Watch the sun set over Ardnamurchan from high in the mountains above Loch Sunart
Guided Walk with Scrambling
You first notice the grassy slope steepening as the effort in your legs begins to build. Your breathing becomes noticeable and patches of rock begin to appear among the tussocks.
The soft earth under your boots gives way to solid rock. The impact of every step becomes more noticeable throughout your body.
As the hill steepens further you stop to soak in the views across adjacent mountains. Leaning forwards to rest, your hands making contact with warm rock heated by morning sun.
You press on using your hands for balance and realise that you are now scrambling…
Activity Level Challenging5/8
Group Size Large Group6
There is always more than one way to the summit of a mountain, and we have ample rugged routes to the top of the peaks of Ardgour and Sunart.
They may not be ‘Munroes’, but that means that less people visit them and we are more likely to have the mountain to ourselves. It also increase the chances of seeing Golden or White Tailed eagles soaring past.
Spending a day in the mountains with one of our local guides allows you to really explore the dramatic remote peaks in and around Ardgour, Sunart and Morvern well away from footpaths. The route will almost certainly be rugged terrain to get to suitable sections of scrambling making it all the more challenging.
From the moment you meet your guide they will look after you and ensure that you feel fully engaged with the activity and the route.
If at any point you have any concerns or questions, you have a responsibility to speak to your guide about them.
- Qualified and experienced guide throughout
- Your own map of the area for the day
- Opportunity to develop your personal mountain skills
The following is a non-exhaustive list of what is not included on these guided scrambling days:
- Personal accident insurance
- Food and drink
- Transport to/from Strontian
Meet your guide and fellow walkers at Otter Adventures base in Strontian at 10:00 am. If you need directions, please have a look at our Contact page.
After brief introductions and a short discussion of your previous experience, confidence and fitness, we’ll look at the weather reports and decide on an appropriate route for the day.
While we hope to make a circular walk, it may be that an A-B walk would be a better option for you. Please be prepared to use your vehicle in addition to our own.
We aim to return to Otter Adventures and pack away all equipment by 5.00 pm (17:00). Golden Eagle sightings can mean that we sometimes run a little late! If you need to be away promptly (perhaps for a ferry crossing), please let your guide know at the start of the day.
Some sections of steeper ground and rock will be encountered on some of our mountain walks
When the terrain steepens and the soil gives way to rock, you will feel the natural desire to use your hands on the rock. Not to pull yourself up, but to steady yourself and develop four-wheel drive. At this point you have begun to scramble.
Scrambling is generally graded from 1 to 3 (1 being the easiest) and the BMC summarise the grading system very well. At the upper end, there is a fine line between scrambling and rock climbing. Please be assured there will be no ‘climbing’ of graded routes on our guided walks with scrambling as we will keep to the easier routes.
We do carry a ‘confidence rope’ and appropriate equipment in case you feel the need to have a little extra confidence on a particular section.
Your usual mountain walking equipment will suffice – you won’t be needing anything special on these walk and scramble days.
Your normal walking boots will be fine as long as they are waterproof and cover your ankles. If you have a pair with stiffer soles, these will make it slightly easier to stand on smaller rock ledges, but they are not essential by any means.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of what you should bring:
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Clothes suitable for the weather
- Spare clothes
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Food and drink for the day
- Spare food (just in case)
- Personal first aid kit (blisters, etc.)
- Headtorch and batteries
Have a wee look at this video from BBC Scotland and Loch Lomond Mountain Rescue Team (personally I think his lunch is way too small… Or is that just me?)