Walk: Ben Wyvis - Hill of Terror?

[946 metre An Cabar defends the southwest extremity of the ridge]

North of the Great Glen, Ben Wyvis is easily the highest mountain in the eastern Highlands - in fact, it's the name of whole sprawling massif of high plateau, with deep corries separating broad ridges. Despite one possible translation of Ben Wyvis as "Hill of Terror", this summit should hold no fears in good weather: the quickest, most obvious ascent route is by a good path, making it one of the busier Munros. From the top, the view can encapsulate hills as diverse as the Cairngorms, Cuillins and Ben Nevis, as well as much of the Black Isle with Aberdeenshire beyond... at least, if it's not foggy.

[Excellent paths and views help with the steep climb to An Cabar]

Name: Walk: Ben Wyvis - Hill of Terror?
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 940 metres
Main summits: An Cabar (946 metres); Glas Leathad Mor (1046 metres, Munro)
Start / finish: Car park on A835 south of Garbat, G.R.: NH 410671 / money serious guidebook

Route: Car park - An Cabar via Allt a' Bhealaich Mhoir - Glas Leathad Mor - return by outward route
Terrain: Excellent paths, steep on ascent to An Cabar, faint and eroded on plateau beyond.
Wildlife today: Red kite circling over car park, two pairs of ptarmigan on plateau.
Weather today: Mostly overcast with the occasional sunny spell lower down but fog above about 900 metres, with occasional drizzly showers. High winds on plateau with ice crystals freezing onto clothing. Huge snow cornices on eastern edge of plateau, clear of path.

[An inhospitable Ben Wyvis summit, cornice edge visible upper-right]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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