summit as there were sheer drops from the broad summit plateau to the north. The descent was easy in the snow down to cross the new bridge and join the excellent new track along Coire Dhomhain. We then had the 1½ walk alongside the A9 (on separate traffic-free cycle paths) back to the car at the cottages.

See below for Sgairneach Mhor M155 / A’Mharconaich M179 /  Geal-charn M279

 

An Diollaid ‘The Saddle’ M121 1010m/3314ft NG 936 131. 7th October 2010 Route Map

This mountain is walk #69 in Cameron McNeish’s ‘Scotland’s 100 Best walks’ but we made our own 8 hour walk from our cottage in Ratagan. From Shiel Bridge we walked right along Gleann Undalain to Coire Uaine, had lunch then made the 400m very steep climb / scramble up to Sgurr na Creige, from there it is a walk right along the ridge to a small loch just below the summit. The decent we cut more across the mountain before returning along the Gleann.

 

 

 

 

Sgurr Eilde Mor M123 ‘Big Peak of the Hind’ 1010m/3314ft NN 230 657.

10th October 2010 Route Map

We had a great 7 hour walk for this one from the car park next to St Paul’s church in Kinlochleven. The start was a bit confusing finding our way along all the paths behind the village but eventually we found our way folowing some great paths up to the amazing Coire an Lochain. This, like the Coire Mhic Fhearchair behind Beinn Eighe, is a great place on earth, with good weather you could just hang around in a place like this for hours. We also bumped into Cameron McNeish about 20m below the summit!

 

 

 

Beinn Dearg M124 ‘Red Hill’ 1008m/3307ft NN 529 778.

7th April 2014 Route Map

A really long walk this one (21 miles) and took 9 hours but as usual; worth it! We started from our accommodation in the grounds of Blair Atholl castle following the road and then the excellent track up Glen Banvie, soon turning north past Carn Dearg Beag and onto a well deserved lunch stop at the lovely bothy, Allt Scheicheechan. We then continued north on a rough path over moor land past Bruar Lodge and then we started the climb up a good path heading north-east alongside Allt Beinn Losgarnaich. Although it was good walking weather up till this point, unfortunately from above 700m it was not so good, very foggy and then a small blizzard as we approached the summit! However, shortly after we started the descent south on a path over the high moor land the skies cleared a bit and we had some lovely views. We soon ended back to the bothy for a bit more to eat before the long hike back to Old Blaire.

 

Carn Liath M127 ‘Grey Hill’’  1006m/3300ft NN 472 903. 15th April 2013

See above for Stob Poite Coire Ardair M76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meall Greigh M136 ‘Hill of Horse Studs’ 1001m/3284ft  NN 674 438. 17th April 2012 Route Map

We started this walk from Ben Lawers Hotel car park in Lawers village (free if you agree to buy a drink at the end of your walk). Started first along the road to Machuim farm then followed a well signposted track North West through a small wood to come out onto the Ben Lawers Nature Reserve. We then walked along the path following Lawers Burn until level with Sron Mhor where we then went off path North East heading up to Meall Greigh. Going was quite tough as snow everywhere and weather was generally good but changeable with sleet and mist. When we reached the summit it cleared and we had great views, particularly across to Ben Lawers and An Stuc with Lochan nan Cat looking great – maybe one day we’ll stay on the original path along Lawers Burn and follow it all the way to the Lochan – looks lovely! Headed back down the same way we went up – easier going as quite a bit of snow had melted by then. Another great walk taking just under 5 hours and then we had a lovely drink at the hotel before heading home.

 

 

Sgorr Dhonuill M137 ‘Donald’s rocky peak’’  1001m/3284ft NN 040 555. 29th September 2012

See above for Sgorr Dhearg M107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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