Ben More & Stob Binnein

 

Start Point: Ben More farm
Grid Reference: OS sheet 51 - starting point Grid ref 414226
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Ben More 1174m - Grid ref 432244
Stob Binnien 1165m - Grid ref 434226


Introduction

In his book "The Munros" Cameron McNeish starts of with "These hills are the Castor and Pollux of the the Scottish Highlands....."

Ehh? What is he talking about? Is this some kind of rhyming slang or is it an obscure literary reference that I obviously know nothing about?
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Looking to Stob Binnein from Ben More

Enough said, we had a superb day walking these two hills as for once the weather was awesome and it wasn't yet midgie season. The opportunists of the group also took on a spot of downhill sledging, courtesy of a bivi bag and some waterproof trousers.
 

Route

  • The starting point is at Ben More farm, where the owner has kindly put up a sign to the mountain and provided a stile over the barbed wire fence........much appreciated.
  • From the moment you get out of the car it's clear where you're going as you can see the full mountain before you. It's quite an awesome sight and sets the tone of the walk for the initial climb.

  • Make your way up the landrover track for a few hundred metres, then take a SE bee line for the top heading up the ridge. Earlier I mentioned the initial climb ....... what I meant was the continuous climb. The contours tell no lies, this is a major slog all the way to the peak of Ben More with no respite whatsoever.

  • From the top of Ben More there is a classic view of the ridge running up to Stob Binnein, not forgetting to mention the views of the Mamlorn hills to the North.

  • Stob Binnein is relatively straight forward, simply head south from the summit of Ben More then from the Bealach walk SSE to the summit.

  • For the return home, the easiest way is to back track to the bealach (GR 433236), then drop down west into the valley and follow the Benmore Burn back to the farm.

    This is one of the best days hillwalking I've had. The weather was perfect, the scenery was fantastic and the company wasn't too bad either.

 

Rest at the summit
Grant & Stuart on Ben More

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