Ben Alder and Beinn Bheòil from Culra

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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 (closed but you can camp nearby) to the northeast, accessed via a long walk-in or cycle from Dalwhinnie.


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.

Public Transport

No road access to Culra. Dalwhinnie rail station is very convenient for the walk-in to Culra.


Culra bothy; no vehicular access. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

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