Ben Loyal

Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation

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.

Public Transport

None to start, nearest bus stop, Tongue.


Car parking area off start of track to Ribigil. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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 Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

Users' reports

As well as reading our description of each walking route, you can read about the experiences of others users on this walk and others.
There are 12 user reports for this walk - click to read them.

Write your own report - there's £90 to win at Webtogs each month
Add this walk to your wishlist.

  • Currently 3.38/5

User Rating
Log in to vote
Grade (key)

bog factorbog factorbog factorbog factor
Bog Factor (key)