Ben Lawers & Beinn Ghlas (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME – NOW 08:00)
A walk designed for the inexperienced and experienced hill walker with a general good level of fitness who wants to gain some confidence, and also experience some of the best views at the top of the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish highlands. The walk takes in the munro summits of Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers, two of the most recognisable hills in the Loch Tay area. The walk involves starting at the Ben Lawers car park which at 450m makes the top very achievable and rewarding. The route takes the path up through the nature reserve and the Burn of Edramucky. The nature reserve, cared for by the National Trust for Scotland has a unique collection of artic-alpine plants. Our route climbs up the flank of Coire a’ Chonnaidh and then to the summit of Beinn Ghlas (1103m). Our route then continues to the north east and Ben Lawers (1214m). From both sumits and the ridge there will be excellent views of Loch Tay to the south east and the Tarmachan ridge to the weat. Our return route follows off Lawers at Creag Loiste and then to the cairn at the top of Burn of Edramuchty, then back to the car park. The paths are well maintained and follow a relatively straightforward route in both ascent and descent.
The walk leader will have first aid and an emergency shelter. For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.