For this week-long trip we’ve homed in on the Big Six to give you a classic journey through the Western Highlands that includes bagging some of the highest peaks or Munros Scotland has to offer.
It’s certainly not just about tough ascents and mountain bagging though as we aim to have plenty of fun along the way as well as allowing time to explore Scotland’s foodie side and great hospitality in the evenings!
The most southerly Munro (3000ft+ peak), Ben Lomond is also one of the most popular mountains in Scotland, giving views over Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the Arrochar Alps. The walk begins in the forest near Rowardennan and is a circular trail, heading up and then descending two of the mountains southerly ridges.
Often called the ‘most photographed mountain in Scotland’, Buachaille Etive Mor is indeed a ‘beaut’, standing guardian at the entrance to Glen Coe and proudly fronting the vastness of Rannoch Moor. This mountain is actually a ridge with several peaks, the highest of which, Stob Dearg, stands at 1022m. This is the summit we’ll reach first, straight up from the roadside, before completing the ridge and returning along the valley of Lairig Gartain.
A spectacular circular route summiting the two peaks of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill, both over 1000m and which stand over the village of Ballachulish and the sea. We’ll be able to see down Glen Coe, and west to Loch Linnhe. Once at the first peak, we spend a long time up high, giving us the feeling of a great mountain traverse.
Near Crianlarich lies a long ridge of mountains, the highest of which is Ben Lui, also a nature reserve. It’s pointed summit reminds many people of an alpine peak, and it’s well known for holding the snow in gullies deep into the summer. Our ascent is a dramatic one from the north-west, including the summit of a neighbouring peak and beginning and ending on dark forest trails.
A big day out but certainly one to remember, the Grey Corries are a narrow ridge of several summits that lie amongst the great mass of mountains east of Ben Nevis, above Glen Spean. They are named after the grey rocky debris that litters the ridge, and spills down onto the sides. After a long trail through the Leanachan Forest we emerge onto a high rocky jumble of peaks; once on the main ridge the route is one of the all-time greats, keeping us high above the tree-line until we descend back into the forest at the end of the day.
Well with more than 280 Munroes to go at and hundreds of Corbetts, Grahams and other peaks in this veritable playground, we won’t run out of choices. Even on less-than-good weather days we can still go for the lower classics such as the Pap of Glencoe or a valley walk down Glen Etive.