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Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views


Postby denfinella » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:09 pm

Route description: Ben Hiant, Ardnamurchan

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Ben Hiant

Date walked: 25/08/2016

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 347m

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Our first trip to Ardnamurchan started with a short wander up Ben Hiant. It's the highest hill on the peninsula, but the main road goes right round the base and there's a short path all the way to the top. Our first proper view of the hill was from the roadside viewpoint above Camas nan Geall just to the east.

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The road then swings round to the north and heads over a low pass a couple of miles away. Handily the path to the summit starts from the summit of the pass, reducing the ascent to an easy 350 metres. Setting off from the roadside, we were the only car at the parking area.


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The path follows the hill's east "ridge", which is always fairly broad although narrow enough to give views off both sides. From the lower section, the best views are to the north over attractively-named Loch Mudle, backed by Eigg and Rum:

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A couple of deer wandered away across the northern slopes:

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Heading up the lower part of the ridge:

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The path is excellent - fairly narrow but clear and rarely boggy. At about 350 metres the summit comes into view again (background):

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View east over eastern Ardnamurchan:

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After another short, steeper pull to 450 metres the rest of the ridge can be seen. The summit still looked quite far away but it's actually only another 80 metres of vertical or so:

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The ridge swings directly east with good views over Loch Sunart:

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South-east into the sun and towards Morvern:

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The path climbs up round the back of the summit area to reach the trig point - a wonderful viewpoint.

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There was a fellow walker on the summit, and we met several more groups of people on descent. The parking area was nearly full on return - not helped by us having parked sideways - this seems to be a surprisingly popular walk. A lovely intro to Ardnamurchan, before we carried on west to explore the tip of the peninsula. I suspect most of the other hills in this area aren't quite so straightforward...
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby Blokewithastroke » Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:44 pm

You seem to be definitely trying to sell a visit to Ardnamurchan to me! I first noticed the place some years back when we visited Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. More latterly, whilst on holiday at the foot of Glen Coe we had a walk from Strontian - almost there! If only the weather could be promised to be quite as brilliant as it was on the day you were there, I could be persuaded to go! The view from the top of Ben Hiant is magnificent. We shall see...
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby denfinella » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:49 pm

Blokewithastroke wrote:You seem to be definitely trying to sell a visit to Ardnamurchan to me! I first noticed the place some years back when we visited Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. More latterly, whilst on holiday at the foot of Glen Coe we had a walk from Strontian - almost there! If only the weather could be promised to be quite as brilliant as it was on the day you were there, I could be persuaded to go! The view from the top of Ben Hiant is magnificent. We shall see...


Definitely worth it! I still haven't been to Mull yet...

Btw, after you've driven the road west from Strontian you'll realise that "almost there" doesn't really apply in this case :lol:
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Tue Oct 04, 2016 2:22 pm

Lovey photos - very tempting :D
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby denfinella » Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:19 pm

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Lovey photos - very tempting :D


Thanks Huff_n_Puff - perfect weather up there at the moment, so no time like the present!
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby dogplodder » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:24 pm

What a beautiful day and lovely looking hill!

Must include this one if ever we're in the area. 8)
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby denfinella » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:17 pm

dogplodder wrote:What a beautiful day and lovely looking hill!

Must include this one if ever we're in the area. 8)


Thanks dogplodder (sorry for late reply). Ardnamurchan definitely worth visiting, that's for sure!
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Re: Ben Hiant - Blessed Mountain views

Postby BobMcBob » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:11 pm

Lovely, I did this a while back and forgot my camera so it's nice to see it again :) I remember thinking that the hardest part about getting to the top was the seemingly endless drive down the road :D Thanks for sharing that, sometimes the little hills punch above their weight.
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