Hard: Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean

  • November 24, 2012 · 6:00 AM
  • Botanic Gardens

The Mamores feature quite highly in my list of favourite places to walk in Scotland, but it's been a while since I last visited. It's time to correct that oversight! The plan is to climb Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean, two Munros at the east end of the Mamores. The exact route we'll follow will be dependant on the weather conditions on the day, but it will be broadly similar to the route described by WalkHighlands.

  • Grade : Hard at a moderate pace (See below)
  • Distance: 14km
  • Ascent: 1250m
  • Time: approximately seven to nine hours
  • Après-walk: The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe


Please read our Participation Statement

This walk has been graded as a Hard walk, however, we will be walking at a moderate pace. The intention is to walk as a group, so faster walkers should bear this in mind when signing up.

If there is snow on the hills, this walk will not be suitable for anyone who does not have previous winter walking experience.

Please remember that you are responsible for deciding if this walk is suitable for you, coming adequately prepared and looking after yourself on the walk. If we think the walk is is not suitable for you or you do not seem to have the right equipment, we reserve the right to refuse to let you join, for your's and the group's safety and comfort.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

Clothing & Equipment

You must ensure that you come adequately prepared for this walk.

A recommended gear list can be found on the MCofS website.

If there is snow on the hills, you should treat this as a winter walk, and ensure that you come suitably equipped, including crampons and an ice axe.

Please don't forget to bring a map with a note of the route description and a compass.

Weather Forecast

Please make sure you check the weather forecast before you come.

If the weather looks really bad, I may decide to cancel or do an alternative walk - this will be discussed before hand.

Lifts / Meetup Time

We will meet at the Botanic Gardens at 6am. If you need a lift or can offer space in your car, please indicate this when you RSVP. If you're meeting at the Botanics, there is no need to arrange a lift in advance - car sharing will be organised there and then.

If you would like to meet at the start of the walk (see the route description above), please be there for 7:45am. If you're going straight to the start, please indicate this on your RSVP.

If you need a lift from somewhere other than the Botanic Gardens, please use the comments below to arrange this.

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  • Udo

    Excellent day out and a brilliant winter walk. Thank you Ewan for the walk and Al for the lift.

    December 3, 2012

  • Pascaline

    First come, first served basis!??? It is clearly not the case, here, Ewan! A manual waiting system setting, such as as the one you are using, is unfair and awkward and to my eyes, has no purpose whatsoever but to make group member life more difficult unnecessarily .....People should automaticaly be shifted from the waiting list to the attending list :(

    November 20, 2012

    • Pascaline

      Cheers ;)

      November 27, 2012

    • Pascaline

      Oops! ...People , on a waiting list are expected to verify their status, frequently. If I may suggest, members of the Attendees list ought to confirm attendance, within delay (TBD by organiser) casually, prior to event taking place, on the RSVP comment section, to validate their space on the event. People that wish not to clarify their status, with regards to confirmation of attendance to event, agree/accept, therefore, to offer their meet up place to the next people, in the waiting list, automatically and vise-versa!???

      November 27, 2012

  • Joanne H.

    fab day out - great views, fantastic group. thanks Ewan for organizing and Al for driving :)

    November 25, 2012

  • Toddy W.

    great day out, lots of snow and amazing views. cheers Ewan!

    November 25, 2012

  • Eimear

    Wonderful day out and great company. Very well organised and Ewan even managed to organise those amazing views. Thanks everyone and thanks for posting the photos!

    November 24, 2012

  • Steve G.

    Great day out!

    November 24, 2012

  • Toddy W.

    see you all tomorrow at 6am :)

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh oups sorry apologies. I'm obviously very new to the system. I've been really eager to go and do some walks in Scotland. I'm only ehre until the 15th of December and wanted to gte as much done so jumped in on the opportunity. If I took somebody's place or somethign then I will pull out I'm really sorry. The system wasn't clear. It did state first in first served,... didn't quite understand the purpose of the 'waiting list'. Let me know then if I took somebody elses' place. I will pull out. Again apologies

    November 23, 2012

  • Ewan

    Hey folks,
    The weather forecast for Saturday is still looking good, so barring any last minute changes, we're off to the Mamores. Please make sure that you check the weather forecast yourself though - what I consider to be good, may not be what you consider to be good!

    Not sure about snow conditions. There was snow forecast today and more tomorrow and Saturday, but the Glencoe webcams don't show much lower down. I'd assume that there will be snow higher up so I still think that full winter gear should still be taken up.

    For those who get a lift up, don't forget to bring some petrol money for your driver.

    Please be at the Botanics on time on Saturday. I'll wait for a few minutes for late comers, but I'd rather not!

    If anyone wants my number, drop me an email and I'll send it to you.


    November 22, 2012

  • Ewan

    Hey folks,

    The long range weather forecast for Saturday is looking good and hopefully will stay like that. There is snow forecast this week so I think it's safe to assume that this should be treated as a winter walk. As it says in the description, you need to have previous winter walking experience to join this walk and you will need to have all the necessary kit (crampons, ice axe, warm clothes, goggles, etc; - http://www.mcofs.org.uk/clothingandequipment.asp ).

    In terms of lifts, Alastair, if you're happy to come into the West End, then we have enough lifts for everyone who has asked for one. Al, Daryl, I don't know what your transport arrangements are, but it would be helpful if you could let me know.

    Nicky, you appear to be on two walks on Saturday. Could you please take your name off one or the other.

    For those of you on the waiting list, you'll get notified if any spaces open up - they're available on a first come, first served basis.

    Any questions, just shout.

    November 19, 2012

    • Steve G.

      I mean lift...

      November 22, 2012

    • Ewan

      Steve, as Al says, we'll sort out lifts at the Botanics. So long as you've said in advance whether you can offer a lift or if you need one, then it's all good. If the meetup description wasn't clear about that, let me know.

      November 22, 2012

  • Al


    I can drive and offer lifts, or be driven if spaces are available.

    November 19, 2012

    • Al

      Steve, I don't have any spare life's I used them up a while back. They usually sort out who is driving and car sharing etc. at the pick up point on the day.

      November 22, 2012

    • Steve G.

      lol, nice one! For further giggles I also put left instead of lift in another post below!

      November 22, 2012

  • Steve G.

    Anyone got space for a wee one? happy to contribute to fuel costs?

    November 21, 2012

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