Cioch Hillwalking Club - Dunfermline
Day Trips - Overnight Trips - Bothies - Wild Camping
Some of our members are hoping to accelerate their quest to complete the Munros. Given the hills that are left tend to be further away then this will mean longer days, overnight trips and also the use of bothies and tents. We will be making sure we get the best return from the weekend club meets too.
The notes below are the result of a planning session that took place on Thursday 9th January at The Glen Tavern. The days described are not advertised as “club meets” but a collection of ambitions for 2020. We welcome those who wish to join us but please be be sure that you have the fitness, experience and equipment to attempt these as the majority are not suitable for beginners.
The best way to find out more is to come along to the Glen Tavern on a Thursday night. Drop us an email so we know you are coming.
Winter conditions mean that many planned days end up in failure. The eagerly awaiting MWIS forecast doesn’t always provide the news we want. However, if the weather does provide us with a window then we are going to head to the top of Glen Shiel and attempt a trio.
|Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Carn Ghluasaid and Sail Chaorainn||Glen Shiel||Club Meet Walk|
|Drive from the Bunkhouse at the Roundhouse to the top of Glenshiel to tackle the three hills to the north before the Cluanie Inn.
Full winter equipment will be required. We will only attempt is the weather and hill conditions allow.
March should still be considered winter in terms of mountaineering in Scotland. However the days are longer and we can start to consider some bigger days on the hill. We have pencilled in a trip to climb the two most northern munros and also to conquer the neighbour’s of Ben Nevis.
|Ben Hope & Ben Klibreck||Sutherland||Overnight, Bunkhouse/B&B. Early March||Weekend trip. Early start to Ben Hope, overnight at Tongue Bunkhouse, Ben Klibreck on way home Sunday.|
|Aonach Mhor and Aonach Beag||Glen Nevis||Club Meet Walk|
Ochils Hut, Crianlarich. Sat 21st March
|Day Trip from Crianlarich. 7-8hr walk|
|Beinn Mhanach||Bridge of Orchy||Club Meet Walk|
Ochils Hut, Crianlarich. Sun 22nd March
|Bike Hike from Auch. Need to arrange in relatively dry period as rivers may be impassible in spate.|
April sees the club return to the Sligachan Bunkhouse in Skye. We have not included any walks for the weekend as they will evolve by those attending the meet. However we do want to venture into the remote wilderness of Ben Alder in late April.
|Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil||Loch Ericht||Bike Hike. Late April.||Cycle in from Dalwhinnie to Culra. 1.5hrs cycle, 6-7hr walk, cycle out.|
The club is staying at Saddle Mountain Hostel in early May. This affords the opportunity to reach literally dozens of Munros – from the Nevis range up to Glen Shiel. Another trip is to cycle in to Loch Ossian from Laggan to do a couple of very remote hill. It i susual to approach these by taking the train to Corrour Station but we fancy a cycle in from the north.
|Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg||Loch Assian||Overnight||Cycle in from Laggan (24km). Stay night in Loch Ossian YH. Cycle out next day.|
Long days afford us the luxury of big ambitions. The club will visit an old favourite bunkhouse at Achnasheen which gives access to Torridon. Also, a few of us are planning to tackle the Glen Affric ridge over two days at the tail end of June.
|Torridon Hills, Loch Monar Hills||Torridon||Club Meet Inver Croft, Achnasheen|
|Club Meet in amazing location near Achnasheen. If weather is good there will be a trip to Beinn Eighe in Glen Torridon.
Meet opens in February.
|Glen Affric Munros||Glen Affric||Overnight wild camp. Late June||Charter Boat on Loch Mullardoch, 35km and 8 munros over two days|
Another couple of big days planning for July. The gates at Glen Strathfarrar don’t get unlocked until 9am, even then the estate owners restrict the number of cars allowed up the road each day. However this is all rewarded with a fantastic round of 4 munros.
The Mullardoch Circuit is renowned as one of the classic hill days. Lots of ascent with either a long walk in or a long walk out.
|Strathfarrar Munros||Strathfarrar||Day trip|
Bike Hike, Early July
|Early start to be at gate for before 9am.|
|Mullardoch Munros||Glen Cannich||Overnight Camp, Late July||Plan to travel up the night before to camp prior to a long day walking the 4 Mullardoch hills.|
Some interesting adventures planned for August. The club are returning to Rum where we have the opprtunity to walk the Red Cuilin Ridge. A big day in the Cairngorms and also a long drive into the depths of Glen Dessary.
|Red Cuilin Ridge||Isle of Rum||Club Meet, Kinloch Bunkhouse,|
Isle of Rum
31st July to 3rd Aug
|Devil’s Point, Angels Peak and Cairn Toul||Cairngorm||Bike Hike (although perhaps a night in a bothy to make two shorter days)||Cycle to Derry Lodge from Linn of Dee. Walk to Corrour Bothy and do loop. Long Day!|
|Glen Dessary 3||Glen Dessary||Bothy Night||Change to stay at a bothy in GLen Dessary prior to a circuit of three of the remote hills.|
The details of the club meet for September has still to be released but one we know we will be looking at options. However we are hoping to fit the classic Ring of Steall in before the threat of winter weather.
|Ring of Steall||Glen Nevis||Day trip, late September||Long Day|