Ben Cruachan and the Kinglass peaks

The Dalmally Horseshoe above Loch Awe is a stunning ridge of peaks with a particularly fine aspect when viewed from the north. It contains the two Munros of Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh along with other peaks including Taynuillt Peak and the rough Corbett Beinn a'Bhuiridh. The nearby Kinglass Munro pair of Beinn a'Chochuill and Beinn Eunaich are softer in comparison, but offer fine panoramas on clear days.

Main route summary

It is perfectly possibly to combine these two ranges into one route when approaching from the south. There is some easy slogging up grassy hillsides to gain Beinn a'Chochuill, from where a straightforward hike leads to Beinn Eunaich. Some route-finding on steep and pathless ground leads up to some fine ridge walking westewards of Stob Diamh. This culminates in a tricky step just below the main summit of Ben Cruachan, particular care being required in wet or icy conditions.

Having a fairly isolated position, the long distant views from Ben Cruachan are superb, particularly over to Mull and northwards to Etive and Lochaber. It does help to have a bike at Loch Awe, by St Conan's Kirk for the last 3km back to your car.

Munros Beinn Eunaich (989m, Munro 156)
Beinn a'Chochuill (980m, Munro 172)
Stob Diamh (998m, Munro 141)
Ben Cruachan (1126m, Munro 31)
Corbetts Beinn a'Bhuiridh* (897m, Corbett 26)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2100m (6,900ft)
Distance       21km (13m)
Time walk : 8:45hr*, run : 3:45hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Castles Farm
(grid ref : NN137288)

Finish   Lochawe
(grid ref : NN114267)


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Meanings  Ben Cruachan : 'heaped hill'
Stob Diamh : 'peak of the stag'
Beinn Eunaich : 'fowling hill'
Beinn a'Chochuill : 'hill of the cowl'
Beinn a'Bhuiridh : 'hill of the table'

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