Ben Alder from Beinn Bheoil

Ben Alder (Beinn Eallair)

Munro mountain west of Loch Ericht

Ben Alder is a remote massive mountain with an abundance of cliffs, corries and ridges all leading to a huge summit plateau with what is reputed to be Scotland's highest lochan.

Ben Alder (Beinn Eallair)

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Height 1148m
Prominence 783m
Meaning hill of rock and water
Lists Munro, 25
Location Alder Forest, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid Ref NN496718
Lat/Lon 56.8137, -4.46538

Driving down the A9, approaching Dalwhinnie, you can't miss the massive hulk of Ben Alder, most likely crowned with snow glistening in sunshine. Ben Alder has a vast plateau sitting above cliffs, corries and crags and holds Lochan a' Garbh Coire - reputed to be the highest lochan in the country.

There are many routes up Ben Alder, but probably the finest is to take either the Long Leachas or the Short Leachas up onto the plateau. These ridges involve some easy rock-scrambling, both in fabulous situations. Linked to Ben Alder via the Bealach Breabag at a height of 830m is the Beinn Bheoil, taken together these Munros make for a fabulous circular route from Culra around Loch a'Bhealaich Bheithe.

Because of its remote situation, hill-walkers often camp or stay in the bothies nearby. There are two bothies - Ben Alder Cottage on Loch Ericht and Culra Bothy. At time of writing, Culra Bothy is closed due to asbestos and there are currently no plans to replace it.

Hillwalking routes up Ben Alder (Beinn Eallair)

1. Ben Alder 6 Munros »

One of the finest ways to reach Ben Alder is a cycle down Loch Ericht followed by a circular route from Culra Bothy. Lots to encounter - high plateaus, lochans, ridges, fantastic views - all while bagging 6 Munros !
Ascent : 2400m (7870ft)    Distance : 56km (35m)    Time : 11:5hr

2. Ben Alder via the Long Leachas »

Heading up Ben Alder via the Long Leachas ridge is possibly the finest way to appreciate this wonderful mountain. The rock-scrambling is straightforward, quite easy and not particularly exposed. Add in Beinn Bheoil on the return to Culra to complete a great Munro-bagging circular route.
Ascent : 1475m (4840ft)    Distance : 48km (30m)    Time : 7:30hr

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Morning mist clearing Ben Alder's Leachas RidgesMorning mist clearing Ben Alder's Leachas Ridges
Ben Alder from the path south of CulraBen Alder from the path south of Culra
On Ben Alder's summit plateau in winterOn Ben Alder's summit plateau in winter
Looking up Ben Alder's Long Leachas RidgeLooking up Ben Alder's Long Leachas Ridge
On Ben Alder's summit looking to The Fara and Loch ErichtOn Ben Alder's summit looking to The Fara and Loch Ericht
Ben Alder from CulraBen Alder from Culra

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