Climbing our highest mountain

Scotland has 282 Mountains over 3000ft and one of them, Ben More, is here on Mull.

As a Munro, we get visitors coming to the island just to climb it and strike it off the list. On our last climb we met a hiker who had bagged everyone except Ben More and as we reached the summit there was an emotional ceremony to celebrate his final ascent. For us though it was our first of 282 Munros, and one I could keep on repeating when the weather is this good.

Ben More is 966M (3169ft) and as you start right from the sea shore at Loch na Keal, you’re climbing every foot of it.

Half way up and the views are already fantastic.

Cousins getting emotional at altitude.

Walking up the ridge with a glimpse of the more advanced route below.

Be prepared for the mist. (Different day this one, but it did clear off dramatically) It gets very cold and wet, walking in clouds.

Ben More Fact: It’s the 6th ‘most prominent’ mountain in Britain.
Source: Jim Bloomer’s Prominent Peaks

Great to be here.

And back down again, when the pain begins in the thighs!

Ben More is 50 minutes drive by car from Glengorm. For the ‘tourist route’ as shown here, head along the B8035, West from Salen for 7.8 miles where you will see a track on your left and sign for ‘Ben More Estate’. You can park here on the grass on the right. Walk time 4 hours approx.

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