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Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1904 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
7.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
19.99 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

Moderate climb on mixed terrain. Ben Cruachan is an excellent mountain with a craggy summit, but no scrambling is required.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Lochawe

At Lochawe village (A85) park to commence route.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,904 metres. Allow 7.5 hours to complete this 19.99 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Park your car in Lochawe village SW of St Conan's Kirk
  NN11442670 Distance
90 m
Follow path W towards the Falls of Cruachan
NN08542686 Distance
3.25 km
250 m
Continue on path NNW to dam
NN08152810 Distance
1.42 km
390 m
Cross to west shore of dam and continue N on road
NN08242942 Distance
1.75 km
430 m
Leave road close to its termination and ascend WNW to col (825m)
NN06952980 Distance
1.49 km
825 m
Ascend N on winding path to summit of Ben Cruachan
NN06963047 Distance
0.90 km
1126 m
Descend E and follow curving ridge
NN07853041 Distance
0.91 km
950 m
Continue NE to summit of Drochaid Ghlas
NN08333073 Distance
0.64 km
1009 m
Continue E on ridge to summit of Stob Diamh
NN09473085 Distance
1.26 km
998 m
Head S to Stob Garbh
NN09543024 Distance
0.64 km
980 m
Descend S to col (730m) north of Beinn a' Bhuirdh
NN09532886 Distance
1.45 km
730 m
Continue descent W turning SW to join track by water side.
NN08292824 Distance
1.55 km
400 m
Head S to join ascent route and return
  NN11442670 Distance
4.75 km
90 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Cruachan
by Metcheck
Images of Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
 from 8 votes
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Written by Sc Joss on 10 May 2010:
Having done it clockwise from the road below dam, I can see the point of going anticlockwise- better view- although this will leave you with quite a long/steep descent from summit of BC. depends on whether you like to go up steep or down steep. The main thing- do it on a clear day, it would be a real shame not to get any view at all!!
Written by Craig Dunderdale on 02 Aug 2008:
Great Horseshoe, don't get locked in the Hydo Car park, park on the main road. Steep initially but levels out at Hydro Damn, I did it anti clockwise and really enjoyed it, no difficulties 6.5hrs.
Written by Carl Sugden on 28 May 2003:
A classic horseshoe and a great ridge. You get a good view of the entire ridge by taking in the Corbett Beinn a Buridh at the start of the east-west traverse. A good day out.
Written by Derrick Graham on 01 Apr 2003:
An excellent day out with the reward of a fine ridge walk and views west to Mull as well as the usual inspiring vistas to North, East and South. As a variation start from under the dam -some parking on the A85 if you are early. Its a steep pull at first before levelling out to the dam, then do the route anti clockwise thus saving Ben Cruachan to the end of the ridge-its well worth it although you may be walking into the weather. There are no real difficulties although care should be taken on the ridge in poor weather conditions.
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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