Early Summer Mountain Round Up!

Whenever we have a spare day at the weekend and the unpredictable Scottish weather controllers look likely to bless us with some fair weather we love to take to the hills. Mountains and hills are our favourite adventure!!!

We love the views, the exercise, the picnics and the sense of achievement you get from reaching the top. As we love it so much we thought that now and again we’d share with you some of the Munros we’ve been climbing so you can see what we’ve been up. This will be a regular post every couple of months. Lots of the time this will be Munros but if we go on any other hills or walks that we really like we’ll be sure to throw them in too.

Here’s our pick of some of the munros we’ve done this Summer so far…

Beinn a’Ghlo

Where? Blair Atholl

How high? There are three summits (3 munros!) and the tallest is 1121m with a total ascent of 1239m.

Distance? 22km

How long does it take? About 9 hrs

Where can you celebrate after? Pitlochry  

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This is the perfect full day out in the mountains and I loved this route because it is a circle so you can come back a completely different way. We started at about 9 in the morning and were walking all day till after 5pm. We had my mum and dad’s dog and she loved it too though she did have a traumatising experience being chased by cows at one point!

I need to go back to do this one again because it was so cloudy on all the summits that you couldn’t see a thing but I hear that it is spectacular on a good day. Typically as soon as we descended the last summit the sun came out and I got sunburnt on the long stretch back to the car…. What are you like Scotland?

Some navigation skill is needed when descending the second summit in cloud but most of the time there is a clear path. Very much recommend this!!!

 

Ben Lomond

Where? Rowardennan, Loch Lomond.

How high? 990m

Distance? 12km

How long does it take? 5hrs

Where can you celebrate after? Loch Lomond

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We made a weekend of climbing Ben Lomond, with half of Adventures by Two camping and the other half staying at Rowardennan YHA (rave reviews!). The night before was spent swimming, eating lots and consuming a few beverages!

The sun was shining the day we headed up Ben Lomond so to avoid the queues we headed up the trail via Ptarmigan. This is the harder path (although not really too hard!) and makes for a much more interesting walk! Path is very clear and if the weather is nice navigation isn’t too essential.

A beautiful day with beautiful friends, Ben Lomond is a fairly easy climb and the views from the top are amazing. What a perfect day out!

 

Ben Lawers, Beinn Ghlas and An Stuc

Where? Killin, Loch Tay.

How high? 1428m (of total ascent)

Distance? 14km

How long does it take? 5.5hrs

Where can you celebrate after? Kenmore

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Another beautiful day! But with storms forecasted later in the afternoon we opted out of the point to point route which would have taken in seven munros.

However we managed to bag three before turning back to avoid the storm. Typical Scotland when you get both sunburnt  and end up back in the car soaking wet!

We then headed off to Kenmore to have some amazing halloumi burgers to celebrate!

Can’t wait to head back up there and do the full seven soon!

 

Buachaille Etive Beag

Where? Glencoe

How high? 900m (total ascent) 

How long does it take? 5 hours 

Distance? 8km 

Where can you celebrate after? The Clachaig 

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Buachaille Etive Beag is another one that falls into the easier category of munros but is completely spectacular, as is anything situated in Glencoe. This mountain is also two munros for that little extra sense of achievement!

I climbed Buchaille Etive Beag back in April and we got the most perfect sunny day but there was also still lots of snow on the mountains to trudge through and play in. It was what can only be described as a perfect day with a large group of us climbing to the top and a cracking night after to celebrate in the legendary Clachaig Inn! Everyone should definitely go here at some point! We stayed at the Glencoe Independent Hostel, also highly recommended and a short walk from the inn. 

 

An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir

Where? Linn of Dee, near Braemar.

How high? 1059m

How long does it take? 9hrs ( although walking highlands suggests between 11-12 hrs.

Distance? 42km

Where can you celebrate after? Braemar – Yummy fish and chips!

An Sgarsoch and Carn An Fhidhleir are described as some of the most remote munros in Scotland. With an 8 mile cycle out to the start of the walk you start to get this feeling of remoteness! Would highly recommend taking a mountain bike as the track is  bumpy, I took a hybrid bike and man it was painful!

Having been used to a more noticeable path while climbing munros, these munros came as a bit of a surprise. Plenty of bogs to end up in!

The view at the top of both munros is certainly not the most spectacular but incredible to see the large expanse of hills and quite how remote you are!  Navigation is definitely needed!

I would say this was definitely one of the toughest days I have had out on the hills (perhaps the hangover didn’t help!) but the added cycle really put my legs to the test. Headwinds the whole 8 miles in! Would recommend this for a day when you are feeling fit!

 

You’ll notice munro bagging is on our bucket list so here’s hoping we can do more and more!

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