Ben Wyvis and Little Wyvis


Ben Wyvis, Glas Leathad Mor
 (1046m, Munro 85)


Little Wyvis* (764m)
 *see alternative routes below


960m (3,150ft)


12km (7.5m)


walking : 4:35hr*, running : 2:15hr,
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Main route summary

The Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage have improved the access to this Munro from what was once a wet peat path that winded up through the heather, to what is now a wonderful well constructed path up to the slopes of An Cabar. But don't be fooled, although this is Inverness's 'Ben', the featureless whale-back summit plateau can catch out even the most experienced hillwalker when their guard and the mist are down. Due to this mountain's isolation the views are wonderful, but if you venture north from the summit and explore the minor tops you'll find even more interest with more summits, hidden lochans and crags.

Many years ago, a group of us were going up to Ben Wyvis to accompany one of our mates on his last Munro, only to find someone else was also doing exactly the same thing. So it was whiskey AND champagne at the trig-point. I wonder how many people leave this as their last Munro ?

start/finish nr Garbat
(grid ref : NH412674)


GPS data download GPX file of this route

easy Good path, then grass difficult
easy Obvious path most of the way, tricky in snow and mist testing
easyA quick jog or gentle afternoon strolllong day
ok Fantastic views in all directions stunning
meanings Wyvis :
main route outlineprint route
Getting there
Start from new car-park, just to the south of the bridge on the A835 over the Allt Bhealaich Mhoir. Note that there is a height restricting barrier, therefore high vehicles will need to park just along the road in one of the lay-bys. Beware, the midges here can be savage !

Ben Wyvis
  • The path from the car-park travels northwards parallel to the road for a short distance to a footbridge of the river.
  • Cross the bridge, then turn right, head through a gate and start to climb on a well constructed path uphill following the Allt a'Bhealaich Mhoir.
  • Progress is easy on this, with plenty opportunity to stop and take in the changing views as you ascend.
  • After around 750m, a track is crossed and from here much of the forest has been felled.
  • After around 2km, the track starts to level, the Forestry Commission land is exited and Scottish Natural Heritage managed land is entered.
  • The path continues south-east for a bit, then turns north-east to avoid the errosion on the peat left by the old path (now barely detectable).
  • It comes back on itself, then turns eastwards and steepens with stone steps put in by path-builders.
  • Now climbing east, the obvious path travels to the summit of An Cabar, where two small cairns sit, the second on the top's summit.
  • Leave An Cabar and head north-east on an obvious worn path.
  • SNH have erected some temporary small cairns to encourage walkers to keep to one path, allowing some of the mountain's surface to recover from errosion.
  • If the mist is down, then it's easy to feel lost quite quickly, however continue in a north-east direction and further on, you'll find another small cairn, then some fence-posts to follow to Ben Wyvis's summit, Glas Leathad Mor.
  • In fine weather this is an excellent spot to spend some time taking in the wonderful views. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Cairngorms, Ben Nevis and up to Ben Mor Assynt.
  • The area has an abundant wildlife and, depending on the season, you may be lucky enough to spot dotterel or ptarmigan.

The easiest and probably best route back is to retrace your steps back, possibly skipping out the summit of An Cabar via a by-pass path that heads off right as you approach the cairn.

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