Category Archives: Hiking

Ben Nevis, The Highest British Munro

The Highest Mountain in Britain

I have always been rather sceptical about climbing Ben Nevis (Gaelic for Mountain of Heaven). I enjoy being and one with nature whilst hiking Munros in Scotland and appreciate the peace and quite found in these remote areas. Ben Nevis however attracts crowds of tourists from all over the world estimated at 100,000 per year! But it was not as bad as I thought and we had amazing weather conditions.

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Mayar and Driesh, Glen Clova Family Day Out

My Mum and Dad completed their first (and hopefully not last) Munro!

This beautiful hike begins at Glen Doll Car park at the top of Glen Clova, one of six Angus glens. We paid our £2 parking fee and filled in a ticket for the rangers to say when we had left (10:45) and how late back we were going to be (17:00). The woodland walk followed the beautiful fee burn and the path was enclosed by tall scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), giving off a strong smell of Christmas.

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Aonach Eagach, the narrowest ridge on the British mainland

Good things come to those who wait!

I was both excited and nervous for this challenging ridge, mainly because I had never tried exposed scrambling before and this was 6 miles of it! We parked at a small car park 300m west of Allt-na-reigh on the A82. The ascent to Am Bodach was a very steep but quick path up the spur.

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Ben Lui and Beinn a’Chleibh

The boggiest munro so far!

Situated at the top of Glen Fyne it is only an hour car journey from Oban –  between Dalmally and Tyndrum. Firstly, I managed to cross the river Lochy without getting my socks wet but then managing to step right in the middle of boggy ground next to a waterfall, up to my knees! My feet were soaking for the rest of the walk. It did not get less boggy until near the ridge of Ben Lui.
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Pap of Glencoe

 

The thing about going up hills is that it never seems to get any easier.. But the views are most definitely worth the climb!

The Pap of Glencoe is a Graham with a height of 716m, situated behind Glencoe village, marking the entrance to this beautiful range of hills. I was unsure about the route of this ascent and my thoughts were confirmed by an old man in the car park after the walk – “Back in my day we headed straight to the top, none of this follow the path nonsense.”

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