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

Highland | Achfary | Half day walk | ★★★★

[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. For summit baggers, the true summit is beyond the trig point, on the opposite mini-summit.

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

📌 Walk: Ben Stack - direct (ridge) line to heaven ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on A838 half a mile north of Achfary, G.R.: NC 297402 ///magma.wake.juggles

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 700 m | ⌚ Half a day | Tough
Summits: Ben Stack (720 m, Graham)
Terrain: Faint track at first, then mainly pathless up the ridge with the odd hint of a trodden route.

Route & map

Car park - leave road at G.R.: NC 296401 - Leathad na Stioma - Ben Stack by southeast ridge - start by outward route


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Not much...
Weather: Mostly sunny with large clouds about and strong, gusty winds. Rainbow on the return thanks to a nearby rain shower.

[Arkle dominates views to the north-east]

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