Day 1 – Inverness to Wester Ross in the North West Highlands
On route to our accommodation in Wester Ross, we stop at beautiful Loch Maree and enjoy a short circular walk which takes us through pine forest and onto a low plateau which offers magnificent views of the surrounding area – a taste of what is to come!
Day 2 – Ben Damph (903m)
This little mountain is often ignored as it falls just below the 3000ft barrier so is not a Munro. However, its ascent makes for an excellent day hike, with unrivalled views across Loch Torridon to the dramatic peaks of Liathach, Beinn Alligan and Beinn Eighe.
Day 3 – Beinn an Eoin in the Flowerdale Forest
This walk ventures into a pristine and rarely visited wilderness. Passing initially through pine forest, we then climb the long ridge of Beinn an Eoin (855m) to enjoy dramatic views from its pointed summit, over lochs, mountains and one of the wildest landscapes of the Wester Ross.
Day 4 – Beinn Ghoblach and travel to Cairngorms National Park
An easier day allows us to re-energise ahead of the next phase of the trip. Beinn Ghoblach (635m) is a prominent but rarely climbed peak which overlooks Little Loch Broom. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, it allows the opportunity to gaze across the mountains where we have spent the last few days. On return to the vehicle, we travel south to the contrasting landscape of the Cairngorms, arriving in time to freshen up before dinner.
Day 5 – The Ospreys of Loch Garten and the Abernethy Forest
The beautiful Abernethy Forest is a haven for all sorts of wildlife but is famed for the ospreys which nest around Loch Garten. Our relaxing day will explore the Abernethy forest, keeping a look out for a glimpse of the local residents. (10 km, 5 hours)
Day 6 – Ben MacDui and the Northern Corries
The second highest mountain in the UK, Ben MacDui (1309m) dominates the central Cairngorms plateau and Speyside. Benefiting of a high starting point, we pass the dramatic rocky cauldrons of the Northern Corries before crossing the high plateau to reach the remote and elevated summit. (18 km, 8 hours)
Day 7 – Meall a Buachaille (810m) via Ryvoan Bothy and the Angel’s Lochan.
This short ascent affords fine vistas of the main plateau of the Cairngorms where we have spent most of our week. Descending eastwards, we pass the poetic Ryvoan bothy and the beautiful emerald-coloured Angel’s Lochan, tucked in amongst the Scots Pines – a fine place to reflect upon the week before the short transfer back to Inverness. (8 km, 5 hours)
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