One of the biggest draws of Scotland is it’s many mountains. On a beautiful clear Summer’s day there’s nothing better being on a summit looking down on the world. Ben Nevis, the highest hill in the UK , the magnificent Mamores, and the hills of Glencoe are all nearby, and waiting for you. Hillwalking is a popular reason for visiting our beautiful area. Thousands of people every year attempt to summit the ‘Ben’. Walking Ben Nevis takes the average person about 6 hours, but the record for the Ben Nevis hill race, held every September, is 1:25:34!
For the more adventurous there are the Mamores, one of the finest mountain ranges in Scotland. Ten Munros linked by ridges and crests, forming one long chain. A great day out, if you’re fit enough! There’s also the hills in Glencoe, including the infamous Aonach Eagach Ridge. Be warned, it’s a Grade 2 Scrambling Route, and definately not one for the faint hearted. There’s the Grey Corries by Spean Bridge and the hills of Glenfinnan, all close enough for you to enjoy a magnificent day in the hills.
There are plenty of guides to help you up any hill in the area, and to hidden gems. Girls on Hills https://www.girlsonhills.com/ is the brainchild of Keri Wallace and Nancy Kennedy. Scotland’s only trail, hill, and fellrunning company made by women for women, they offer courses for the beginner as well as the advanced. They also offer bespoke guided adventures for men and women. Both ladies are residents of Glencoe and know all there is to know about the area.
There are many guides in our area who are able to create the perfect day for you. If you are not wanting a guide, there are books with routes and plenty of information online, and in the local climbing shops. Remember, safety first, always dress appropriately for the weather and let someone know where you’re going and when you’re expected to return.
If the hills are not for you, there are plenty of low level walks which take in the natural beauty that abounds. But that’s another blog!