Ben Loyal has a very distinctive profile, leading to it being known as the Queen of Scottish Mountains. Rising in an isolated position above the north coast, it makes a fantastic day out. The long ridge with four peaks offers superb 360 degree views of bog, moor, mountains and sea.
Easy tracks to begin with but the lower part of the mountain is extremely boggy with burn crossings. The ascent is pathless, steep and wet underfoot. The ridge itself gives pleasant walking; minor scrambling on the tors.
None to start, nearest bus stop, Tongue.
Car parking area off start of track to Ribigil.
Hillwalking in Winter
Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
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