Mull - Ben More and Dun da Ghaoithe

Munros

Ben More (966m, Munro 189)

Corbetts

Dun da Gaoithe* (766m)
 *see Alternative Routes below

Ascent

965m (3170ft)

Distance  

10km (6m)

Time

walking : 4:10hr*, running : 1:20hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent


Main route summary


Having to take a ferry trip from the mainland over to Mull makes hill bagging here just that bit special. Probably due to this, Ben More sees more than its fair share of Munro-bagging round compleations.

Both routes described start from sea-level, so some decent effort will be required to attain the summits. While on Mull, take in some of the other sights including Calgary Bay, Crackaig, Iona and Tobermory.

start/finish Dhiseig
(grid ref : NM494359)

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terrain
easy Easy path, some scree before the summit difficult
navigation
easy Path aids navigation all of the way testing
effort
stroll A sea-level start long day
scenery
ok Superb expansive views from the summit stunning
 
meanings Ben More :
    'big hill'

Dun da Ghaoithe :
    'fort of two winds'
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Getting there
  • The ferrys to Mull travel from Oban, Lochaline and Ardnamuchan and land at Craignuire, Fishnish and Tobermory (see 'Other Information' for the Calmac timetables).
  • From any of these locations, follow the main route to Salen, then turn south-west and drive down the B8035 for 12km to a parking area by the water's edge, just east of the track up to Dhiseig.

Direct route up Ben More
  • Take the track up towards Dhiseig, a house in some trees, then just where the track turn towards the house, leave it and continue uphill on a path following the eastern side of the Abhainn Dhiseig. Underfoot, the going is good, grassy and generally dry.
  • At around c500m, the path crosses the burn, turns south and continues over grass and occasional boulders to reach the bottom of the screes.
  • The path zig-zags through the screes up to the Ben More's summit crest.
  • The cairn sits inside a stone circle. Being an isolated Munro, the views are magnificent in all directions.

Return
  • Return by the same route.

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