/ Where to go in Scotland at end April for walking/scrambling?
I have explored around Glencoe, Fort william area, Skye, Torridon, and had a few days around Ullapool (An Tellach & Suilven).
Have loved all these areas (when I have had good weather) and would happily go back to one of them, but feel I sould maybe explore an area new to me. Am keen on dramatic scenery more than bleak areas however wild and remote they may be.
Have 7 or 8 days at the end of April, I realise that this year there will be a fair bit of snow in places so will probably have walking crampons and a lightweight ice axe with me in case they are needed.
Driving from Pembrokeshire so probably not wanting to go any further north than Ullapool.
All suggestions appreciated.
Kintail/Affric area would be another option.
the cairngorms could be described as bleak but they are awesomely dramatic being the biggest mountains in scotland. loads of scrambling if you look about too
kintail has many high level long fine grassy ridges and some easy scrambly ones like the forcan, Mullach fraoch choire and the western ridge on Bheinn Fhada
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Dont know if there is enough to occupy you for 7-8 days though?
Interesting replies so far, many thanks to those who have taken the time to reply. I will be researching these areas.
Any more opinions?
Rum Cuillin question: all the route descriptions I've read take it from north to south in one long day, with the the nights before and after spent in Kinloch. But it looks like the one sensible approach would be to get the morning ferry across to the island, mess around a bit and then walk along the coast to Dibidibidibi Bothy for the night before getting an early start and doing the traverse south to north on the way back, before getting the last ferry back to the mainland.
Is there any strong reason to do the traverse north to south? Apart from the fact that if you're doing it in a day it's nice to get onto the interesting stuff as quickly as possible?
By late April there's enough daylight to do the full traverse after arriving that morning; that's certainly how I did it on my most recent visit a spring or two ago. The coastal path back from Dibidil to Kinloch is fine in the dark (watch out for burn crossings if it's very wet though).
We did it north-south as we were camping at Kinloch. Rather than going out by the bothy we dropped down to Loch Fiachanais and walked back along the land rover track to Kinloch.
Dont miss out Trollabhal as its the best hill despite there being a bypass path.
How about a walk through from Glenfinnan to Shiel Bridge? Oodles of great hills en route.
Or a round of Loch Mullardoch?
Both would be fantastic options methinks...
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