Dingle Hillwalking Club

7 Night Scottish Highlands Guided Walking Holiday 16th -23rd September 2023

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  • Height gain: Mixed
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Day 1: Remote Ardgour 

Option 1 – Across The Corran Ferry Distance: 13.5 km Ascent: 380m A walk with two distinct sections either side of Loch Linnhe. We start at Onich and follow forest trails towards Inchree with its splendid waterfalls. We’ll then see the Scottish mountains from a different perspective as we take the Corran ferry across to Ardgour for a pleasant woodland walk in the grounds of Ardgour House. 

Option 2 – Maclean’s Towel Distance: 10km Ascent: 760m Cross over on the Corran ferry to the Ardgour Peninsula, then climb the side of the spectacular Maclean’s Towel waterfall to the summit of Meall Breac. Throughout the walk there are great views over the immense Loch Linnhe and the mountains of Glen Coe beyond. 

Option 3 – Sgurr Na h-Eanchainne Distance: 11.5km  Ascent: 840m Cross over on the Corran ferry to walk in the mountains of the Ardgour Peninsula. Our route takes us past Maclean’s Towel waterfall then around the ridge onto the summit of Sgurr na h-Eanchainne at just over 700m

Day 2: Ben Nevis And The Nevis Gorge 

Option 1 – Nevis Gorge Distance: 12.5km Ascent: 220m We’ll meander through Nevis Gorge keeping an eye on Ben Nevis high above us. Enjoy the tranquillity of this wooded gorge, where the torrent churns between giant boulders, providing a soundtrack of trickling water. Soak up the sight of Steall Waterfall, the third highest cascade in Britain, before emerging into the wide vistas of Steall meadow. 

Option 2 – Below The North Face Distance: 14km Ascent: 800m Set your sights on the climbers’ hut that sits below the mighty north face of Ben Nevis as you begin climbing up and up. Then once we reach it, we’ll contour below the Castle Ridge buttress and descend via the Pony Track to Glen Nevis. You’ll have the chance to see the famed towering cliffs of the north face up close – revered for its excellent rock and ice climbing. 

Option 3 – Ben Nevis Distance: 16.5km Ascent: 1,380m Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, is on the agenda today. It’s a challenging climb to the summit from Glen Nevis along the Pony Track, but it’s a walk to write home about. You’ll zig zag all the way to the top where for a few moments you’ll be the highest person in Britain. 

Day 3: Free Day – Scottish Highlands Discover more about Alltshellach and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day. 

Day 4: Kentallen Peninsula & The Hills Around Loch Leven 

Option 1 – Kentallen Peninsula Distance:11.5km Ascent: 180m A bracing coastal walk around the Kentallen Peninsula provides a wonderful contrast to the inland mountains. You’ll explore Cuil Bay and Kentallen Bay to finish at the Holly Tree Hotel. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot birds and seals as we take in the sweeping views across Loch Linnhe and the isle of Mull from the Rubha Mor headland. 

Option 2 – Sgorr A’Choise Distance: 13.5km Ascent: 680m Walk from Glen Coe along a beautiful valley and upwards to the airy summit of Sgorr a’Choise. We descend on the rocky southwest ridge before following Gleann an Fhiodh to Ballachulish. Sgorr a’Choise is modest in height compared to the neighbouring peaks; but it’s an excellent viewpoint overlooking Loch Leven.

Option 3 – Beinn A’ Bheithir Distance: 14.5km  Ascent: 1,320m There’s nothing quite like a rewarding climb, and if it’s a clear day there’s a jaw-dropping mountain panorama waiting at the top. We’ll conquer the summits of Sgorr Dhearg, Sgorr Dhonuill, and Sgorr Bhan today. Between Sgorr Bhan and Sgorr Dearg there is a dramatic arete. The descent then takes us through the wooded valley of Gleann a’ Chaolais to Alltshellach.

Day 5: Hills And Tracks Around Kinlochleven 

Option 1 – Loch Eilde Mor Distance: 14km  Ascent: 540mDiscover the mountains, valleys, and waterfalls around Kinlochlevenat the head of Loch Leven. We’ll ascend to the beautiful mountain lake of Loch Eilde Mor then descend via the Old Military Road and the West Highland Way.You’ll be accompanied by panoramas of the Mamore mountains.

Option 2 – Garbh Bheinn (Loch Leven) Distance: 10 km  Ascent: 900mYou’ll walk from the southern shore of Loch Leven to the village of Kinlochleven via the summit of Garbh Bheinn mountain. We’ll climb the little frequented ridge to the summit to see the peaks up close, then descend through wild country to join the old military road. 

Option 3 – Na Gruagaichean Distance: 13.5km Ascent: 1,160m With 10 Munro summits, the rugged Mamore ridge contains some of Scotland’s finest mountain walking. You’ll take in a small part of it, climbing past Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall onto the Mamore mountains from where the wild and fierce landscape opens up before you. We’ll traverse a high-level ridge walk, which links the summits of Sgorr EildeBeagand Na,before descending the southern spur of the mountain back to Kinlochleven.

Day 6: Mountains Of Glencoe 

Option 1 – Glen Etive To Glen Coe Distance: 12.5km Ascent: 520m Walk from Glen Etive to Glen Coe between the spectacular ridges of Buachaille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor. Our path crosses a pass known as the Lairig Gartain (Pass of the Garden), then descends to Glen Coe and along the West Highland Way to the Kingshouse Inn. Look out for Red Deer and Golden Eagles as you discover this amazing landscape. 

Option 2 – Buachaille Etive Beag Distance: 10km Ascent: 940m The little sister to Buachaille Etive Mor – one of Scotland’s most iconic mountains – Buachaille Etive Beag is a magnificent ridge in its own right. Starting from Glen Coe, we’ll follow a good path to the ridge and visit both summits before descending into another valley and returning to Glen Coe. 

Option 3 – Buachaille Etive Mor Distance: 15km Ascent: 980m Ascend steeply from Glen Coe up a rocky path through Coire Altruim onto Buachaille Etive Mor. We’ll then follow the undulating ridge to the summit of Stob Dearg where there’s an eagle’s eye view over Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe stretching out beneath. Afterwards, we’ll descend and follow the valley to the Kingshouse inn.