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Ben Cleuch


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.
721 m (2365 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.
63 of 222 Grahams
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
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.
Stony Hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Ben Cleuch is the highest of the rolling Ochil Hills which lie to the NE of Stirling. Ben Cleuch itself lies to the N of Tillicoultry.

It is a popular hill due to its proximity to the central belt and you will be walking on well trodden paths. On a clear day, the summit offers superb views S towards the Forth.

The usual route of ascent begins in Tillicoultry from where a path leads N through Mill Glen and ascends to the summit via The Law.

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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Southeastern Highlands
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Beinn Ghlas
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Ben Cleuch Area Map
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Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Ben Cleuch

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Me at the top of my very first 'hillwalk' (Ben Cleuch)

© Michael Yates

Image by Michael Yates

James enjoying warm and sunny day at top of Ben Cleuch 21/05/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

At the trig point of Ben Cleuch on a super day. 21/05/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

After nearly four months out of action with a dodgy knee The Gav Man is back! I thought Ben Cleuch would be a nice way to ease myself back into hill-walking but it was tougher than expected. Many thanks to the chap who took my picture.

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White
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William Thomson
wrote on
July 7, 2010
Worth doing this route....... Parked up in Dollar in Hillfoot Carpark. Walked up the road passed Castle Campbell and then followed the track towards Glenquay reservoir. Then ascended Inverdownie, from there onto Whitewisp Hill, Tarmangie, King's Seat Hill, Andrew Gannell Hill, The Law, Ben Cleuch and finally Ben Ever. I returned to my starting destination by ascending Ben Cleuch again, then over Andre Gannell Hill onto King's Seat Hill where there is a decent path back down the valley to Castle Campbell and alon Dollar Glen. A really nice day out in the hills.
Craig Mackay
wrote on
February 14, 2010
A great walk but tough going initially. Climbed this one several times as it's right on my doorstep. The ascent through Tillicoultry Glen and up The Law is a very steep climb but once the you've made it to the the top it's a gentle walk to the summit of Ben Cleuch. From there you can continue round in a horseshoe shape and head up and over Ben Ever and make your way down into Alva Glen. Then there's a pleasant walk through a woodland area back to Tillicoultry. Great views across the Forth Valley and decent views North on a clear day.

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