A solitary massif, standing far apart from any mountains of similar stature, Ben Wyvis is the biggest thing near the east coast anywhere in Britain, its rounded bulk dominating the skyline north of the Cromarty Firth. Easily accessed from towns such as Inverness and Dingwall, this is a popular Munro, and though large parts of its sprawl remain obscure you'll rarely find solitude on the standard route described here. But rightly so: it's an enjoyable walk on a unique hill, with wide-ranging views and a great sense of height and space.
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Distance: 8.70 miles (14 km)
Total ascent: 916m
Time: 5 hours (Walking)
Ben Wyvis car park signed off the A835, NH409671
A well-made path through the woods and up the steep western spur of An Cabar. Up on the summit ridge it's gently rolling, mossy ground.
The steep, grassy flanks of Ben Wyvis can be bad for avalanches. Where the summit ridge narrows south of Glas Leathad Mor, the eastern edge may be heavily corniced, and in poor visibility some care may be needed here. Thanks to its height and isolated position, Ben Wyvis can be very windy at any time of year.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Ben Wyvis is more easily accessible by public transport than most Munros in northern Scotland. The nearby village of Garve is on the rail network. Buses from Inverness to Ullapool use the A835 at the foot of the mountain and it may be possible to be dropped at the start of the walk.
The Munros, SMC
OS Explorer 437 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 20 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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