Munros starting with B
Ben More Assynt
|Ben More Assynt and Conival are two mountains connected by a high ridge and consequently climbed together. |
Ben More Assynt is the more complex of the two with two tops (998m and 960m) linked by a narrow rocky ridge for those with a head for exposure.
From the N top which is the summit, ridges run W to Conival and NE curving SSE around Coire Reidh. From the South Top (960m) a ridge continues S to Carn nan Conbhairean (868m) after which the slopes become easier allowing a return via Dubh Loch Mor through the narrow bealach between Conival and Breabag Tarsuinn to Gleann Dubh.
Ben More [Crianlarich]
|The summit of Ben More is a steep sided triangular pyramid with crags mainly restricted to its SE face. There are short steep ridges, NW to Benmore Farm offering an unrelenting route for masochists, and S to Bealach-eadar-dha Bheinn where Ben More meets Stob Binnein. |
The S ridge offers access from both Stob Binnein and the path in Benmore Glen. A third ridge NE is the longest and craggiest, but is a good ascent route which can be accessed from the A85 via a path by the Allt Coire Chaorach through the forest .
Ben More [Isle of Mull]
|Ben More on Mull is the only Munro on an island other than Skye. It is a splendid mountain with narrow ridges and some scrambling opportunities. |
The summit lies at the intersection of three ridges, a short and very narrow ridge NE to A' Chioch, a S ridge curving SW to Maol nan Damh, and a NW ridge which splits to give branches WNW and NW enclosing Coire nam Fuaran.
The slopes are generally moderate lower down becoming steeper and craggier higher up. The summit is of rock and scree.
Normal ascent routes are from Gleann na Beinne Fada to the col between Beinn Fhada and A' Chioch or on the WNW branch of the NW ridge via the path from Dhiseig.
|Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, forms a horse-shoe shape ridge with Carn Mor Dearg, the massive Nevis dwarfing the latter (9th highest). |
The two mountains are connected by a narrow ridge with a rocky crest, the Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) arete.The easiest ascent of "The Ben" is from Glen Nevis, via Meall an t-Suidhe to the W following the old road which was constructed to service the hotel and observatory, now both ruins near the summit. This route reveals little of the magnificence of Nevis, and there is an alternative route for hill-walkers who can cope with scrambling, via Carn Mor Dearg and the CMD arete.
An ascent is also possible via the head wall of Coire Leis to join the southern end of the CMD arete. Both these routes approach the summit of Ben Nevis from the E. The N face of the Ben should be left to mountaineers with rock climbing experience.
|Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhcraig form a curved ridge around Loch Oss and are generally climbed together. Ben Oss has craggy sections and many rocky outcrops, particularly on its N face overlooking Glen Cononish. |
Ben Oss is usually accessed from Glen Cononish to the N via Beinn Dubhcraig, although an approach could be be made from Gleann nan Caorann in the S.
Ben Oss's two N ridges are craggy and generally avoided as they are steep and rocky therefore the best alternative descent is S then SW to Creag Dubh a' Bealach where Ben Oss meets the lower slopes of Ben Lui and descend NNW through Coire Laoigh to Glen Cononish.
|Ben Starav is an impressive mountain, its base reaching the shores of Loch Etive, therefore it rises from sea level. |
The summit of Ben Starav lies at the intersection of five craggy ridges. The longest ridge runs N then branches to enclose Coire da Choimhid. The most usual ascent route is from the path to Coileitir onto the E rim of Coire da Choimhid and S on the N ridge to the summit.
The only other common route is on the E ridge to Stob Coire Dheirg and down to a bealach from where you can continue ENE to Glas Bheinn Mhor or SSE to Beinn Aighenan or descend N into the corrie to join the path back to Coileitir.
|Ben Vane is an "L" shaped mountain with a longer N ridge to Beinn Dubh (773m) and a shorter E ridge. Ben Vane is a rough mountain covered with rocky outcrops. |
The normal ascent is via the E ridge on a well trodden path weaving through the rocky outcrops with many false summits. There are a few steep sections but no scrambling required.
Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn]
|Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin are neighbours and are among the first Munros to be seen by visitors heading N as they can be seen from the A9 S of Stirling. These two mountains have almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by Bealach an Dubh Choirein. |
The summit of Ben Vorlich sits at the intersection of four ridges all of which offer access routes. The access path from Loch Earn, through Glen Vorlich, ascends the W face of the N ridge, but the NW ridge to Ben Our offers an alternative route to join the same path.
The SW ridge connects to Stuc a' Chroin and the long SE ridge can be ascended from Gleann Dubh Choirein. The path through this glen joins the path from Glen Artney to Callander, offering longer routes for walkers.
Ben Vorlich [Loch Lomond]
|Ben Vorlich is large mountain covered in rocky outcrops. The summit lies to the W overlooking Loch Sloy. |
Ben Vorlich has three tops, the OS trig point at 941m, and the true summit 200m NNW is 943m and the North Top (931m) is 500m further N. From the summit ridge, a ridge curves NE to Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain.
A descent is possible from the col SW of this peak E to the glen below and through the glen to the A82 road S of Ardlui. There is a long SSE ridge which can be ascended from the road up its S slopes or via its W slopes from the road 800m below the dam.
Finally the E ridge over the Little Hills bears NE and offers a descent to the A82.
Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill
|An Teallach is arguably Scotland's most beautiful and is certainly one of its most challenging mountains. |
The peaks of An Teallach are arranged in a semi-circle around Loch Toll an Lochain. Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill forms the N wall of this corrie and has a long E ridge leading to Glas Mheall Liath from where a descend can be made to Coire' a' Ghiubhsachain with its gently sloping rocks and dramatic escarpment. The N face of this E ridge is craggy and should be avoided.
Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill has a short SW ridge that connects to Sgurr Fiona and a steep rocky N ridge that descends to a broad ridge N of Sron a' Choire from where a stalkers path leads to Dundonnell.
Bidean a' Ghlas Thuill is a craggy mountain requiring some minor scrambling.