Buachaille Etive Mhor
April 14th to 16th
April 21st to 23rd
May 26th to 28th
June 16th to 18th
July 14th to 16th
Juy 21st to 23rd
July 28th to 30th
August 25th to 27th
Single Rm Supp: £50
Hostel option: £195
Includes: All transport, guiding and 2 nights accommodation.
Excludes: Saturday night dinner, drinks, Final night accommodation if staying in Edinburgh, additional tourist attractions, castle entrance fees etc.
B&B, Guest House and small hotels; hostel chalets if requested
Depart from Edinburgh: 6pm Friday
Return to Edinburgh: 7pm Sunday
A long weekend hiking break to the Glen Coe and Fort William areas in the Western Highlands, Scotland featuring some of the classic walking routes on and around Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Glencoe itself, our base for the weekend, is surrounded by some of the Scottish mainland's most awe inspiring peaks and is rich in history, being the site of the famous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.
This 2-day/2-night hiking tour is based in the spectacular mountain areas of Glencoe and Glen Nevis and will feature ascents of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK and Buachaille Etive Mhor, one of the most beautiful, as well as lower level walking into the upper reaches of Glen Nevis. These glens have some spectacular scenery, being surrounded by mountains such as the Mamores range and the Grey Corries and have been the setting for several major films over the years including Braveheart, Highlander, Rob Roy and more recently, Harry Potter.
Friday: Travel to Glencoe - You will be picked up from Edinburgh at 6pm and travel north to our accommodation at Glencoe, stopping at a village restaurant for food on the way...
Saturday: Ben Nevis - Early start for an ascent of Ben Nevis, Scotland and the UK's highest mountain. The walk is straight forward and keeps mainly to a well used path, but is always physically challenging. The view from the summit however, over the surrounding mountains and sea (when not shrouded in mist), is well worth the effort (1344m/4400ft, 6m/10km, good trail, 8-9 hrs). After this fine ascent and a good dinner there will be time for some well earned refreshments in one of Glencoe's legendary ale houses.
Sunday: Buachaille Etive Mhor - Your second day of the weekend will be spent on Buachaille Etive Mhor ('Great Herdsman of Etive'). This famous mountain guards the entrance to Glen Coe and is reportedly Scotland's most photographed mountain! The ascent is by rough path and is fairly challenging but the effort is well worth it! The wide vista over Rannoch Moor is one of the most extensive in the country (740m/2430ft , 4m/6km, rough rocky ground, 6-7 hrs). We then return to Edinburgh to arrive early evening, by 7pm.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation is varied throughout the tour. In most areas we use large guest houses or small hotels with excellent facilities. In Glencoe we may sometimes use smaller bed and breakfast houses or use larger hotes in Fort William. Please note that during certain weekends, single rooms are very hard to obtain and that as such, en-suite facilities for singles may not always be available - particularly during July and August. We will advise you when you book. All our accommodation is hand-picked, situated within some spectacular settings and a warm welcome from your hosts is assured throughout the tour.
Saturday evening meals are not included in the tour, but the guide will arrange these in a local inn or restaurant. Friday evening meal en-route is included. Sometimes, our guest houses offer a set menu, all with excellent home cooked food, restaurants will provide a wider choice of courses. Vegetarians will always be catered for and other specific dietary requirements can normally be catered for if we know in advance. At all the places we visit we make a special effort to ensure that your evening meals are a highlight of the trip, with excellent food on offer and a relaxed and welcoming ambiance. Packed lunches are included.
Grading of Walks
The walking throughout this tour we class as “Challenging” – suitable for people of good fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience. Both are challenging days involving mountain ascents of around 3000ft (Ben Nevis 4,400ft!) – Ben Nevis has an easier, less steep and less rocky path than the Buachaille although the walk is considerably longer. Please see our full itinerary above.