On Monday, my friend Philipp and I fulfilled a long-standing ambition by walking the entire Ben Lui ridge in one day, starting from Dalmally when the train came at 1045 in the morning and arriving into Tyndrum in time for the last train back at 1915. It's about 25km, and goes over four Munros - Beinn a'Chleibh (916m), Ben Lui (or Beinn Laoigh to give it its Sunday name - 1130m), Ben Oss (1029m) and my old nemesis Beinn Dubhcraig (978m). You can see our approximate route at
1. The beginning of the walk in.
2. The ground didn't stay that nice - we had to walk over a lot of horrible clumpy grass. At least it wasn't too wet underfoot, as it had been on previous visits.
3. We had this small hill in view for most of our ascent of Beinn a'Chleibh. It's less than the magic 3,000 feet, so it Doesn't Count :-)
4. Ben Lui, from the summit of Beinn a'Chleibh.
5. Looking back at Beinn a'Chleibh from the saddle point between the two mountains. Looks like there could be some interesting climbing there... (we came up the other side, which is much less dramatic).
6. The view from most of the way up Ben Lui.
7. Looking back down at Beinn a'Chleibh. Note the size of the people in the snow patch.
8. The summit of Ben Lui, from the North Summit. The classic climb up Coire Gaothaich is on the left.