Walk: Ben Donich dash

[Looking down Loch Goil from the summit]

Small scramble aside, Ben Donich is one of the more straightforward summits in the Arrochar Alps thanks to its position next to the top of the Rest and be Thankful pass. With a decent path all the way to the top, a return trip can be accomplished in a few hours in good conditions. Despite the relative ease of ascent, it yields nothing to its more awkward neighbours in terms of views. The summit cairn is a perfect place to spot many of western Scotland's natural landmarks: lochs Goil, Fyne, Lomond, Awe and the Firth of Clyde; Mull, Arran, the Cumbraes and Ailsa Craig; Ben Cruachan and Ben Nevis among others. Ben Donich's own slopes are also interesting, with a chaos of huge boulders adding drama to the higher parts of the ascent. Beware: the geology has led to deep fissures close to the path in places. Dogs have been lost down these on more than one occasion - plenty of the openings are human-sized too.

[Looking back down the ridge with the scrambly section in view (left) and Ben Lomond behind (right)]

Name: Walk: Ben Donich dash ★★★
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 580 metres
Main summits: Ben Donich (847 metres, Corbett)
Start / finish: Car park off B828 just south-west of Rest and be Thankful, G.R.: NN 228070 / soggy engages protects

Route: Car park - Ben Donich - return by outward route
Terrain: Track for first few hundred metres then good but steep path, fainter only for very short stretches. One short and easy scramble near the top requires hands. Deep fissures next to (and one directly on) the path - care required especially with lying snow.
Wildlife today: A few birds being blown about in the wind.
Weather today: Nearly unbroken sunshine, temperature in mid-teens at the car park but strong east winds.

[Beinn an Lochain (left), Loch Restil & Rest and be Thankful from the ascent]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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