Ben More & Stob Binnein

Ben More and Stob Binnein

A great pair of Munros in this area are Ben More and Stob Binnein, lying to the south-east of Crianlarich.

The mountains are typically climbed from Benmore Farm close to Loch Iubhair, off the A85 road, in Glen Dochart. A track heads up the north-west flank of Ben More, gradually steepening, and this is followed right up to the summit of Ben More itself, standing at 1174 metres. There is a hanging corrie on the west side of the mountain and this should be avoided for safety reasons.

To continue to Stob Binnein, a path is followed down the southern ridge of Ben More to the Bealach-eader-dha Beinn, before heading in a southerly direction up the northern ridge of Stob Binnein, followed right up to the summit at 1165 metres. There is a great view from here south into the Balquhidder Hills and the Trossachs, and also of the excellent ridge leading south – another potential route of ascent, if coming from the Trossachs side, from Inverlochlarig, just above where the River Larig flows into Loch Doine, west of Balquhidder.

To descend from Stob Binnein back to Benmore Farm, head back down to the Bealach-eader-dha Beinn, from where you can descend west down to the Benmore Burn, beside which is a track running back down to the farm and your starting point in Glen Dochart.

Safety first

These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to.  It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!

You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes.  You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies.  Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk.  A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, are a necessity.

Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has  been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast.  The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.

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