Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra
Ben Alder is one of the great remote mountains of Scotland, set in the very heart of the Central Highlands. Approaches are long from any direction; Corrour Station gives the nearest access from the west, whilst it is possible to approach from Loch Rannoch in the south. The finest approach, however, is from Culra bothy to the northeast (accessed via a long walk-in or cycle from Dalwhinnie). From the ascent gives a grand circuit with very simple scrambling.
Some pathless ground on approach and descent, and simple scrambling on the Long Leachas ridge. Descent from Ben Alder to the bealach is down a steep open slope; navigation could be difficult here and on the plateau.
No road access to Culra. Dalwhinnie rail station is very convenient for the walk-in to Culra.
Culra bothy; no vehicular access.
Hillwalking in Winter
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