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GUIDED WALKS ARDNAMURCHAN

 

Ardnamurchan

Aird nam Murchan: "headland of the great sea", is a 50 sq mile (130 km2) peninsula in Lochaber, Scotland, noted for being very unspoilt and undisturbed.  The main access route for most of the way is single track road with passing places, so care must be taken.

Ardnamurchan Peninsula is the most westerly point of mainland UK and offers some excellent walks, some of which are easy-going with others a bit more demanding but still enjoyable.

This area is a beautiful but remote corner of Scotland, with fantastic sea views at every turn.  The harsh landscape is relieved in places by excellent but hard to get to sandy beaches, along with with the wildlife, truly a beautiful place.

The village of Strontian is the main centre on the outskirts of the oak woods, which are called the rain forests of Scotland.

WALK GRADES

We use our grading system to give some indication of the conditions that are likely to be met. But remember routes can vary depending on the time of year and the weather.  You should also take into account the capabilities of every member of the party.

Point to note:

The individual's notion of difficulty may be quite different from ours, so always regard the grade we give as an indication.

ROUTE

All the walks fall into one of three categories:

Circular: starting and finishing at the same location and roughly circular in design.

Linear: a there and back walk, returning by the outward route.

Through route: starting at point A and finishing at point B

WALK GRADES

Easy: mostly following well - defined level and dry footpaths and tracks and less than 4 hrs duration.

Leisurely/Moderate: following well-defined footpaths and tracks but with possibly some natural gradients and less than 5 hrs duration.

Moderate: possibly involving some natural hill walking on low ridges or perhaps the traverse of unpathed terrain or probably and easily traversed but long trek.

Moderate/Strenuous: typically involving significant gradient or some hill walking and often on rough terrain but of no real difficulty other than physical exertion.

Strenuous: suitable for experienced hill walkers or fit individuals with capable companions. Typically long walks, involving steep climbs, most often traversing unpathed terrain, attaining heights and situations where navigational skills would be essential in adverse weather.

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