Fit and Active Outdoor Activities

Winter High Tops - Beinn Maol Chaluim & Bidean nam Bian

The days will involve a high top - either a Munro or one of our finer Corbetts - so you will need to have previous hill walking experience. Once the snow gets firm enough for winter tactics to come in to play folk need to have the skills to cope with conditions.  Our Intro to Scottish winter skills course is recommended for anyone needing to learn the basics or improve rusty technique. NB - Winter hill walking is a lot more strenuous than in summer conditions so be prepared for more of a workout.

All winter High Tops are weather dependent. If there is a high avalanche risk on the slopes we’re planning to go on to we will change the route or the hill. If storm winds are blowing we may have to take in a shorter, lower hill. Occasionally we might have to cancel the activity.

Previous winter walking experience, or completion of a recent winter skills course, is an essential prerequisite for these walks.

Beinn Maol Chaluim & Bidean nam Bian

11.7km with 1360 metres of ascent

The Glen Coe hills in winter are spectacular – offering proper mountaineering experiences. This esoteric walk takes in a hidden away Corbett on the way up to the highest peak in old Argyll. It begins at the old Coe visitor centre car park then heads cross-country up the Fionn Ghleann before a steep pull onto Beinn Maol Chaluim. From here a fine broad ridge connects onto the southwest shoulder of Bidean, then onto its summit. The descent is via Coire nam Beitheach. This will be a fairly testing day on the hill.

If the Glen Etive road is free of snow and ice we might begin in Glen Etive and come back over Stob Coire Sgreamhach – giving us a bonus Munro - which is actually a wee bit shorter but with a bit more height gain.

Outdoor Activities Base

Bothkennar Hub, Main Street, Skinflats, FK2 8NU

01324 506846


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