Guided Walks - Salomon Skyline Scotland

Guided Walks

What? Get up and close to the runners on high-level areas of the race routes.

When? Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th

How much? £10 PP

 

We are offering heavily subsidised guided walks for just £10 per person. There are four guided walks available from professionally qualified local Mountain Leaders. These guided walks are specifically designed for the friends and family of the competitors who would like to get out in the high Scottish mountains, but would prefer to do so as part of a group.

 

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Bring a cowbell to cheer on the runners! ©iancorless.com

 

For all our guided walks please come prepared for any weather, and a day of mountain walking. This means you will need the following essentials:

 

  • A packed lunch and plenty of snacks
  • Water bottle (and perhaps a thermos flask if it is cold)
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers
  • Warm mid-layer AND a spare warm jacket (it quickly gets cold when you stop to spectate)
  • Suitable footwear such as walking boots
  • Hat and gloves
  • Headtorch*

 

* Our Na Gruagaichean (Salomon Mamores VK) and Ben Nevis Summit (Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra) walks are likely to finish as darkness falls, so a headtorch is essential.

 

We would also recommend taking a smart phone so that you can follow the GPS tracking live for the Saturday and Sunday races. For our Saturday and Sunday Guided Walks, we will also provide each person with a race map. Our Mountain Leaders will carry emergency equipment for the group such as a first aid kit and group shelter.

 

Please note, when you meet your Mountain Leader, there will always be group discussion and decision about the itinerary based on the weather and groups’ ability. It is possible that the group will decide on a different plan. If transport is required, the group will need to organise this with their personal vehicles.

 


Na Gruagaichean Summit Walk

Friday 15th September / Salomon Mamores VK Spectating

 

Start Time/Location: 13:00 at the Ice Factor (meet in the Café downstairs)

Finish Time/Location: ~20:00-21:00 at the Ice Factor

Distance and Height gain: Approximately 12km with 1,100m ascent

 

 

Our guided walk to the summit of Na Gruagaichean is a great opportunity to watch the runners finish the Salomon Mamores VK, and bag a spectacular Munro summit with incredible 360° views in all directions. The walking route is likely to either ascend or descend the race route. It is likely that you finish this walk as darkness falls, so a headtorch is essential.

 

 


Mamores Ridge Walking

Saturday 16th September / Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace Spectating

 

Start Time/Location: 09:00 at the Ice Factor (meet in the Café downstairs)

Finish Time/Location: ~17:00 at the Ice Factor

Distance and Height gain: Approximately 17km with 1,300m ascent

 

 

Our guided ridge walk in the Mamores takes in the spectacular Munro summits of Stob Coire à Chàirn and Am Bodach, and traverses much of the same mountain paths as used by the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace, so you will get a close-up view of the racing as the runners pass, and vistas out of Ben Nevis to the north.

 

 


Ben Nevis Summit Walk

Saturday 16th September / Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra Spectating

 

Start Time/Location: 13:00 at the Ice Factor (meet in the Café downstairs)

Finish Time/Location: ~20:00-21:00 at the Ice Factor

Distance and Height gain: Approximately 16km with 1,350m ascent

 

 

Our guided walk to the summit of Ben Nevis is a brilliant chance to tick-off the UK’s highest mountain, and watch some of the runners ascending the spectacular Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête as they approach. It is likely that you finish this walk as darkness falls, so a headtorch is essential. The group will need to organise their own transport to Glen Nevis to start this walk.

 

 


Salomon Glen Coe Skyline Spectators' Walk

Sunday 17th September / Salomon Glen Coe Skyline Spectating

 

Start Time/Location: 09:00 at the Ice Factor (meet in the Café downstairs)

Finish Time/Location: ~17:00 at the Ice Factor

Distance and Height gain: Approximately 6km with 850m ascent

 

 

Our guided walk is a chance to see many elements of the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline. First the group heads to Checkpoint 5, which is a short walk up the stunning Lairig Eilde. After watching some of the runners passing through here, the group heads to Checkpoint 11, which is the support point and a hive of excitement and activity. Before long, you are heading back up Glen Coe, before a steep ascent brings you to the Munro summit of Am Bodach, and the opportunity to see runners as they finish the traverse of the famous Aonach Eagach.

 

 

The cost to join any of our guided walks is £10 per person. Booking in advance is essential.