Ben More

Mull - by Jackie Carson

Start Point: road side of the B8035 adjacent to the bridge over the Abhainn na h-Uamha
Grid Reference: OS Sheet 48, GR507368, B8035
Time: 5-6 hours
View Location: Scalable multimap
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Introduction

Never having been to Mull before I was looking forward to this outing. The journey over was under clear blue skies. I knew the forecast for the following day wasn't as good but I still spent the evening imagining the fantastic views I was going to get. Why did I bother?

 

I woke to clouds at less than 500 m. It did brighten as I set off but as I gained height it started to close in and by the time I reached the ridge I was fully in the cloud.

In summary this was a great day out though I did feel cheated by the weather and regretted my decision to get the ferry on Saturday rather than on the Friday as originally planned. The views I believe are fantastic. Good job I've got a great imagination. This hill has to be climbed by the NE ridge. It's not hard, I managed it on my own in low cloud.


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I walked the majority of the ridge in the cloud (as with the Devil's Ridge, the Forcan ridge and the Aonach Eagach) but things cleared towards the summit and I found myself standing above the cloud base, eating my lunch in bright sunshine.

I will be back on Mull, not only to climb Ben More in the sun but there are several other fantastic looking hills. Though I could well retire from Scottish hillwalking until global warming kicks in North of the border.

 

Route

  • The start point for this hill is at the road side of the B8035 adjacent to the bridge over the Abhainn na h-Uamha.

  • Follow the stream through increasing boggy ground into Gleann na Beinne Fada aiming for the col between Beinn Fhada and Ben More, 530 m, GR537345.
  • The route down is very straightforward. A track descends from the summit and follows the NW ridge of the hill eventually picking up the Abhainn Dhiseig.

  • The upper section is rocky and well marked by a series of cairns. Once the rock runs out at around 700 m the path is easily recognisable even in cloud.

  • To return to the car skirt below An Gearna and cut across the wet boggy grass. I continued along the stream picking up the track and returned to the B8035 at GR495359 where the family picked me up. This is the start point if the ridge walk is to be avoided.

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