Munros starting with B
|From the summit of Beinn Udlamain a ridge runs S to a broad bealach at the head of Coire Dhomhain which connects to Sgairneach Mhor (a common ascent route). |
At the N limit of the summit plateau there are two ridges, a narrow rocky N ridge and a broader NE ridge curving round Fraoich-choire to connect with A' Mharconnaich at a high col.
The W slopes towards loch Ericht and the E slopes into Coire Dhomhain are steep and should be avoided. It is recommended to continue onto A' Marchonnaich if you are not returning to the head of Coire Dhomhain.
|The summit of Ben Alder is a gentle rise on an broad plateau close to the precipitous cliffs on its E flank overlooking Beallach Beithe. The ground initially slopes gently from the summit in all other directions, but the N flank of Ben Alder is also steep and craggy. |
The most common route of ascent is the NE ridge and involves a scramble up the more northerly shoulder of Coire na Lethchois.
To the S there are the steep slopes of Coire Chomhlain, but the SE ridge gives easy access to Beallach Breabag which separates Ben Alder from Beinn Bheoil. To the W easy slopes lead down to Meall an t-Slugain and to the path through Beallach Dubh.
|From the S, Ben Challum appears as a broad grassy hill yet from the N it is a craggy mountain overlooking the head of Glen Lochay. |
The most frequently used route is from Kirkton Farm up the easy slopes to the South Top then N on ridge to the summit.
An alternative route from Glen Lochay onto the E ridge is longer but shows the wilder side of Ben Challum.
|Ben Chonzie is a solitary Munro at the head of Glen Turret, but is normally ascended from Glen Lednock to the SW as there are tracks leading high on its slopes. |
Ben Chonzie is a heather clad hill with moderate inclines leading to gentle grass slopes on the crests of the summit ridge. The biggest problem with Ben Chonzie would be finding the summit but for the line of iron fence posts on the crest of the "L" shaped summit ridge which lead you there. There are crags E of the summit.
Ben Chonzie is famous for its many mountain hares.
|Ben Cruachan is a long rocky ridge running mainly E-W but with many minor ridges on both the Glen Noe side and the Loch Awe side. The slopes of the main ridge are generally steep and craggy. On the main ridge there are two peaks ranked as Munros, Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh. N.B. "Ben Cruachan" refers to both the mountain and the highest top. |
The most common ascent route involves a circuit of Coire Cruachan with its water reservoir. Routes ascend Meall Cuanail, due S of Ben Cruachan or from the reservoir to the bealach between Ben Cruachan an Meall Cuanail.
The ascent of Ben Cruachan is steep but easy as is the traverse to Stob Diamh. (see also Stob Diamh)
|Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro, has wonderfully steep and craggy W and N slopes. The E slopes whilst less steep in places are craggy and boulder strewn, and extended to form four ridges which create three corries, each with its own lochan. |
To the S, however, the the slopes are mostly gentle therefore the ascent of this rugged mountain can be easy. The easy ascent route is from Alltnacaillich to the W onto the escarpment, the Leitir Mhuiseil, above the Strathmore River, from where easy slopes lead to the summit overlooking the craggy N slopes.
A more challenging approach can be had from the Moine Path on the crest of the most northerly of the E ridges.
|Ben Lawers is the highest peak of a long ridge formed by six peaks, five over 3000ft. |
This mountain is composed of four ridges, mostly grass with some rocky outcrops but the slopes between the S and W ridge are steep crumbling cliffs on which some of Britain's most beautiful alpine flowers grow.
The short W ridge connecting to Beinn Ghlas and the longer N ridge to An Stuc are the normal ascent routes for Ben Lawers, although a direct ascent from Lochan nan Cat to the S is possible. The most common ascent via Beinn Ghlas is a wide badly eroded path.
|Ben Lomond is a solitary and distinctive peak to the E of Loch Lomond. From the Arrochar Alps, to the NW, Ben Lomond appears to have a conical summit but there is a craggy corrie high on its N slopes. |
N slopes are steep and craggy but S slopes are easy to moderate. The normal access routes lead from the S and do not encounter the crags until near the summit.
Ben Lomond has two parallel SSE ridges, to the W is the Ptarmigan Ridge and to the E the Sron Aonaich ridge.
The "tourist" path cuts a broad swathe from Sron Aonaich to the summit. The ascent path by the burn that casacdes between Tom Fitich and Tom Eas at the S end of the Ptarmigan ridge is steeper and much more attractive.
Following the Ptarmigan ridge leads to the W face of Ben Lomond from where a minor scramble through rocky outcrops leads to the summit.
|Ben Lui is a magnificent mountain, particularly when the great Coire Gaothaich is filled with snow. The sides of the coire are formed by parallel NE ridges, and the more northern of these (Stob Garbh) is the classic ascent route from within the corrie via the track in Glen Cononish. |
A shorter route from the A85 in Glen Lochy ascends the NW ridge from where the splendour of this mountain cannot be appreciated.
The SW ridge leads to the smaller and less inspiring Beinn a' Chleibh and the SSW ridge leads to a bealach at the head of Coire Laoigh from where you can descend down the Glen or ascend Ben Oss.
|The summit of the massive Ben MacDui is bounded to the W and SW by the steep slopes of the Lairig Ghru. There are routes up these steep slopes but they are not recommended. |
To the S lies a long ridge, which gives an easy ascent from Glen Luibeg. The western slopes of this ridge can be accessed from the N ridge of Carn a Mhaim. This route takes you up steep slopes onto boulder fields. To the east of this route and of the summit lie the precipitous cliffs of Coire Sputan Dearg, however a safe route E then NE leads down to Loch Etchachan.
From the summit, gentle slopes run N to Cairn Lochan, and down through the crags of Coire an Lochain to the carpark at the ski centre, or NNE to the summit of Cairn Gorm.