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Ben Wyvis Walking

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.

Stormy day on Ben Wyvis  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
Stormy day on Ben Wyvis
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NH4100367233 From the car park follow the path northeast, parallel to the road. Cross a footbridge then take the well-made path east, uphill through the woods beside the Allt a' Bhealaich Mhoir. Cross a forest track and continue by the burn up out of the trees towards the Bealach Mor between Ben Wyvis and Little Wyvis. The peak of An Cabar is obvious ahead.

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NH4347166495 Stay with the stony made-up trail as it cuts up left and then zigzags up the steep west spur of An Cabar. Pass a giant boulder - a potentially sheltered spot for a break on a windy day - to reach the summit. One of three Munro Tops on Ben Wyvis, An Cabar forms the southern end of its high summit ridge; the hard uphill work is now done.

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NH4504366582 Bear north-northeast along the broad, rolling ridge, which is joyously easy underfoot. Ben Wyvis is a National Nature Reserve known for its upland flora and fauna - look out for wildlife such as ptarmigan and mountain hares. Pass over the wide minor top of Carn a' Chaiptean, then follow the better-defined final ridge up to the mountain's high point, Glas Leathad Mor. In heavy winter conditions the trig point on top may be buried under snow.
Coire na Feola, Ben Wyvis  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
Coire na Feola, Ben Wyvis
© Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com, Feb 2021

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NH4629768383 While it is possible to continue north to Tom a' Choinnich before dropping back west to complete a circuit through the forestry back to the car park, most people will be happy to return the way they came. On the approach to An Cabar, an obvious traverse path on the west flank saves a bit of unnecessary height gain.

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