4 Munros in the Tyndrum hills including Ben Lui & Ben Oss, starting and finishing at Lower Tyndrum station. Intended as a weekend trip but possible in one day for the very fit.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Starting from Tyndrum Lower station, follow the West Highland Way Southwards, turning off at the bridge between the railway and the A82. Follow the track under the railway bridge and cross another footbridge to begin the wooded ascent in a South Westerly direction, following the Allt Coire Dubchraig up towards Beinn Dubhchraig. Turning left upon reaching the summit ridge, the top of Beinn Dubhchraig is reached.
(1) Retrace steps to the point at which the ridge was reached, and continue along the ridge to the summit of Ben Oss.
(2) Follow the natural descent of Ben Oss heading south-southwest down to the Bealach (possible camping spot), before following the contours along the upper slopes of Ben Lui, at around 750m altitude. The Bealach between Ben Lui and Beinn a' Chleibh is reached after around 2km of staying level.
(3) From here follow the ridge west-southwest to Beinn a' Chleibh summit.
(4) Retrace along the ridge and ascend to the stunning summit of Ben Lui, the highest point of the walk at 1130m.
(5) Head North from the cairn to avoid Ben Lui's central gully, following the nose of the hill to curve Eastwards above the coire, before descending through scree to join the Alt Coire Ghaothaich.
(6) Follow the path through the valley, passing the Cononish mine to join onto the River Cononish, which is followed for 1-2km Eastwards before a turn Northwards.
(7) Takes the forest track on your left back to Tyndrum.(D/A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 784ft - Tyndrum Lower station
1 : mi 5.36 - alt. 3094ft - Beinn Dubhchraig
2 : mi 7 - alt. 3330ft - Ben Oss
3 : mi 9.51 - alt. 2552ft - Ridge
4 : mi 10 - alt. 2979ft - Beinn a'Chleibh
5 : mi 11.08 - alt. 3606ft - Ben Lui
6 : mi 12.02 - alt. 1955ft - Alt Coire Ghaothaich
7 : mi 14.93 - alt. 827ft - Forest track
A : mi 16.28 - alt. 843ft - Tyndrum Lower station
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This fifth stage of the WHW brings us to yet more superb landscapes! The ascent of the small hill of Màm Carraigh offers a very beautiful point of view on Loch Tulla. Then, for about ten kilometres, we follow a very comfortable old military road and we climb gently and very regularly towards a pass in the middle of the moor. Ahead during the descent you will see the classic pyramid silhouette of the Buachaille summit.
The fourth stage of the WHW takes us first up the Falloch river, then across a beautiful forested area and finally sneaks around the foot of high hills. There is much talk of bridges in this stage, two of them having been damaged during a recent flood, which leads to a detour and a ford that is... refreshing.
This very long stage can be shortened by taking public transport for the last section, from Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy.
The sixth stage of the WHW takes us through the highest point of the entire hike, an unnamed pass at an altitude of 550m. After a pleasant walk at the foot of Beinn a’ Chrùlaiste, you reach the pass by climbing the Devil's Staircase, an easier climb than the name of this path suggests. We then descend on good paths or wide tracks on the former small industrial town of Kinochleven.
The third stage of the WHW consists of going up Loch Lomond. We start by climbing steadily in a very beautiful forest, for superb views of the lake, while crossing waterfalls that descend from Ben Lomond. Once back at the edge of the lake, follow the shore for a long time, more or less closely, on paths that lead you on a rollercoaster ride winding between the rocks. A brief ascent between beautiful landscapes and a descent to Inverarnan rounding off this long stage.
The seventh and last stage of the WHW makes us evolve in a beautiful setting, at the foot of the Mamore hills. We then cross lightly wooded areas, from which we benefit from a prominent view of Ben Nevis, the highest point in Great Britain. Arrival in the city of Fort William marks the end of this long hike.
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