The Bethunes

Hill Walking

Iain and I are both keen hill walkers. Iain has done a lot more walking than I have and is definitely a better route planner! I just like to go along and enjoy the views without actually worrying about the route!

Both of us have done most of our walking in Scotland, I have also done a fair amount in the Lake District. By far the best days walking we have had together was when we walked the Aonach Eagach Ridge in fantastic weather - it was brilliant!

Below are short reports on some of our recent trips and there are also some great photos in the photo gallery.

Walking trips

Ben Eighe - 15th July 2005

We climbed Ben Eighe on the only walking day of our honeymoon. It took about 9 hours to do the four western tops - 2 munros and 2 tops. We walked from the car park at the west end of the ridge round to the corrie at the back, this section of the walk was on good paths, with amazing scenery - a lovely walk in. After a stop for food we picked a path up the steep grassy slopes to the saddle between Sail Mhor and Coinneach Mhor - hard work!!!. From the saddle the walk onto Sail Mhor was a short but unpleasant stroll up loose rock. Unless you really want to count the top it didn't add much to the whole day!

The Corrie

The corrie behind the Ben Eighe ridge

The scramble up to the summit of Coinneach Mhor was the highlight of the day, and was definitely more 'interesting' than the guidebook would have led us to believe. The scramble was easy as described - if you could find the route! After this the rest of the ridge was just walking on loose rock. The views were great but I found the terrain tiring and was not kind to the knees.

We descended by the short sharp route off Spidean Coire nan Clach directly down to the road - effective but steep (and even worse on the knees!!!). All in all a good day but I wouldn't want to do it again in a hurry.

Ben Lawers Range - May 2004

Rather than take the easy option and start from the Ben Lawers car park at 500m we decided to start at the other end of the ridge and as such from around 100m - I don't know why! This meant we walked up the grassy end of Meall Greigh. This was OK - it got the climb over and done with quickly! The views from the top are lovely. We then walked on to Meall Garbh. The weather wasn't being kind to us however and the wind was gradually increasing! By the time we had stopped for lunch you could barely stand upright so we had to make a quick decent! Then as we walked down it started to rain, so we were soaked by the time we got back to the car. A fun day though.

Ben Nevis - July 2003

I will always remember this days walking. It was raining when we started and still raining when we finished. There was no view - we could see a few 100 meters! We walked up the tourist path, which is not very interesting it just goes up and up!!! We had lunch on the top in the rain, I was shocked and disappointed by the rubbish. We then walked down again. What a fun day!!!!

Aonach Eagach - July 2003

This was the most amazing days walking. It is a brilliant ridge to walk. The walk up and down are steep but it is worth it because the ridge is brilliant. Interesting walking and great views - you couldn't ask for more. We were really lucky as we had great weather - it was sunny and clear.


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