The path up essentially follows the ski tows and is fairly well marked from the parking area. The path in places is quite well trod and is starting to crumble in places. It was a steep start and we looked enviously at the chair lift occupants as they zipped past. I'm not a fan of chairlifts so had to placate myself with the fact I'd have really struggled with it!
Despite the warm weather the snow slopes higher up were still frozen and ice, so we decided to put on our crampons. Emma enjoyed a second try of hers, and we roped her up just to be super safe. It was great fun and we disappointed when we reached the rockier pull to the top where the snow had all melted. The Munro's highest point is reached first, we had a short rest then wandered across the top to watch people ski-ing and to find a sheltered spot for our dinner.
As we headed down we enjoyed some sledging again (It has to be done!) and reversed our 'winter ascent' putting our crampons back on for the steeper snow slope.
We all felt the pain descending the ski tow path, and poles certainly helped on the deteriorating path.
Our swift half (and chips) was enjoyed in the garden of the Kings House Hotel where we could take in more of the lovely views. Emma enjoyed being able to watch the deer and rushed over to help one of the chefs feed them scraps. Even the birds were getting in on the action hovering under our table to hoover up the crumbs.
Credit to my daughter for the Deer photos.. see if you can caption the first one!