Glen Shiel, Lochaber
Friday 22nd until Monday 25th September 2017
This is a level 3 walk in some of the remotest and beautiful scenery in the West Highlands. By waiting until this time of year, we should minimise the impact of the dreaded midge! This walk covers the route I did with the BBC Travel Show in Spring of 2016 for the piece on Natural Navigation, presented by Benjamin Zand and shown in May 2016.
You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for this walk which is a mixture of estate paths, landrover tracks and wet bog. Previous experience of camping is not essential as we will spend time coaching you in the art. You will be carrying a rucksack, which may weigh up to 15 kg, as this will contain all your gear for the trip, including shelter, sleeping bag, food and a means to cook it. Please ensure you have the appropriate level of fitness and determination to succeed in a remote environment. Please contact me in advance of booking if you have any questions.
Day one - Walk from the Glenfinnan Monument visitor centre under the viaduct used in the Harry Potter film, past Corryhully bothy and through Glen Finnan before dropping down into Gleann Cuirnean, a distance of about 15km. Our first night will be spent camping by the river Pean.
Day two - Into Glen Dessary and across the Bealach an Lagain Duibh, past the Lochan a' Mhaim before dropping down to Sourlies bothy where, depending on how busy it is, we can overnight. If full, we will camp outside by the beach. Day two is about 18km.
Day three - From Sourlies to the ruin at Carloch before turning west and up the steep path to Mam Meadail from where we might just glimpse the first houses of Inverie in the distance. Downhill all the way now on a good path into the village of Inverie, a distance of about 15km.
From here individuals can either elect to stay the night locally, choice of accommodation is yours, either camp or stay in the bunkhouse by contacting [masked] Tel[masked] or get the last ferry from Inverie to Mallaig at 1830, which needs to be booked in advance at westernislescruises.co.uk or by calling 01687462233. Cost of a one way journey is £10.
Those electing to stay can enjoy an evening in The Old Forge pub\restaurant and take the Monday morning ferry at either 0800 or 1100.
If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.
We will meet at 1100 on Friday 22nd September 2017 in the coffee shop of the Glenfinnan visitor centre before moving vehicles to Mallaig to help with travel logistics on our return. We aim to begin the walk at 1300.
Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact.
Please contact me in advance if you have any questions or concerns.
Cost of this three day guided trip is only £120. Maximum group size is 10
Book this trip via my website at http://www.kingdomguides.co.uk/product/backpacking-expedition