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Stob Diamh (Ben Cruachan)


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
998 m (3274 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
143 of 282 Munros
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Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Stob Diamh is a craggy peak at the E end of Ben Cruachan ridge which runs E to W with many minor ridges on both the Glen Noe side and the Loch Awe side.

To the W of Stob Diamh the ridge leads to Drochaid Ghlas and to the S a narrow ridge leads to Stob Garbh (980m) then divides to produce S and ESE branches. From the summit of Stob Diamh the main ridge continues NE, turning SE.

A descent on the SW slope of the S ridge leads to the path in Corrie Cruachan, and a descent on the crest of the ESE branch of the S ridge joins a track leading to the junction of the A85 with the B8077.

Stob Diamh is normally approached from Drochaid Ghlas

Hazards you may encounter on Stob Diamh include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Cruachan
by Metcheck
Stob Diamh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Stob Diamh.

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 Routes that include Stob Diamh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1904 m 19.99 km 7.5 hrs Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh  Moderate climb on mixed terrain. Ben Cruachan is an excellent mountain with a craggy summit, but no scrambling is required.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Stob Diamh

 Baggers Gallery for Stob Diamh

Me at the top of Stob Diamh on 18/02/2012

© Andrew Blair

Image by Andrew Blair

Stob Diamh May'11

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

Me at the summit of stob diamh the veiws were spectacular looking down over loch awe the autumn colours on the trees & the mountain tops sticking out above the clouds amazing.

© Libby Smith

Image by Libby Smith

Bruce Sloan at summit of Stob Diamh on a very blowy day.

© Bruce Sloan

Image by Bruce Sloan
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Stob Diamh and Ben Cruachan
by Philip McLoone
Stob Diamh and Ben Cruachan
by William Deans
Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh
by Nico Boxhoorn
Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh
by Phillip Ferguson
Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh
by David McSporran

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James Corrigan
wrote on
October 17, 2010
Approached from Alt Coire Ghlais and climbed the buttress between Stob Gharb and Stob Diamh.We included this Munro with Ben Cruachan covering its many tops and ups and downs.Superb clear conditions gave views as far as Arran and Fort William.Included the Corbett Beinn a Bhuiridh to make it a long and demanding day.
Norman Wares
wrote on
October 27, 2009
Having previously climbed Stob Diamh by the usual route from Ben Cruachan, decided to ascend via the SE ridge of Stob Garbh, having parked at the junction of B8077/A85. Excellent views and straightforward navigation. Descended via Munro Top of Sron an Isean but had difficulty finding the bridge to take me back to the old lead mine track so forded the burn and gained wet feet for my troubles ! It's funny how easy it is to spot the bridge after you've done this ! !! I recommend this route as a good alternative to the usual way up.
Adam Rixon
wrote on
May 5, 2008
I climbed Stob Diamh with the Corbett Beinn a' Bhuiridh (a version of the Dalmally Horseshoe). The steep, pathless climb to the 641m point on Beinn a' Bhuiridh is pretty tortuous, especially under a hot sun. After that it eases a bit, with spectacular glimpses of the N-facing cliffs, though the summit itself isn't a great viewpoint. Descend very steeply N from the summit to the 730m col, then ascend to Stob Diamh on decent paths and easier ground. After a steep up and down, it's a simple descent from the 964m top back to the start. Steve Macluskie must be a fit man though - it took us 6 hours!
Steve Macluskie
wrote on
December 23, 2007
Climbed this as part of the "Dalmally Horseshoe". Park just round the corner at the beginning of the B8077 at the head of Loch Awe. Steep pitch up to Monadh Driselg @ 641m, contrinue east to Beinn a Bhuriidh, North to Stob Damh then continue round corrie rim NE, E then SE walking back down the Eastern shoulder of Coire Chreachainn back to the car. 5 hours at a good pace.

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  Date Title Written by Including...
1 26 Oct 2009 The Horseshoe Michael Hill Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh
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