Ben Klibreck

The "2nd Most Northerly Munro" - by Jackie Carson

Start Point: Large lay-by on the side of the A836
Grid Reference: OS Sheet 16, GR 553318, A836 between Lairg and Altnaharra
Time: 5 - 7 hours 
View Location: Scalable multimap
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View from Altnaharra
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Introduction

As you have perhaps already read in my route to Ben Hope, Ben Klibreck can be climbed on the same day as Ben Hope as there is only a 30 minute drive between the two hills. On the summit we met a large group who were planning on visiting both peaks in the same day. We however, took the hillwalking at a more leisurely pace and enjoyed Ben Hope the day before. Lairg was the base point, which was ideal given that it's situated about 30 minutes from the start point for this hill walk.

Ben Klibreck is a large hill encompassing several summits the highest being Meall nan Con. The whole ridge could be traversed easily by starting from Vagastie. We opted for the more direct approach starting several kilometres further north along the A836. The photos provide a great overview of the day; although, if this was shopping page there would have to be hearty disclaimer detailing how "Goods may be found in significantly different to condition to the advertisement." I particularly like the shot above from Altnaharra showing the clouds just clambering up the back of the hill... blue sky can just be a bit boring sometimes... can't it?!

 
 

Route

  • The start point we used for this walk is a large lay-by on the side of the A836. There is space for several cars here.
  • From the car follow the obvious track down to the river and cross over. We had no problem. If the river is in spate (avoiding the obvious puns...) it could be crossed by a bridge located 2 km south along the A836, GR NC538289. Parking is available here on the side of the road.
  • Once over the river pick up a rough track skirting the deer fence. This track soon peters out. Head SE aiming for the southern edge of Loch na Glas-choille, GR 557303.
  • From this loch follow the fence posts skirting to the north of Meall nan Uan to the northern edge of Loch na Uan, GR 568296.
looking east from the summit Ben Klibreck from Vagastie Creag an Lochain from Ben Klibreck summit
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  • From here there is only one way and that's up. It's a case of choosing the gradient you are happiest with and going for it. We contoured S then aiming for a break in the rocks just below the ridge headed straight up before contouring North again to hit the col, 688m GR 577291.
   
  • A gentler approach could have been made by starting further S on the A836, GR 538289 or GR 535282 and picking up the SW ridge of Ben Klibreck.

  • From the col follow the track to the minor top A'Chioch, 747m GR NC579299.

  • The track continues almost due West climbing steeply to the summit of Meall nan Con, 961m GR 585299.
  • To return retrace steps to the col, 688m GR 577291 and pick up a rough track that picks its way down through the crags.

the writer and photographer at the summit
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Ben Loyal over Loch nan Uan
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  • Once on the open hillside the only way is down. The decent is steep but it was easy going due to the damp ground.

  • Head for the track on the East side of Loch nan Uan and retrace steps north of the loch picking up the fence line again.

  • Skirt the south edge of Loch na Glas-choille returning to the car by the earlier route.

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