Glencoe Experience

4 Days

Price from: £749.00

Ref No: Activus 042

Mountaineering
Trekking
Wilderness

A weekend hiking in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands

Glencoe is unquestionably one of Scotland's most historic and scenic glens. Visitors holiday here from all over the world - year after year, inspired by the sheer scale and grandeur of its surrounding mountains and fascinated by the intrigue of its turbulent past.

  • Glencoe Experience image
  • Highlights
  • The Aonach Eagach Ridge
  • Buachaille Etive Mor
  • Bidean nam Bian
This is an area of the Scottish Highlands rich in history and blessed with stunning scenery. So much myth, legend and history precedes a visit to the expanse of Glencoe and Loch Leven that visitors are unprepared for the sheer beauty and breathtaking serenity of this vast sweeping pass.

With each of the four seasons, new waves of colour wash across the sharply steepening foothills up to the massive angular peaks that push into an ever changing sky.

The area is alive with wild flowers from May onwards and Glencoe is an important conservation area for Alpine species. The ancient woodlands also provide a display of woodland flowers like bluebells with the trees themselves putting on a wonderful show of colour in the autumn. Wildlife is abundant with deer, pine-marten, otters and wildcat all growing local populations seen year-round. Golden Eagles and other raptors may be seen, while Loch Leven is a breeding territory for many seabirds and ducks.     

Summer conditions may be expected from June to September and winter conditions from October to May.  

Activus Outdoors provide a short 4 day/3 night break to this region. You will be picked up from Glasgow airport on a Friday (5pm latest) and transferred to your accommodation at the Clachaig Inn, Glencoe. You can choose from 2 of the 3 expeditions shown below to take on Saturday and Sunday before being returned to Glasgow airport on Monday morning. Our Glencoe experience is designed to enable corporate or private groups to participate in a memorable mountaineering excursion and is the ideal environment for both team building and the more leisure-orientated visit to this beautiful region.

Activity Information

1.      The Aonach Eagach Ridge

Location: The north side of Glencoe, Argyll, Central Highlands
Length: 7km / 4.33 miles
Ascent: 1125m / 3690ft
Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: The jagged north skyline of Glencoe provides a fine challenge.

Horizontally from Am Bodach to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh the distance traversed is some 3km (2 miles). It must be stressed that there is NO SAFE DESCENT FROM THE RIDGE between these points. We traverse the ridge from east to west, and the difficulties begin with the descent of Am Bodach (Scrambling Grade 1). Thereafter, it is The Pinnacles section between Meall Dearg and Stob Coire Leith which provides the main area of interest. Here there are numerous short scrambling sections with not inconsiderable exposure in places; the hardest is the very last pinnacle, at Scrambling Grade 2. In winter conditions this walk becomes a mountaineering expedition, of Winter Grade1/2 severity. The descent west of Clachaig Gully is steep and demanding, with exposed sections of scrambling which are technically easy, but should still be tackled with considerable care.

Comment
: A compelling walk that fully lives up to its reputation for excellence.

2.     
Buachaille Etive Mor by Curved Ridge
    Location: Above Rannoch Moor at the entrance to Glen Etive
    Length: 13km / 8 miles Ascent: 1100m / 3620ft
    Time: 7 hours
    Difficulty: A strenuous and technical ascent of Buachaille Etive's north-east face by Curved Ridge leads to a high mountain traverse.

    The Curved Ridge follows an impressive line beneath the great pink face of the Rannoch Wall, providing reasonably easy scrambling initially, then steepening at the top. A few rocky steps have to be climbed; individually these are perhaps no greater than 10m (30ft) high and with good ledges beneath, but there is no easier alternative; however, the climbing is only moderate, and is short-lived (Scrambling Grade 3).

    Comment
    : An outstanding ridge walk requiring basic rock climbing ability. To climb it by Curved Ridge, then continuing along its sinuous summit ridge high betwixt lovely Glen Etive and the lonely mountain pass of Lairig Gartain is surely the stuff of dreams! This demanding outing can be fore-shortened in length for the technically adventurous including a circular route to the summit via the Curved Ridge, Crowberry Tower and the North Buttress. An alternative route follows Curved Ridge and Crowberry Tower to the summit and descending via Coire na Tulaich back down to Lagangarbh Cottage and the start.

    3.     
    Bidean by Lost Valley Horseshoe
      Location: South side of Glencoe, Argyll, Central Highlands
      Length: 12km / 7.5 miles Ascent: 1380m / 4528ft
      Time: 9 hours
      Difficulty: Long, sustained, remote and exposed with three key sections of difficulty: the Gearr Aonach Zig-Zags (Scrambling Grade 1), the Bad Step to reach the col beneath Stob Coire Sgreamhach (Scrambling Grade 1), and the descent from the end of Beinn Fhada to the floor of the Lost Valley (requiring careful route finding, though not technically difficult). A demanding expedition in winter (Winter Grade 3).

      This walk makes an anti-clockwise circuit of the valley starting off towards Aonach Gearr and the Zig-Zag route. Set in the spiritual heartland of the magnificent Highlands of Scotland, this must surely be one of the best mountain ridge walks in the world. It has just the right balance between ease of movement and technical difficulty, between challenge and intimidation, exposure and danger, mountain grandeur and desolation, wildness and wilderness. Even though technical difficulties are reasonably low (two short, easy Scrambling Grade 1 sections) it will test your mountain mettle.

      Comment: In a sea of rugged mountains and great steeps, this is one of the most powerfully impressive outings in the British mountains. Despite its formidable appearance, the nose of Gearr Aonach, up the Lost Valley face, is breached by an interlinking series of natural diagonal ledges, known as the Gearr Aonach Zig-Zags. These provide the key to its ascent, unlocking a masterly traverse of the high ridges encircling the Lost Valley. Impressive as they are, in point of fact they are merely the gable end, so to speak, of three great ridges which run to the highest mountain of the region, the mighty Bidean nam Bian.

      Accommodation

      Nestling in the very heart of Glencoe, amongst the spectacular and majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands, Clachaig Inn has been a source of accommodation and hospitality for travellers for over three hundred years. The Clachaig Inn has a total of 23 bedrooms, each and every one having en suite facilities. The accommodation offers a choice of double, twin and family rooms, some with bath, and all with shower and toilet facilities.

      Itinerary

      Day 1

      Arrive Friday evening at Glasgow Airport. Transfer to Clachaig Inn, Glencoe for evening meal followed by a briefing on the trip

      Day 2

      Saturday: Mountain Walking

      Day 3

      Sunday: Mountain Walking

      Day 4

      After breakfast transfer back to Glasgow Airport for return flight home.

      Dates and Prices Info

      Dates we intend to run this event are shown below. Alternatively, we may also be able to offer this package during weekdays on alternative dates - please advise your preferred dates when you forward your booking request.

      Group size: 2-8 people

      What's Included?

      • 3 night's dinner, bed & breakfast
      • Packed lunches
      • Experienced mountaineering instructor
      • Transfer to and from Glasgow Airport
      • Daily transfers at start/end of walks
      • 2 x fully guided day walks
      • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

      Not Included

      • Flights

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