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The Big Ones – Ben Nevis & Buachaille Etive Mor

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Last week we spent an incredible weekend climbing Ben Nevis and Buachaille Etive Mor. The incredible part? Wall-to-wall Mediterranean sunshine (ie hot, hot, hot!) clear views and men climbing Ben Nevis in their pants!

One  woman who went said that climbing Buachaille Etive Mor was the best day of walking she’d ever had in Scotland. And I have to agree.

We stayed at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel and Bunkhouse. I’d highly recommend both. The food at the restaurant is excellent and staff very helpful. Perfect place to stay and there is so much to do nearby.

Here for your delectation a few pictures of a glorious weekend.

Arriving at Ben Nevis


On the way up. The path zig zags the mountain so for the most part it’s a gentle ascent.


But there are some steeper sections.


Incredible views on the way up.P1060082


Snow near the summit


A few of us on the summit of Ben Nevis. It took us 3 hours to reach the summit at a relaxed pace. Great feeling!


The summit looks busier than Fort William on a beautiful day like this.


The boys in pants doing their thang!


Beautiful views as we begin our descent


Arriving at Buachaille Etive Mor


Victoria and Robin flying as they approach the summit


Feeling ecstatic on the summit! The Buachaille is a steep munro. More interesting and challenging than Ben Nevis. I loved it.


Amazing views…



The descent was the difficult part, Buachaille’s steep and rocky. Here on hands, and bums we negotiate a particularly tricky section. You can just make us out in the middle of the photo below.



Our next weekend is in Speyside in September. This time it’s a mix of hillwalking, cycling and sightseeing. You choose how much or how little you do. Last year’s trip to Glen Clova in September was lovely, with brilliant weather.


To find out more about Speyside in September visit our Speyside weekend webpage.

You can find out more about the the Sunday Brunch Club Walking Group here.

What are your favourite walks in Scotland?

Love Walking

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I’m writing about what is a love for many people including me: walking.

Walking has become hugely popular in the Sunday Brunch Club. January’s walk was a beautiful coastal walk in East Tyninghame. A bumper turnout with over 30 people walking with us that day. The Club’s walks are very sociable with an emphasis on fun and enjoying the beauty of the Scottish countryside.

Tyninghame walk - 16 January 2011
Beautiful coastal walk in Tyninghame, East Lothian

Huge thanks to Robin who led the walk.

Robin our Walk Leader
Wonderful Walk Leader, Robin

February’s walk is a walk in The Pentlands led by Ian.

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See pictures of past walks on our flickr page

Want to walk with us?
Visit our hillwalking page for joining details and dates for all our hillwalks this year.

What are your favourite walks?

St Abbs Head Secret Walk

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Pepe at St Abbs Secret Walk
Pepe enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery during the St Abbs Secret Walk

 On Sunday the Sunday Brunch Club Walking Group went on a beautiful coastal walk at St Abbs Head. Thanks so much to Ian M who led the walk.

This walk was described thus “You probably won’t have been this way before as this walk is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets, but it offers truly stunning coast and landscape: high cliffs, smuggler’s coves, flocks of sea birds and magnificent views of the North Sea come included on this moderate four to five hour walk”.

It lived up to expectation and was well worth the 9am start it required. Here are the pictures of Pepe le Chien and the rest of us enjoying the fantastic views… 

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