Ben Lawers. Photo: Ross Murray CC-BY-ND-2.0

Ben Lawers. Photo: Ross Murray CC-BY-ND-2.0

Walkers can brush up their navigation skills this week on a Scottish munro.

The National Trust for Scotland is offering hill-goers the chance to get to grips with the basics of using a map and compass in a six-hour practical on Ben Lawers in the southern Highlands.

One of the trust’s rangers will lead the course, on the slopes of the 1,214m (3,983ft) mountain overlooking Loch Tay.

Property manager Helen Cole said: “Ben Lawers is an excellent place to learn how to navigate, full of its own individual challenges and rewards. I’m sure all who come along will be surprised at how much they learn on the day, as well as how much fun they have doing so.”

Cost of the day is £12.50 for adults and £7 for children. The event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm this Wednesday, 11 August. Walkers joining the course will need a compass, food, an Ordnance Survey Landranger 51 or Explorer 378 map and warm, waterproof and windproof clothing.

Booking, which can be done by ringing the trust on 0844 493 2136 or emailing the Ben Lawers office, is essential for anyone wishing to take part.

Ben Lawers is a national nature reserve, with many rare alpine flowers growing on its slopes.

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