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The Central Knoydart Munros

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September 2022

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About the event:

Knoydart is one of the most dramatic and unspoilt places in Scotland, inaccessible by road and home to Britain’s most remote pub. We’re here for 2 and a half days of guided hiking aiming to complete its 3 munros, Larven, Luinne Bheinn & Meall Buidhe from Barrisdale.


· Three days spent hiking into a remote area and up quiet mountains in the Western Highlands of Scotland.

· Reach superb vantage points from where vast views over Knoydart and to Skye and Kintail can be savoured.

· Opportunity to bag Knoydart’s three munros.

Day 1: Boat transfer to Barrisdale bay

We will access Knoydart’s wild and remote munros by taking a small boat to Barrisdale Bay on the north coast of the peninsula. This option is preferable to relying on the ferry from Mallaig to Inverie that is liable to cancellation depending on conditions. If conditions don’t allow access to the Bay by boat, we will take the stunning and undulating path by foot to reach the bay from the head of Loch that can be tough going when carrying a heavy pack.


On arrival we will set-up our base camp near the bothy that can act as a useful place to cook, eat. The bay sits on the southern shores of Loch Hourne, one of the most beautiful of Scotland's sea lochs with views of Beinn Sgritheall to the north, Ladhar Bheinn to the west and Luinne Bheinn and Meall Buidhe to the south and socialise in the evenings especially if the weather is unfavourable. It may be possible to sleep in the bothy for those wishing to do so, although we need to bring tents in case there isn’t enough room for us.


Day 2: Luinne Bheinn & Meall Buidhe

We will depart our base camp at sea level at about 08:30 to complete a circular walk clockwise depending on conditions. We will start by walking up a coire to an altitude of 430m alongside the river of alt an Tomain Uidhir, crossing several footbridges along the way. We will retrace our steps along this route along our route back to our base camp.


At this point we will split from the path across a mix of trails, heather and sections of pathless terrain. We will head up on slightly steeper terrain to Bachd Mhic an Tosaich, a wee col at 664m altitude. From there we will proceed to ascend up the north shoulder of Luinne Bheinn before a reasonably steep descent to Bealach a’Choire Odhair at 690m altitude. We will follow a spectacular traverse along the hill tops taking in two two further cols before reaching Meall Buidhe. We will gradually ascend its northern shoulder to an altitude of 620m before taking a steeper descent into the coire. We will follow the coire basin around before turning back towards the north east ascending 230m to rejoin the footpath leading back to the bothy. In total we will walk a distance of 16km over the course of the day and ascend 1460m, walking for a total of about 8 hours depending on pace.


Day 3: Ladhar Bheinn and back out

We will start the day by packing our camping gear ready for our return. We will head along the same path as Day 2, splitting off the path after a footbridge heading counter-clockwise on a circulate route. We will start by taking a reasonably steep ascent up to the top of Stob a’Chearcaill at 840m, where this path will flatten out before getting steeper again. We will follow the tops along another spectacular traverse to ascend the south east flank of Ladhar Bheinn. We will traverse the summit plateau, descending slightly to Stob a’Choire Odhair, its north east flank. We will descend back into the coire, rejoining the footpath to return to the bothy.


On arrival at the bothy we will assemble our things before walking along the path along the shore of the Loch Hourne back to our start point at the taking the small boat back out to Kinloch Hourn. In total we will walk a distance of 13km over the course of the day and ascend 1400m, walking for a total of about 7 hours depending on pace.

Munros:

Ladhar Bheinn (Larven) (1020m / 3,346ft)

Luinne Bheinn (939m / 3,080ft)

Meall Buidhe (946m / 3,103ft)


This trip will be guided by Nav, and you can read about him here. Photos are also Nav's!

Meeting Point:

14:00 at Kinloch Hourn Overnight Car Park

To view the rough start points on Google Maps, please click here. This will open in a separate tab.

Difficulty:

We'll need to bring everything we need for 3 days with us. There are tracks throughout the area but the terrain is rocky and rough. There will be areas where we're off piste literally finding our way through rocky outcrops. Larven has a narrow rocky ridge and is steep.

Cost:

The trip costs £269 per person and this includes the ferry fee.

Numbers:

We can take a maximum of 6.

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities section of the recommended gear list plus the wildcamping sections.

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To Book

If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions too.


To book simply click 'Register Now' and follow the instructions (or on mobile, the link below). You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.

Please ensure you've read the booking Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.

Please check carefully which tickets you are booking and for how many. We try and be flexible but of course that brings loads of options!

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