Ben More and Stob Binnein from Cruach Ardrain

Crianlarich Munros

Routes up Ben More, Cruach Ardrain, An Caisteal & neighbours

Ben More and Stob Binnein are prominent landmarks from Scotland's Central Belt. Ben More is a bulky hill from all directions, whereas Stob Binnein has a more defined, elegant shape with it's sliced-off top. These two high peaks, combined with the five neighbouring smaller peaks to the west make for a fairly long but spectacular high-level route.

The peaks can be ticked off in smaller chunks over 3 days, for this, see 'Alternative Routes' below.

Note the route needs 3 different OS Landranger maps, 2 different OS Explorer maps, or just one of the Harvey maps !

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap

There are four major dips in the route, with the last of these - the haul up Stob Binnein from the head of Benmore Glen - demanding all the strength that is left in your legs, having just done the five previous Munros.

Lower down, the hills are accessed via good tracks and paths, though depending on the weather, some of the ground can be saturated.

Higher up, most of the route across the ridges is on obvious paths. Crossing the connecting dips however is done mostly over pathless grassy ground and will require navigation skills in mist.

Munros An Caisteal (995m, Munro 147)
Beinn Chabhair (933m, Munro 244)
Beinn a'Chroin (942m, Munro 231)
Beinn Tulaichean (946m, Munro 220)
Cruach Ardrain (1046m, Munro 85)
Stob Binnein (1165m, Munro 18)
Ben More (1174m, Munro 16)
Ascent 3400m (11,200ft)
Distance       30km (19m)
Time walking : 13hr*
running : 6:20hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   A82, 2km south of Crianlarich
(grid ref : NN370240)

Finish   Ben More Farm
(grid ref : NN415260)


Which map to choose ?
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stroll long day
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Meanings  Ben More : 'big mountain'
Stob Binnein : 'conical peak'
Beinn Tulaichean : 'hill of the hillocks'
Cruach Ardrain : 'stack of the high part'
An Caisteal : 'the castle'
Beinn a'Chroin : 'hill of the sheepfold'
Beinn Chabhair : 'hill of the hawk'

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