Walk: Ben Stack - direct (ridge) line to heaven

[Ben Stack from the approach ridge]

In clear weather, the prominent rock line jutting out of grassland creates an easily followed and arrow-straight route directly to the top of Ben Stack, a wonderful viewpoint for the maze of lochans and wild country between here and the Atlantic Ocean. Loch Stack and the mesmerising quartzite massif of Arkle are breathtakingly beautiful accompaniments to the breathtakingly relentless ascent: mostly pathless, but it's less than three miles to the top. The short distances involved could make this hill an ideal candidate for a pit-stop on the North Coast 500... since it feels you can see most of it from the tiny twin summits.

[The view that greets you around the 550 metre mark is spectacular]

Name: Walk: Ben Stack - direct (ridge) line to heaven ★★☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 700 metres
Main summits: Ben Stack (720 metres, Graham)
Start / finish: Car park on the A838 under a mile north of Achfary, G.R.: NC 297402 / magma wake juggles

Route: Car park - leave road at NC 296401 - Leathad na Stioma - Ben Stack by southeast ridge - start by outward route
Terrain: Faint track at first, then mainly pathless up the ridge with the odd hint of a trodden route.
Wildlife today: Not much...
Weather today: Mostly sunny with large clouds about and strong, gusty winds. Rainbow on the return thanks to a nearby rain shower.
Anything else? For summit baggers, the true summit is beyond the trig point, on the opposite mini-summit.

[Arkle dominates views to the north-east]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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