Ben Cruachan & Stob Daimh
Cruachan Horseshoe, Argyll and Bute
Many thanks to M. Turton for his Route Write-up
Ben Cruachan (Gaelic: Cruach na Beinne) consists of a long
rocky ridge. Along this ridge there are two peaks ranked as
Munros, Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh and a Corbett, Beinn a'
Bhuiridh which make up the Cruachan horseshoe surround the power
The ascent of Ben Cruachan is steep but straightforward and
similarly so the traverse to Stob Diamh.
Top of Ben Cruachan
- This circular hill walk starts at the layby on A85 near
Falls of Cruachan railway station.
- Follow the path up and through the tunnel under the railway
line and then to the left and climb up a woodland path over
rocks and tree roots emerging into a somewhat boggy area leading
up to the Cruachan dam. Follow the road to the right of the
reservoir then pick your way carefully across boggy grassland
up towards the initial peak of Stob Garbh (980m) then along
and up to Stob Daimh (998m). This is a good lunch stop with
great views down to the reservoir, Loch Awe and Loch Etive
and the Horseshoe.
- Then head left down then along the ridge then an easy scramble
up rock slabs to Drochaid Ghlas (1009m). Keep scrambling left
along and up to Ben Cruachan itself (1126m). Great views out
over ArdnaMurchan and Mull from the top.
- Return by heading directly down the rock slabs towards
Meall Cuanail but cross a fence left into Coire Dearg and
follow a boggy path of sorts to the left of a burn leading
down into the reservoir. Eventually you reach the track down
the side of the reservoir and then climb down a ladder and
steps past the dam and over to the way you came up earlier
to find the path down through the woodland and under the rail
tunnel back to the layby.
- This was in fine sunny weather and took 7.5 hours (2.5
hours being back from the top of Ben Cruachan). A torch could
be useful to have for the descent through the woods and the
tunnel in case it is getting dark by then!
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