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.

chairman@cioch.co.uk

Weather has been shocking – keep an eye out for future plans.

 

February

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.

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Sgurr nan Conbhairean, Carn Ghluasaid and Sail ChaorainnGlen ShielClub Meet Walk
Roundhouse, Laggan.
February 7th
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

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. 

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Ben Hope & Ben KlibreckSutherlandOvernight, Bunkhouse/B&B. Early MarchWeekend trip. Early start to Ben Hope, overnight at Tongue Bunkhouse, Ben Klibreck on way home Sunday.
Aonach Mhor and Aonach BeagGlen NevisClub Meet Walk
Ochils Hut, Crianlarich. Sat 21st March
Day Trip from Crianlarich. 7-8hr walk
Beinn MhanachBridge of OrchyClub 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

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.

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Ben Alder and Beinn BheoilLoch ErichtBike Hike. Late April.Cycle in from Dalwhinnie to Culra. 1.5hrs cycle, 6-7hr walk, cycle out.

May

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.

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Sgor Gaibhre and Carn DeargLoch AssianOvernightCycle in from Laggan (24km). Stay night in Loch Ossian YH. Cycle out next day.

June

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.

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Torridon Hills, Loch Monar HillsTorridonClub Meet Inver Croft, Achnasheen
5th-7th June
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 MunrosGlen AffricOvernight wild camp. Late JuneCharter Boat on Loch Mullardoch, 35km and 8 munros over two days

July

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.  

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Strathfarrar MunrosStrathfarrarDay trip
Bike Hike, Early July
Early start to be at gate for before 9am.
Mullardoch MunrosGlen CannichOvernight Camp, Late JulyPlan to travel up the night before to camp prior to a long day walking the 4 Mullardoch hills.

August

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.

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Red Cuilin RidgeIsle of RumClub Meet, Kinloch Bunkhouse,
Isle of Rum
31st July to 3rd Aug
Club meet.
Devil’s Point, Angels Peak and Cairn ToulCairngormBike 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 3Glen DessaryBothy NightChange to stay at a bothy in GLen Dessary prior to a circuit of three of the remote hills.

September

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.

HillsAreaTypeDescription
Ring of SteallGlen NevisDay trip, late SeptemberLong Day

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