Glencoe Winter Munros
Many parts of the Scottish Highlands are spectacular, but few compare to the awesome mountain scenery of the Glencoe Area. This dramatic glaciated landscape of high peaks deep glens has drawn mountaineers and hillwalkers for centuries.
Here we do some of the more “off the beaten track” peaks.
Day of arrival:
You’re met at point your of arrival whether that’s Aviemore train station (2:45 pm) or Inverness Airport (3:30pm), Fort William (5:30 pm) or alternatively you can meet us at our
accommodation in Ballachulish from around 6 pm onwards.
Try to aim to arrive by 7:30 pm so that you have time to settle in and meet the other members of the group before dinner at 8pm.
We start the week with an ascent of Beinn Fhionnlaidh. It’s a straight forward hill not too unlike Schiehallion. Its remote situation at the heart of the Glencoe/Glen Etive peaks presents some unfamiliar but interesting views of the neighbouring giants.
1080m (3130 ft) of ascent on gentle to moderate gradients. 16km (10 miles) across snow covered rough mountain moorland and rochy terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:51
Our quarry today is a bit of a hidden gem, Sgorr na h-Ulaidh, (Peak of the Treasure) lies well hidden from the Glencoe road. A 3km walk in allows those muscles to get fully warmed before the climb begins.
Steady at first and then steeper, we ascend out of the deep glaciated U of the glen directly to a saddle. Suddenly the views open up and your gaze is met by a magnificent viewpoint onto Bidean nam Bian.
1270m (4170 ft) of ascent on gentle, moderate and steep gradients. 9 miles (14km) of mountain walking on vehicle tracks, footpaths but also on snow covered rough mountain moorland terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:39
Viewing across the great expanse of Rannoch Moor Meall a’ Bhuiridh & Creise form part of one Scotland’s finest mountain panoramas. Seen from the Kingshouse Hotel they form an attractive horseshoe and the promise of a great outing. They are the highest 2 Munro’s in the Black Mount and a traverse of them both creates a route with real mountaineering flavour and a very fine day out in the winter hills.
1050m (3450 ft) of ascent on mainly moderate and steep gradients. 10km (6 miles) of mountain walking on paths but also on snow covered moorland and rocky terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 5:02
It’s a rest day! It’s a chance to recover those weary muscles and explore the local area.
Stob Gobhar is arguably the finest mountain in the Black Mount. It’s sprawling ridges and flanks hold no less than around 14 coires. It offers both narrow ridges and board plateau with our route taking in it’s great eastern coire as well as the neighbouring Munro of Stob a’ Choire Odhar.
1340m (4390 ft) of ascent on gentle, moderate and steep gradients. 16km (10 miles) of walking on vehicle tracks and footpaths but also over snow covered rough moorland and rocky terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 7:16
Sgurr Eilde Mor is the remotest of the Mamore Peaks, lying 6km from our start point. Aloof from the main ridge, it’s a fine looking peak. Steep and conical, it sits splendidly above Coire
1140m (3750ft) of ascent on moderate and steep gradients. 14 km (8.5 miles) of mountain walking on paths but also over snow covered rough moorland and rocky terrain. Approx walking time excluding breaks: 6:12
Day of Departure:
What ever time your plane or train is we will get you there for it. Most folks depart after breakfast leaving requests for Rebecca’s recipes or vowing to maintain their elevated standard of living!
Gallery of photos
On this trip we will not be visiting our main home at Fraoch Lodge. Instead we’ll be based in Ballachulish at River Mill House
This property is a lovely, semi-detached house with beautiful grounds. The house has 6 bedrooms which is perfect for the needs of our group. We’ll only be a short distance from the village of Glencoe and 15 miles from Fort William.
The area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s stunning: climbing, skiing, kayaking, fishing, walking, and cycling opportunities abound. The sustrans route from Glencoe to Oban passes very close to the property.
We have achieved Gold Star Awards from the world’s most highly respected green accreditation scheme, Green Tourism, and were awarded Highly Commended in their Green Star Awards 2013 for both Scot Mountain Holidays and Fraoch Lodge. We offer a Green Travel Discount of £15 to any guests who travel to us by public transport. Our primary aim is to minimise the carbon footprint of our holidays, and to this end we donate 1% of the price of our tours to the RSPB’s Abernethy Reforestation project.
It is a holistic approach we have to the care of the environment. Andy your adventure guide has a passion for the natural world – whether it’s the flora, fauna or fungi. He has a background in geology and a lifelong interest in natural history, as well as being a keen gardener. He knows a Golden Plover from a Dotterel, a Green Shank and a Dunlin. He also makes no apologies to being very excitable upon spying a Golden Eagle!
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