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Ben Lui & Beinn a' Chleibh
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
1400 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
24.08 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.

This is the best route to Ben Lui the ascent from Coire Gaothach is steep but not difficult, however, Stob Garbh is difficult when there is ice on the tops.

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: Tyndrum

From Tyndrum (A82) travel E 2 km to a car park at junction with minor road to Lochan nan Arm at the entrance to Glen Cononish.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,400 metres. Allow 7.5 hours to complete this 24.08 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 carpark (not visible from main road)
  NN34362915 Distance
190 m
Head W on rough road past Dalrigh
NN33252882 Distance
1.25 km
215 m
Pass under rail bridge and continue W to Cononish Farm
NN30112847 Distance
3.38 km
287 m
Follow track WSW to its termination above Allt an Rund
NN28162741 Distance
2.31 km
365 m
Descend to cross river (no bridge) and ascend SW into Coire Gaothach
NN27202676 Distance
1.20 km
700 m
Ascend NW onto Stob Garbh, the north ridge of Ben Lui (very icy in winter)
NN26922699 Distance
0.43 km
780 m
Follow ridge SW
NN26552679 Distance
0.43 km
947 m
Continue S to reach summit of Ben Lui
NN26622628 Distance
0.89 km
1130 m
Descend WSW to col linking to east ridge of Beinn a'Chleibh and ascend to summit
NN25052559 Distance
1.77 km
916 m
Return E to col
NN25812592 Distance
0.87 km
800 m
Follow 800m contour SE to south ridge of Ben Lui
NN27022516 Distance
1.48 km
820 m
Cross ridge into Coire Laoigh. Head NNE to join approach road and return
  NN34362915 Distance
10.08 km
190 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lui
by Metcheck
Images of Ben Lui & Beinn a' Chleibh
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
 from 12 votes
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Written by Sc Joss on 11 Jun 2010:
With two cars it is easily possible to do all 4. we started from the Ben Lui side (did Chleibh first) back towards Dalrigh (although it may be preferable to do the other way for the view). Take trainers to ford the river. Took just over 8 hours for the 4 (bargain!). Due to the dry Spring it wasn't even boggy! An accomplice met me at the Dalrigh end with excellent fish and chips from Tyndrum. Perfect end to a grand day!
Written by Michael Corson on 29 Apr 2007:
Climbed on a perfect April day with not a cloud in the sky. Used two cars and approached from Glen Cononish, which is the best route to see the mountain , then took in Beinn a'Chleibh and continued down to the car park on the A85. This route only took 6hrs including a long lunch stop and I would recommend this rather than the long walk back along the Glen Cononish track.
Written by Archie Mcwatt on 16 Oct 2006:
Thic circuit took me 7 hours start to finish, mainly due to mountain biking it in from Dalrigh to river crossing, which saved a good bit of time, the road was pretty good for my (non suspension) bike, althought the going was a bit bumpy after Cononish farm. The first view I got of Ben Lui was on leaving Dalrigh when the peak was quite prominent poking through a shroud of mist, the next I saw it was about 30 metres from the summit. The walk down to the Col and up to Ben Chleibh was quite straight forward as was the route back to the river crossing. Overall a very memorable and enjoyable day!!
Written by Chris Bowles on 11 Jul 2005:
Great Hill, climbed from Dalrigh up Coire Gaothaich before going on to Beinn a' Chleibh and then returning over Oss and Dhubhcraig. Very long day, about 11 hours, magnificent views, great day if you feel up to it.
Written by Graham Butcher on 12 Mar 2004:
Climbed up Ben Lui's Central Gully on snow & ice, brilliant. To return to Glen Cononish from Beinn a' Chleibh I would recommend dropping down to the bealach & contouring round to the head of the valley, especially with snow & ice on the mountain.
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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