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Wilderness Guiding

Day walks are tailored to your objectives, aspirations and ability. These may include a specific Munro or two, an area linked to an early Celtic Saint or a journey in the footsteps of a specific person in an area connected to them.

There are also many lovely woodland walks of varying length around Aviemore, where I am based.

Just let me know what you'd like to explore, either by phone or the booking enquiry page and I'll happily offer some suggestions for you to consider.

Below are listed some ideas which offer a range of options and which hopefully allow you to consider the scope of what's possible. From Munros to moorland, each landscape has an enchantment of it's own.

 

Ben Nevis

The highest mountain, not just in Scotland but the UK. It must be said, there are many other Munros that offer a more peaceful, reflective day, but why not start with the highest? This is a strenuous, tough walk on a steep path. The summit area is very rough and stony. There may be a path all the way but this mountain should not be underestimated. Boots and full waterproofs (jacket & trousers) along with snacks and water, are essential.

Distance: 14km/8.7 miles Ascent: 1340m/4396ft Time: 6-9 hours

 

Rannoch Moor

This wonderful day walk gives fantastic views of Rannoch Moor, described so vividly in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. There is also a monument here to Ian Fleming’s brother Peter, author of News from Tartary who died here while deer-stalking.

Distance: 10.13km/6.3 miles Ascent: 264m/869ft Time: 5-8 hours

 

Ben Macdui 

This mountain is famous as the home of the legendary Old Grey Man Am Fear Liath Mòr and is the second highest mountain in the UK. The views from the summit can be stunning but what’s even better is the feeling of space that these Cairngorm plateau mountains instill. From the Ski Centre car park.

Distance: 14km/8.7 miles Ascent: 690m/2263ft Time: 5-8 hours

 

Glen Lyon & Saint Adamnan

Glen Lyon has rightly been an admired favourite with writers, artists and poets for centuries. Remote and beautiful, even today access is along a road that is narrow and twisting. But this glen is well worth the effort to get here. It abounds with historical remains and has more than it’s fair share of tales and views to keep us coming back. Adamnan left his presence in this landscape and his name lives on in maps of the area. We will explore the landscape with particular reference to his life and work.

Distance: 14km/8.7miles. Ascent: negligible. Time: 4-5 hours.

 

Balquidder and Rob Roy MacGregor

The old churchyard in Balquidder is where Rob Roy is buried, along with his wife and 2 sons. This small, picturesque village is in the heartland of where Rob lived over the course of his eventful (and surprisingly long) life.

This walk follows the forested valley of Kirkton Glen, an old Right of Way from one glen over to the next. There are some wonderful open views down to Loch Voil, where Rob Roy lived for a time. The walking is mostly on well-made forest tracks, with some boggy sections.

Distance: 9km / 5.5 miles. Ascent: 380m/1247ft. Time: 3-5 hours

 

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Cost:

1 to 2 people > £140 per day

3 to 4 people > £170 per day

5 to 6 people > £200 per day

 

The maximum number for any day is 6 people.

 

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