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Ben More [Crianlarich] & Stob Binnein
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
1347 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
4.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
9.32 km

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A brief summary of this route.

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Initial ascent is unrelenting on continuous steep grass slope, but more pleasant once you have reached the first summit. This is the shortest but not the best route for these mountains.

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: Crianlarich

From Crianlarich travel E on A85 to Benmore Farm.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,347 metres. Allow 4.5 hours to complete this 9.32 km route.

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 at track just E of Benmore Farm
  NN41462591 Distance
165 m
Follow zig-zag track SW (uphill)
NN41932551 Distance
0.95 km
300 m
Where path turns S at 300m leave path and ascend SE to summit of Ben More
NN43262445 Distance
1.74 km
1174 m
Descend S to Bealach-eadar-dha Beinn
NN43262357 Distance
0.93 km
860 m
Ascend S turning SSE to summit of Stob Binnein
NN43482276 Distance
0.88 km
1165 m
Return to Bealach
NN43262356 Distance
0.88 km
860 m
Return to bealach, then descend W turning NW to reach track by Benmore Burn
NN41772426 Distance
1.77 km
335 m
Follow track N and descend to return to start
  NN41462591 Distance
2.18 km
165 m

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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Thom Fish on 13 Sep 2010:
Agree with the comments here. This is a tough climb from the North side - for over 2000 feet there is no clear path and it's marshy, so just keep pointing upwards. It gets steeper higher up but it also gets drier and there is a clear path - by this point it was just a slog. I agree the time is optimistic. The problem on these hills is that it takes time and care to descend safely, so that was 30-50% slower than normal for me (and I still slipped a few times). We took six hours all in, including a leisurely lunch break and some photography stops.
Written by Sc Joss on 21 Sep 2009:
Very steep ascent when done from this side so would only do it this way if pushed for time.Tthe path is very difficult to find low down. there is a small cairn where the path starts after the last bend in the built track before it starts to descend again, you'll miss it if you don't look carefully, we did. Even if you find it the path still may not be clear. Expect sore legs after this one!
Written by John Gilchrist on 25 May 2008:
Time suggested here looks hugely ambitious. 6 hours plus nearer the mark. No discernable path till around 2000 feet, then take SSE bearing(155 degrees) to remains of dyke and the path will gradually become more distinct as it approaches summit.
Written by Forbes Mcfall on 01 Jul 2005:
As a relative novice (these were only my 24th and 25th Munros), I found the ascent from Benmore farm to the summit of Ben More particularly demanding. The descent from the bealach between the hills was quite slippy, even in the relatively dry conditions I experienced. I would imagine that sections of this 'path' would become difficult to negotiate in wet conditions. I suggest that prospective walkers should allow 4 hours for comfortable completion of this route. Maybe I am ageing prematurely, but I didn't stop very often (or for very long) and I was walking for 3.5 hours.
Written by Roger Green on 19 Nov 2003:
A difficult and extremely steep climb up to Ben More. The path is vague for the first 1000 feet or so but this is not a problem - as long as you are going up you are going the right way. Being so close to the road and so popular one never gets the wilderness feeling associated with other Munros in the area. Enjoyable certainly for the sense of achievement and the stunning views - if not for the route itself.
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