About a half-hour drive south from Killin Highland Lodges stands Ben More. This is known for being one of the most remote of the Munros in the Loch Lomand & The Trossachs National Park. At 1174m, it’s the 16th highest peak in Scotland.
Ben More dominates the skyline of Crianlarich and the surrounding area. As a result, it was given the very Scottish name Ben More, which is Gaelic for Big Hill. It’s such a good name, in fact, that you’ll find a total of four Munros with the same one.
This Ben More is a distinctive shape. That is to say that from the correct angle could almost be a perfect pyramid. This unusual shape is what makes it such a challenging climb. If its form isn’t enough to help you identify it, then the presence of snow might help as well. Ben More is one of the few mountains in the area that can have snow all the way through to July.
At the summit of Ben More, you will find a large cairn, which marks the beautiful views you get over the surrounding areas.
Climbing Ben More is not easy. There are several points where there is no trail, and you have to pass through boggy land. There are points where you will need to scramble up the cliffside. This is definitely not a walk for beginners.
If you plan to go, you should be physically fit and well prepared with the correct kit.
The walking route starts from Ben More Farm. Many people will make a loop of the walk. This way, you can add in Stob Binnein on the same walk, the whole area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which means there are several interesting plant varieties as well as incredible wildlife such as buzzards and golden eagles, red deer, mountain hare, and red grouse.
The whole loop takes around 4.5hr and offers not only stunning views but the chance to walk through some genuinely unique habitats.
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