Ben Wyvis and Little Wyvis

Ben Wyvis is the long and large 'whale-backed' mountain dominating the landscape north of the Black Isle and Inverness. Ben Wyvis has several peaks on its massif plateau, including a Munro summit - Glas Leathad Mor. Little Wyvis lies just to the south separated from Ben Wyvis by the Bealach Mor.

Main route summary

Ben Wyvis, often referred to as Inverness's 'Ben' is a popular hill. The Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage own much of the ground and have improved the access to Ben Wyvis and enlarged the car-park. From what was once a wet peat path that winded up through the heather, there is now a wonderful well constructed path up the slopes of An Cabar.

But don't be led into a false sense of security by the obviousness of the path - the featureless whale-back summit plateau of Ben Wyvis 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 venture north from the summit and explore the minor tops where you'll find even more interest with more summits, hidden lochans and crags.

Munros Ben Wyvis, Glas Leathad Mor (1046m, Munro 85)
Corbetts Little Wyvis* (764m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 960m (3,150ft)
Distance       12km (7.5m)
Time walk : 4:35hr*, run : 2:15hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Garbat
(grid ref : NH412674)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Wyvis : 'awesome'

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