With some of the biggest and wildest hills in the central highlands, the Ben Alder area makes for a great remote weekend taking in two fantastic scrambles, several hard-won Munros, and some excellent ridge walking. A good chunk of the distance is on an estate track, for which a mountain bike will relieve the tired feet, although the walk is just as enjoyable. Fitting neatly into a weekend (if the initial track is done on Friday evening) the route is best split into three sections with many potential camping spots.
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Distance: 37.78 miles (60.80 km)
Total ascent: 2,401m
Time: 18 – 25 hours (Walking)
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Carn Dearg - Diollaid a' Chairn 925 m
Geal-Charn 1132 m
Aonach Beag 1116 m
Geal-Charn - Sgor Iutharn 1028 m
Beinn Eibhinn 1102 m
Beinn Bheoil 1019 m
Beinn Bheoil - Sron Coire na h-Iolaire 956 m
Ben Alder 1148 m
An easy track to approach - very viable by bike. Some pathless terrain, brief easy scrambling on the Long Leachas ridge and the Lancet Edge, with some exposure.
The Long Leachas and Lancet Edge are both grade I winter climbs.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: East Highlands
Unlike most of the Highlands public transport links are excellent, with a regular train service to Dalwhinnie.
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