Walk: Heavenly hike to Ben Hiant
|[Ben Hiant's north-east ridge]|
As the highest hill on Ardnamurchan and one of the few in the region with a decent path to the top, Ben Hiant is a shapely summit reached by an interesting, grassy ridge. The name possibly translates as Blessed Mountain, and the summit feels pretty close to heaven if the weather gods are smiling on you when you reach the top. Views encompass the whole of the peninsula as well as the neighbouring regions of Morvern and Moidart. Add in the islands of Mull, Muck, Eigg, Rùm and Skye and you have all the ingredients for an impressive summit panorama well worth negotiating the winding access road for.
|[Looking towards upper Loch Sunart from the summit]|
Name: Walk: Heavenly hike to Ben Hiant ★★★★☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Main summits: Ben Hiant (528 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Layby on the B8007 at the bealach between Camas nan Geall and Loch Mudle, G.R.: NM 551641 / relaxed nicer maps
Route: Start - Ben Hiant by north-east ridge - return by outward route
Terrain: Clear, mostly grassy path with a few steep sections, only occasionally wet.
Wildlife today: A few red deer; sheep.
Weather today: Sunny but quite breezy, with temperature in mid-teens.
|[The lower slopes have good views over Loch Mudle to the islands of Eigg, Rùm & Skye (left to right)]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands