Summer Isles Ross & Cromarty visitor information and holiday accommodation guide. This cluster of islands at the mouth of Loch Broom has a variety of shapes and sizes offering an ideal tourist destination with there own holiday accommodation including hotels and self catering...
Visitor information for Glen Strathfarrar which is situated situated near Loch Ness it is named from the River Farrar, which runs through the glen, and which derives from the Pictish var, and was known to the Romans as Varrar. There is ample hospitality and holiday accommodation on offer in the...
Suilven Geolocation Latitude 58.1000° N Longitude -5.1333° W
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Who is to say which is the most famous mountain in Scotland? But the visitor to Suilven will have no doubt as to which is the most...
Talisker is located in Inverness-shire it is the name of the bay and district, and a distillery on Skye.
The distillery is operated by Diageo, and is marketed as part of their Classic Malts series.
Talisker Geolocation Logitude 57.3023° Latitude N, -6.3567° W
Postcode IV47 8SR
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Along this famous route discover some of the most famous malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, historic distilleries and world-renowned brands of Malt Whisky.
Take your time as you explore famous sights and distilleries, in the Highlands, It’s an ideal road trip for bikers, hikers, driving...
North coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle, it has been dubbed Scotland’s answer to the renowned ‘Route 66.
The route is also known as the NC500 it was launched in 2014, linking many features in the north Highlands of...
In and around Tomatin are a range of holiday accommodation on offer to suit all budgets in hotels, B and B and self catering etc.
Tomatin Latitude 57.3358° N Longitude -3.9922° W
Tomatin Postcode IV13
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Muck Geolocation Latitude 56.835812 Longitude -6.238433
Muck Post Code PH41
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Muck is an Island of Invernss-Shire, it is the smallest of the 'Small Isles' group in the Inner Hebrides, the others being Canna, Eigg...
Struie Hill Geolocation Latitude 57.8500° N Longitude -4.2167° W
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Struie Hill, Ross and Cromarty overlooks the Dornoch Firth, and the inland road from Evanton to Bonar Bridge passing over it...
Quiraing Latitude Geolocation 57.643611 Longitude: -6.265278
Quiraing Postcode Area IV51
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Quiraing is a collection of rocks on Skye. This remarkable indeed fantastic, conglomeration of rock-pinnacle...
Rassal Latitude Geolocation 57.424625 Longitude -5.596282
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Rassal Ross and Cromarty, One of the few nutural or semi-nutural ashwoods in Britain and certainly the most northerly....
Meikle Ferry Geolocation Latitude 57.85264° N Longitude -4.14292° E
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Meikle Ferry between Ross and Cromarty and Sutherland.
This ferry across the Dornoch Firth from a long spit of land 5 miles north west of...
Ben Nevis Latitude: 56.7969° N Longitude: 5.0036° W
Ben nevis is close to the end of the West Highland Way at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. The summit, at 1,344 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level The Nevis Range is one of the premier visitor attractions within the Highlands, offering visitors a truly unique experience no matter what time of the year you visit, Situated in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the gondola ride has a truly stunning backdrop with some of the most spectacular views that you will witness throughout the Highlands!! boasting the longest and most challenging ski runs in the UK there is enough terrain to keep all standards of skier happy.
There are two ski centres – both very different in character, though small by European comparisons, they offer skiing for all standards from beginner to expert. Scotland is a great place to learn to ski and both centres have facilities for complete beginners or those who just want to brush up on their skills You can hire skis or a board and take lessons with our friendly English-speaking instructors.
The Nevis Range is the newest ski resort in Scotland, with a wide range of slopes for all abilities and the expanse of the Back Corries, it’s truly a modern resort by contrast, Glencoe is the oldest ski area in Scotland, but it boasts some really good varied terrain, both resorts offer snowboard hire but be early on weekends to avoid queues. If it's your first time on a snowboard or you need a refresher course you'll be in safe hands, instructors are all professional BASI trained. BASP-trained teams of patrollers are always on hand with free medical attention at both resorts.
Conditions in the Scottish mountains can vary considerably - and the wind chill can make 0c feel like – 8c so always be prepared and consider your layering and outerwear carefully. Though we're not that high up, the ski centres and the surrounding mountains have proper ‘winter weather’, so, conditions aren’t always predictable and you have to be prepared for anything. The downside of this unpredictable weather is that you sometimes can’t ski for a day or two. The upside is that we usually get snow well into April. You can find real winter skiing conditions here when it is spring everywhere else, other activites you can also enjoy, walking, horse riding, ski-mountaineering equipment lets you travel up hills, along flat plateaux and down the steepest slopes, to climb up hills, the heel binding is released to allow the boot to hinge at the toe, then gripping skins are stuck to the bases of the skis to provide traction, once you master the knack of a rhythmical gliding walk, uphill travel becomes relatively easy, before you know it, you’re at the summit! Then remove the skins and fix the heels down – this turns your skis into modern Alpine downhill skis ready for the thrill of the descent! Snow regularly covers the hills down to very low altitudes in Lochaber but often with little warning! If there is a good cover down to the road you can traverse whole ranges of hills without ever taking your skis off.
There are some very high access points that makes it easy to reach the snowline, if snow is restricted to the tops the two local ski areas, Glencoe and Nevis Range, give easy access to the summits Scottish winter climbing is a unique combination of climbing style, variable conditions, weather and spectacular scenery – all within reach of a warm hotel in town! Snow and ice climbing is very demanding on your skill, stamina and equipment. But the rewards are high.
Scottish winter climbing is pure adventure! From classic gullies, snowed-up rock climbs to water-ice and thin face snow-ice climbs or a mixed climb, Steep snow slopes lead up to all winter climbs, these require good judgement of the avalanche risk. Snow conditions are reported daily through the Scottish Avalanche Information Service but it’s essential to constantly monitor the weather and stability of the snow, you need to navigate precisely to descend safely after your climb. The sometimes harsh and very changeable winter weather can easily catch out even the most experienced climbers – but it is also what makes our unique climbing conditions! At the start of the winter, with a covering of snow and a good freeze, mixed climbs in Glencoe and the Grey Corries are the best options. as the freeze continues, watercourses and low-level streams freeze up – creating great water-ice climbs. The January storms bring frequent thaw-and-freeze cycles that leave snow in the gullies and on the faces, transforming them into perfect snow-ice climbs. February could be the most reliable month to ensure a good cover of snow and ice and a good range of possible climbs. Late in the season, after all the lower hills have thawed out, Ben Nevis comes into its own. Its unique thin-face-ice climbs are known around the world as some the best climbs anywhere!
BEN NEVIS, (Gaelic for ‘Mountain of Heaven’) It is 4,406 ft high, and is the highest mountain in the British Isles, set at the base in Fort William, the nearest town, on the southern edge of the Great Glen Offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation making Fort William a good starting point to explore.
From one side Ben Nevis slopes gently to near sea level, Even on this fairly easy route the climber is strongly advised not to make the ascent in winter and or in bad conditions, as the conditions can become uncertain from the sea with its warm gulf stream being in line with the summit of the mountain.
There are two Munros listed in the Munros Table both of which are called Càrn Dearg ("red hill").
The higher of these, at 4,006ft, is situated to the northwest.
The other Càrn Dearg 1,020m it juts out into Glen Nevis on the mountain's south western side.
A lower hill, Meall an t-Suidhe 2,333ft, is located further west, forming a saddle with Ben Nevis which contains a small loch Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe,a popular tourist path from Glen Nevis skirts the side of this hill before ascending Ben Nevis' broad western flank. There is a bridle track from Achintee in Glen Nevis, this route up and down and can take up to eight hours.
The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano features the ruins of a Observatory it was established on the summit in October 1883. but was abandoned in 1904. The meteorological data collected during this period are still important for understanding Scottish mountain weather today.
To the north east face of Ben Nevis is the most extensive cliff in UK The upper section is rough and very stony; it is often snow covered and lose the line of the path easily leading onto dangerous terrain - navigational skills are needed. as with any mountain walk.
Any ascent when snow is lying on the path requires winter equipment and skills always prepare, research and communicate with the appropriate agencies before any activities especially when attempting any mountain, hill or Munro climbing it could save your life and that of others.
Geal Charn is the western most of the Monadh Liath and so far from the other three Munros that it is usually ascended on its own. Its eastern corrie is attractive, it is the nearest of the Monadhliath summits to Aviemore, it offers a straightforward ascent in good conditions with superb views across Strathspey. Gael Charn and A'Mharconaich are the two most northerly Munros on the west side of the road, and lie between the A9 itself and the long arm of Loch Ericht, stretching back into the wilds of the Ben Alder Forest. The walk starts at the car park at a height of 425m, just off the access road to Balsporran Cottages, then crossing the railway line you follow the obvious track that leads up to the bealach, Gael Charn's stony summit has a fine viewpoint, especially into the interior, away from the A9. The onward path leads generally south west then south to the bealach reached by your starting track: and then you make your way up the flank of A'Mharconaich. When you reach the summit of A'Mharconaich the path then steeply but easily follows downhill, along the north east ridge, this can get pretty boggy at certain times of the year, when you reach the ridge itself, it branches off to the main track and takes a fairly direct route up to and along the east ridge of Gael Charn, while this provides a viable route up, a reasonably defined path then takes you backdown to Balsporran Cottages and to the car park.
Sron a' Choire Ghairbh Latitude: 57.007889 Longitude: -4.928805
As you drive along the A82 north of Spean Bridge, Sron a'Choire Ghairbh and Meall na Teanga dramatically come into view. They stand high and imposing above Loch Lochy and are accessed by Kilfinnan on the other side of Laggan Locks, here you will find forestry tracks that make for rapid and easy walk to the lower slopes of these Munros
Fine stalkers paths take over and continue to just below the summits, from where navigation is fairly straightforward. Immediately behind these hills and hidden from the A82 are several smaller hills with fine views, including Ben Tee, a fine Corbett with great views. To cycle across the bridge over Kilfinnan Burn,go through a gate and into forestry land. Beyond this the track splits by a phone mast, keep right and cycle for another 2km to a bridge over the Allt Glas Dhoire. Leave bikes here, and start up on a path marked by a small cairn and sign-post at the track-side. The path is steep at first as it heads through forest. As it exits the forest, the path then follows the Allt Glas Dhoire up to the bealach separating Sron a'Choire Ghairbh and Meall na Teanga. This peat-bogged col is crossed by a line of fence posts. It doesn't matter in which order the two Munros are bagged, but for some reason. Turn right and follow a fine stalker's path zig-zagging its way up Sron a'Choire Ghairbh's southern side. The path then fades into the grass, just head north and continue uphill to attain the crest above Coire Garbh.Turn left north-west, follow the edge of the coire up to the small summit cairn. These along with alternative routes up the Munros are accessed from the 'Mile Dorcha' and the Eas Chia-aig.
Meall na Teanga Latitude 56.989111 Longitude -4.930944
Meall na Teanga (917m) on the northwest side of Loch Lochy. Meall na Teanga is accessed from the north via Kilfinnan, and from the south at Clunes or Cia-aig (by Loch Arkaig) Take the minor road along the northwest side of the Caledonian Canal to Kilfinnan farm. It is possible to drive as far as the locked forestry gates about three-quarters of a mile beyond the end of the sealed road. From here walk (or cycle) about one and a half miles along the forest road (ignoring the left fork which the Great Glen Way takes soon after the gates), then turn right onto a small track which heads steeply up into the trees. Once out of the forest the track continues to climb steadily up to the Cam Bhealach. To ascend Meall na Teanga, head uphill south from the bealach, skirting around the side of Meall Dubh, to reach a saddle between it and Meall na Teanga. From here climb southwest up to Meall na Teanga's northern ridge, and turn south along it to the summit. (Allow an hour to reach here from Sron a' Choire Ghairbh.) Return by the same route.
Mhaighdean Latitude 57.719609 Longitude: -5.348044
These seven Munros lie in the heart of one of the most remote areas of Scotland, with A'Mhaighdean lying further from a main road than any other Munro in the country.
To bag the 5 Munros in Fisherfield (with Beinn a'Chlaidheimh, affectionately known as the "Big 6"), most people back-pack into Shenavall and tick the peaks off over two days, leaving An Teallach to be climbed another day. It is however perfectly possible for fit hill-walkers to do all seven Munro peaks in one outing. This will require the classic scramble over Corrage Bhuidhe to be omitted. However this is compensated for, by finding a huge, hidden waterfall cascading into a dark chasm on the south side of An Teallach. Good paths are present along most of the route and a fine track is followed out of the area at the end of the day. Head south-west from Ruadh Stac Mor's summit over bouldery ground.Look for some cairns and pick up a faint path to the edge of some steep ground. The path turns left, scramble down the loose sandstone to the bealach at 750m and pick up an obvious path coming the north-west. This path crosses the bealach (look out for the 'shelter stone'), becoming fainter, then obvious again, then starts to climb up the steep grassy ground to the flat summit, just north of A'Mhaighdean. Reach this, then head south-south-west over fine gravel for 350m to the summit. This is a superb remote location to stop and take time to enjoy the views all around. It should be noted that where there are no paths, well-honed navigation skills are essential for progress in mist, particularly when heading off A'Mhaighdean and the route between Sgurr Ban and Beinn a'Chlaidheimh.
This is quite a short day, and if you are lucky enough to have good visibility, the ridge gives a good vantage point to see over to the long South Glen Shiel ridge just to the North. At the car park at the bottom of Allt Coire Peitireach, start to head up a clear stalker's footpath as it winds it's way up the ridge, over the subsidiary summit at 840m before continuing round on to the summit of Gleouraich. Head Westward from here along the well-defined ridge, offering a good vantage point to see over to the long South Glen Shiel ridge. There are a couple of subsidiary summits along the way, but it should be straightforward to identify the summit of Spidean Mialach There is a path that takes you off Spidean Mialach, but you need to basically to head directly South-West off the mountain. Once on the other side there is an obvious path that you back down to the road and comes out just before the starting point.
Sgurr a' Mhaoraich Latitude 57.105555 Longitude -5.330555
This munro has a height of 1027m (3369ft) it has steep rocky flanks with a complex series of ridges and corries. The munro is most commonly climbed from the shores of Loch Quioch to the south and is a fairly short easy climb that gets better the higher you get. The route is on a stalkers path from Sgurr a'Mhaoraich's southern side leading up the Bac nan Canaichean ridge to the subsidiary top of Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallac continuing onto the summit over rugged terrain. The descent is on the southern ridge which is more uneven and rugged than the ascent.
Glen Shee West starts at Blair Atholl to Braemar it is located at the the west mouth, It is bounded on the west by the Minigaig Pass, an historic right of way between Blair Atholl and Glen Tromie and on the east by the A93 road from Glen Shee to Braemar. The northern boundary is the line of the River Dee westwards from Braemar up Glen Geldie to the head of Glen Feshie. Another important feature of this area is Glen Tilt, which carves a deep trench through the heart of the mountains and is also the line of an historic right of way. As a whole this area is characterised by rounded hills and extensive tracts of high moors, and only Beinn a' Ghole among the hills is distinctive enough to be recognised from a distance. On the north-west side of Glen Tilt there is an extensive area of rounded hills extending northwards beyond the Tarf Water to the head of Glen Feshie. Beinn Dearg and Carn Chlamain are in the southern part of this area, lying about 10 kilometres north of Blair Atholl and fairly accessible from there. North of them, Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch are the highest points in the very remote tract of rounded hills in the wild land where the headwaters of the Feshie, Geldie and Tarf burns have their sources. The south-east side of Glen Tilt is dominated by the great range of Beinn a' Ghlo, whose several peaks and corries make this the finest mountain massif in the south-west part of the Mounth between Blair Atholl and Braemar. To its north, and accessible from Spittal of Glenshee, is Glas Tulaichean, a large sprawling hill far up Glen Lochsie, and behind it in the mountain hinterland Carn an Righ is another very remote hill. To their north, Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac rise at the head of Glen Ey and are most easily accessible up that glen from Inverey on the River Dee. To their east, and lying just west of the A93 road at its highest point between Glen Shee and Braemar, are The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda, two hills whose flanks are scarred by the ski tows and snow fences of the Glen Shee ski centre. They are probably the two easiest to climb. Hidden between them and the head of Glen Ey are two more retiring hills, Socach and Carn a' Gheoidh, which are also most easily reached from the A93 road.
Creag MeCreag Meagaidh is a mountain on the northern side of Glen spean in Scotland, it is the complete mountain experience, with Munro summits, an exposed whaleback ridge and ice carved gullies. The starting point is from the Scottish Natural Heritage car park off the A86 From the wild and windswept mountain plateau to a woodland forest it feels like the Highlands have been compressed into one nature reserve. Rare mountain plants like woolly willow and highland saxifrage battle against the elements, whilst black grouse flourish in the combination of woodland and open moorland. Creag Meagaidh is the complete mountain experience.
Bruach na Frithe Latitude 57.246667 Longitude -6.210278
Bruach na Frithe is the easiest Munro summit on the Cuillin Ridge, with one of the best view points. One of Britain's only true mountain range, not too difficult for a competent hill walker, depending on the weather. Unless you are skilled and experienced, do not attempt this walk. The summit, which has the only trig point on the ridge, is 958m high, The bealach is worth the climb You can see the view south, into and over Lotta Coire, to Bla Bheinn, Elgol and Rum, and the massive summit of Am Basteir (The Executioner' in English) A few yards north takes you onto the ridge leading out to Sgurr a' Bhasteir, from where you get a great view of Sgurr nan Gillean's Pinnacle Ridge. To your right at the head of the corrie is Sgurr a' Fionn Choire, and Bruach na Frithe itself. take the level path running along the back wall of Fionn Choire, below the peak of Sgurr a' Fionn Choire. This leads to the east ridge of Bruach na Frithe and a clear and straightforward path to the summit. To return back down follow the same route, although on a good day you can follow the north-west ridge down to the foot of Fionn Choire.
Ben Lui is the highest and most famous of a group of four Munros that lie south of Glen_Lochy Glen Lochy and about 10 km north of the top end of Loch Lomond. The other three peaks in the group are Beinn a' Chleibh Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig.
Mount Keen Starting point Car park in Glen Esk The climb from Glen Esk via Glen Mark is the shortest route up Mount Keen. The most easterly of the Munros is a dome rising above vast swathes of empty, bleak moorland, with extensive views on a good day.