Walk: Scintillating Stob Ban - White Peak treat

Highland | Mamores | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Stob Bàn]

Stob Bàn (White Peak) is one of the most eye-catching peaks in the rocky Mamores range, its quartzite peak just shy of the 1,000 metre mark despite its massive summit cairn. Pairing it with the aptly-named Mullach nan Coirean (summit of the corries) gives a grand ridge walk with no scrambling despite plenty of steep and rocky terrain on Stob Bàn. Decent paths help, particularly on the climb into Coire a' Mhusgain early on in the day, and the views of the more popular Ring of Steall (the continuation of the same ridge further east), Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis are nothing short of spectacular for almost all of the route. Don't forget to check out the Lower Falls on the River Nevis before beginning the ascent out of the glen.

[Ring of Steall from Stob Bàn]

📌 Walk: Scintillating Stob Ban - White Peak treat ★★★★
Start / finish at small car park on minor road at Achriabhach, Glen Nevis, 4 mi southeast of Fort William, G.R.: NN 143683 ///baths.likes.fast. Alternative car park (with charge) also on the route at Glen Nevis Lower Falls, 300 m east.

▶ 13 km / 8 mi | ▲ 1160 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Glen Nevis Lower Falls ★★; △ Stob Bàn (999 m, Munro); △ Mullach nan Coirean (939 m, Munro)
Terrain: Path for vast majority of route, mostly of reasonable quality. Stob Bàn has steep and rocky sections and a boulderfield; some bog before entering the forest on descent to car park.

Route & map

Car park - Glen Nevis Lower Falls - Coire a' Mhusgain - bealach between Stob Bàn & Sgùrr nan Iubhair - Stob Bàn - Mullach nan Coirean - ridge to Sròn Riabhach - descend to & through forestry - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep and lambs, frogs, tadpoles, dragonflies, spittlebugs, hairy caterpillars, enormous slugs...
Weather: Unbroken sunshine with light, cooling breeze; 20°C+ at glen level.

Chronological photo guide

[Glen Nevis Lower Falls]

[Good views of Ben Nevis early on in the walk]

[Glen Nevis from the ascent]

[Coire a' Mhusgain]

[Stob Bàn]

[Looking back down the Allt Coire a' Mhusgain]

[Glen Nevis from the bealach]

[Sgùrr a' Mhàim from the bealach]

[Ascent of Stob Bàn]

[Ben Nevis (left) & Sgùrr a' Mhàim from the ascent of Stob Bàn]

[Looking south over the Allt Nathrach from the summit of Stob Bàn]

[Ring of Steall from Stob Bàn summit]

[Glen Nevis]

[Ridge ahead to Mullach nan Coirean]

[Ring of Steall from the descent of Stob Bàn]

[Looking back to the descent from Stob Bàn]

[Ridge to Mullach nan Coirean]

[Mullach nan Coirean]

[Stob Bàn & Loch Leven]

[Ridge to Mullach nan Coirean]

[Ben Nevis beyond Coire Dearg]

[Respite on the approach to Mullach nan Coirean!]

[Mullach nan Coirean]

[Looking west towards Loch Linnhe & Morvern]

[The descent from Mullach nan Coirean is fairly gentle at first...]

[...but steepens and eventually becomes briefly boggy lower down]

[Return through forestry (deforested at the time of our visit)]

[Final descent]

[Waterfall on the Allt a' Choire Dheirg]


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