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Ben Lawers, An Stuc & Beinn Ghlas
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
1428 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
5.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
14.21 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.

 Notes
Easy day starting from 460m on well maintained paths and continuing on moderate grass slopes. There is a broad eroded path on Beinn Ghlas, a similar path on Ben Lawers. An Stuc is less frequently climbed.

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: Killin

From Killin (A827) travel NE 7km to Edramucky then take the minor road N to car park at Ben Lawers Visitor Centre. N.B. this road is steep in places and can be unpassable in winter.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,428 metres. Allow 5.5 hours to complete this 14.21 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
  Start from visitor centre carpark
  NN60843789 Distance
Altitude
435 m
1
Follow board-walk NE over bog to fenced nature reserve
NN60973800 Distance
0.17 km
Altitude
440 m
2
Follow path NNE through reserve to exit stile and gate
NN61523920 Distance
1.52 km
Altitude
630 m
3
Ascend NE turning NNE to summit of Beinn Ghlas
NN62544047 Distance
1.76 km
Altitude
1103 m
4
Descend NE to coll
NN63014116 Distance
1.00 km
Altitude
1103 m
5
Ascend NE turning ENE to summit of Ben Lawers
NN63554142 Distance
0.63 km
Altitude
1214 m
6
Descend N to Creag an Fhithich
NN63534237 Distance
0.86 km
Altitude
1047 m
7
Continue NNE to summit of An Stuc
NN63904314 Distance
1.12 km
Altitude
1118 m
8
Return SSW to Creag an Fhithich
NN63534237 Distance
1.12 km
Altitude
1047 m
9
Return S to Ben Lawers
NN63554142 Distance
0.86 km
Altitude
1214 m
10
Descend WSW to coll where path branches
NN63014116 Distance
0.63 km
Altitude
1000 m
11
Follow more northerly path WSW on northeren slopes of Beinn Ghlas to beallach
NN62084076 Distance
1.12 km
Altitude
870 m
12
Follow old drove road SSW to junction
NN61643926 Distance
1.56 km
Altitude
665 m
13
Return SSW through reserve to carpark
  NN60843789 Distance
1.85 km
Altitude
435 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

 Weather
Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lawers
by Metcheck
Images of Ben Lawers, An Stuc & Beinn Ghlas
Route Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by glen gribbon on 06 Aug 2011:
We did this walk on 5 August 2011 and had a great day. None of the hills are difficult, but combined you climb a good height. When we came off Ben Lawers on the way back you can either go back up Beinn Ghlas or there is a low path round the mountain, which at least adds a bit of variety. Despite a summer gale at the top of Ben Lawers, the low path gave us a sunny, sheltered, one hour walk back to the car park. Nice relaxing way to end the day. We did it comfortably in 5 hours. An Stuc is quite steep, but has great views.
 
Written by Rodger Moffet on 22 Apr 2008:
Climbed 20th April 2008 on a clear bright day. My first venture away from safe 'high summer' walking. What an introduction! perfect visibility all the way and surprisingly a lot of snow for the time of year- the ascent up towards Ben Lawers required crampons and judging by the marks coming back on the low path there had been a few walkers that hadnt worn them and taken a slide or two!
 
Written by Derrick Reid on 25 Sep 2005:
Climbed Beinn Glass, Ben Lawers and An Stuc on 24/09/05 with my mate Colin. Very enjoyable walk with few obstacles, although the ascent of An Stuc was quite steep in places. Fantastic views from all the tops, but the icy, blustery winds ensured that we didn't stay there for too long. On the return, rather than go back up Lawers, we walked along the slopes of Lawers and Glass to the bealach, where we joined the "low" path. A bit wet and slippy in places, but a decent enough alternative to revisiting the top of Lawers. It also allowed us to spot a large herd of deer wandering in the valley.
 
Written by John Usher on 16 Sep 2005:
I like circular routes so decided to drop down into Coire Nan Cat after An Stuc. It became a real slog back as there was no discernible path. I know its a bind but your better going back over Ben Lawers
 
Written by Terry Thomson on 30 Jun 2003:
Blessed with almost perfect conditions, this is an enjoyable day on the hills with panoramic views all round. The trip to An Stuc can be steep in places but with little difficulty and helps avoid the masses. However, this requires the return over Ben Lawers for a second time, but well worth it.
 
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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