• Ben Lomond in reverse

    Queen's View Car park, near Auchengillan

    I'm going to be doing the classic route up Ben Lomond as described by Walk Highlands but in reverse! I think it works better that way. Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. Please note this is a Munro so not to be sniffed at and it's 990 meters of ascent with 12 km/7.5m of distance. Full details can be found here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/ben-lomond.shtml TERRAIN Clear path with some rocky sections on the upwards ascent. As with all mountain walks, full hill walking clothing and equipment must be carried, even in summer. Walk Highlands suggest[masked] hours in total, I am a slow walker and want to stop for a lunch break so block out 6 hours just in case. Please bring waterproofs, water/hot drinks, lunch & treats and even hat & gloves as we don't know what the weather will be like and need to be prepared in any eventuality. Naturally you'll need good walking boots and anyone who doesn't come in proper kit won't be taken - this is a Munro after all. I will be driving from Edinburgh (Leith) and happy to take three passengers en-route. I'll be leaving at 7.30am as it's about two hours to get there. There will definately be a coffee stop on the way back if you come with me! I shall be bringing Kirrie, a very well behaved but energetic working cocker spaniel.

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  • Ben Lawers & Beinn Ghlas

    Ben Lawers car park

    Ben Lawers - the tenth highest Munro - is the culminating point of the sprawling range of mountains on the north side of Loch Tay. Its great height is undermined by a high level car park to begin the ascent, and this is one of the most popular hills in Scotland. A second Munro - Beinn Ghlas - is crossed en-route and is barely noticed by many. TERRAIN Clear path to summit but remember this walk is at a high level and is very exposed to bad weather. Expected time is approx 4-6 hours depending on lunch stops, weather etc. Appropriate walking gear and all-weather clothing should be worn/taken with you. Bring food/water for the day. Coffee stop in Killin on way back likely. I'll have my dog Ace (terrier) and also Fergus (Labrador).

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  • Ben Venue from Loch Achray

    Car Park

    Copied from Amanda's same walk in December... Ben Venue may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. TERRAIN Good forest tracks and paths to the tree-line, then a very boggy path to the col and a final rocky path to the summits. This hike is not to be sniffed at as it is a 14km hill walk with 725m of ascent which is likely to take 5-6 hours. Full details about the route can be found here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/ben-venue.shtml What to bring: Full walking gear inc proper boots, waterproofs, hat, gloves, plenty of food, water and a hot drink as well as lunch and any snacks you may need for yourself and your dog. This is a big day out on the hills so please come prepared. There's still a good chance of wintry conditions near the summit. Coffee stop afterwards in Callander. I will be bringing my own dog, Ace (a seasoned hill-walking terrier) and also Fergus, a very sweet, but 'still-in-training' Labrador - meaning I'll spend a fair bit of time working with him during the walk.

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  • Ben Venue from Loch Achray

    Car Park

    Ben Venue may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. TERRAIN Good forest tracks and paths to the tree-line, then a very boggy path to the col and a final rocky path to the summits. This hike is not to be sniffed at as it is a 14km hill walk with 725m of ascent which is likely to take 5-6 hours. If you decide to book after Friday 5pm please text me as I don't get Meet Up on my phone. My number is:[masked]. Many thanks. Full details about the route can be found here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/ben-venue.shtml What to bring: At this time of year a head torch please plus full walking gear inc proper winter boots, waterproofs, hat, gloves, plenty of food, water and a hot drink as well as lunch and any snacks you may need for yourself and your dog. This is a big day out on the hills so please come prepared. Anyone without appropriate kit will be left behind! I intend to conclude the expedition with a coffee stop in Callander probably at Mhor on the high street. I will be leaving Edinburgh (Leith) at 7.30am sharp and heading straight there. Naturally I will be bringing Kirrie, a very energetic but well behaved working cocker spaniel with me.

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  • Two Pentlands hills by 10.30am!

    The Steading bar

    A two hour hike (approximately) up Caerketton and Allermuir hills which are the nearest peaks to Edinburgh in the Pentlands range. This walk ascends by the ski-slopes of the Midlothian Snowsports centre and returns the other side of the ski centre. The total distance is 6km and ascent/descent is 385 meters. I will be going for for a coffee after if anyone wishes to join me and bask in the feel good factor of some serious exercise by 10.30am! Please note I will be bringing Kirrie, a working cocker spaniel and a friend who is a keen walker. What to bring: You will need to wear multiple layers of warm & waterproof clothing and have proper walking boots - trainers will not do! I suggest an insulated fleece and jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves & mittens. You will need a rucksack to carry your water and waterproofs etc and any hot drinks/snacks you want to take. Important to know: Please note anyone without appropriate walking boots and clothing with waterproofs will not be taken - this walk has a very steep ascent and is completely exposed on the top ridge so there is no protection from the weather - whatever we get! I will be leaving sharp at 8.30am so please be on time - many thanks.

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  • Ben Cleuch Circular

    Upper Mill Street

    If you missed Anna's Ben Cleuch circular, then this is your chance to do it! According to Walk Highlands Ben Cleuch is the highest of the Ochils and one of the most popular hillwalks in Central Scotland. There are many possible routes of ascent; ours ascends via the popular path up The Law before descending over Ben Ever and then steeply back down into the dramatic Mill Glen. It's approximately 4-6 hours inc brief stops for lunch and a picture or two, but our speed depends on walkers and I'm not fast! Please remember to wear and bring full walking gear, waterproofs, hat, gloves, water, lunch, hot drinks and any snacks for the dogs. It's completely exposed so if the weather turns against us we haven't any protection. The forecast for this area is reasonable; 19 degrees with sunny intervals and no rain. I will be leaving Edinburgh (Leith specifically) at 7.45am and happy to give lifts (3 max). Please text me if you book after Friday as I won't be logging in and don't always get Meet Up stuff on my phone. My mobile is:[masked]. I will definately be stopping for a coffee on the return journey!

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  • East & West Lomond Hills with a waterfall

    Campbells Coffee House

    This is one of my most favourite walks that I have done several times in different conditions. Obviously I'm hoping we get favourable weather on Sunday! The forecast for the area is predicting 15 degrees and cloudy but no rain .. well that's good enough for me. The rough plan is to meet at Campbells Coffee shop for a coffee and then head off, climbing West Lomond, East Lomond and then returning by the waterfall route back into the town. It's approximately 5 five hours inc brief stops for lunch and a picture or two, but our speed depends on walkers. Please remember to wear and bring full walking gear, waterproofs, hat, gloves, water, lunch, hot drinks and any snacks for the dogs. It's completely exposed so if the weather turns against us we haven't any protection. Here's the info I could find on it: The Lomond Hills contain two prominent peaks, West Lomond and East Lomond (or Falkland Hill) (448 m), which lie at either end of an escarpment roughly 6.5 km in length. The River Eden, one of the two primary rivers in Fife, has its source on the slopes of West Lomond. On the northern slopes of the Lomond hills, two burns run down from the plateau in impressive gorges. These are the Maspie Burn and the Arraty Burn. Maspie Den has a path running along its length to an undercut waterfall at the top, which can be accessed on the return route and is well worth seeing. I intend to conclude the expedition with another coffee at the same place and then head home. I shall be coming from Leith in Edinburgh and happy to take two/three folk, leaving at 8.30am sharp. Please msg me if you want a lift to make arrangements.

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  • Two Pentlands hills by 9am!

    The Steading bar

    A two hour hike (approximately) up Caerketton and Allermuir hills which are the nearest peaks to Edinburgh in the Pentlands range. This walk ascends by the ski-slopes of the Midlothian Snowsports centre and returns the other side of the ski centre. The total distance is 6km and ascent/descent is 385 meters. Depending on what time we get down, I may go for a coffee if anyone wishes to join me and bask in the feel good factor of some serious exercise before hitting the desk. Please note I will be bringing two dogs, Kirrie, a working cocker spaniel and Maisie a golden retriever, both full of energy and enthusiasm and very friendly. What to bring: You will need to wear multiple layers of warm & waterproof clothing and have proper walking boots - trainers will not do! I suggest an insulated fleece and jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves & mittens. You will need a rucksack to carry your water and waterproofs etc and any hot drinks/snacks you want to take. Important to know: Please note anyone without appropriate walking boots and clothing with waterproofs will not be taken - this walk has a very steep ascent and is completely exposed on the top ridge so there is no protection from the weather - whatever we get! I will be leaving sharp at 7am so please be on time - many thanks.

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  • Two Pentlands hills by 10am!

    The Steading bar

    A two hour hike (approximately) up Caerketton and Allermuir hills which are the nearest peaks to Edinburgh in the Pentlands range. This walk ascends by the ski-slopes of the Midlothian Snowsports centre and returns the other side of the ski centre. The total distance is 6km and ascent/descent is 385 meters. Depending on what time we get down, I may go for a coffee if anyone wishes to join me and bask in the feel good factor of some serious exercise before hitting the desk. Please note I will be bringing two dogs, Kirrie, a working cocker spaniel and Maisie a golden retriever, both full of energy and enthusiasm and very friendly. What to bring: You will need to wear multiple layers of warm & waterproof clothing and have proper walking boots - trainers will not do! I suggest an insulated fleece and jacket, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, balaclava, gloves & mittens. You will need a rucksack to carry your water and waterproofs etc and any hot drinks/snacks you want to take. Important to know: Please note anyone without appropriate walking boots and clothing with waterproofs will not be taken - this walk has a very steep ascent and is completely exposed on the top ridge so there is no protection from the weather - whatever we get! I will be leaving sharp at 8am so please be on time - many thanks.