Ben More is with 1174m the highest of the Crianlarich Hills and the 16th highest mountain in Scotland. For this reason the mountain is called “Ben More” meaning “Big Hill”. Ben More is known for being one of the most remote Munros in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Climbing Ben More is interesting for advanced hill walkers because it can be quite challenging, especially in the winter. There are many grassy slopes and boggy areas on the way to the mountain peak but the effort gets rewarded because Ben More offers excellent views on a clear day from Ben Nevis to Cairngorms and to the neighbour Stob Binnein.
For some beautiful views on the Trossachs it is possible to extent the walk until Stob Binnein which has almost the identical height as Ben More. Walking from Ben More to Stob Binnein can be done by crossing the Bealach-eadar-dha Bheinn (“Col Between two hills”) and involves a big descent and re-ascent of about 300m in height.
The main walk to Ben More starts at Benmore Farm in Portnellan where a signpost shows the path up mountain. Parking is possible on the car park at Benmore Farm. An alternative is the car park south of Loch Lubhair further east. A popular loop many visitors do includes Ben More and Stob Binnein and is a walk of about 9km long. This loop takes about 4.5 hours.
Always check the weather forecast before climbing this mountain and wear proper clothing as it can be snowy on top of the maintain even in summer. The North side of the peak usually has a snow patch until June or even July which is quite unique in the area. Ben More is steep on all sides and good physical fitness is necessary for this walk.
Other outdoor possibilities
If you are planning to stay longer, the area offers many additional outdoor activities besides hill walking. Loch Lubhair and Loch Dochart north of Ben More are excellent lochs for a tranquil fishing experience in the Southern Highlands. By car it is easy to reach the heart of the Trossachs with its beautiful forests and lochs. Also Loch earn is nearby and offers many watersports possibilities and hill walking on Ben Vorlich in the south. To the north of Ben More, in contrast, the whole landscape changes and you can experience the rough Highlands. Another interesting mountain further north is Ben Challum.
Transport and Accommodation
Travelling by public transport is possible by train until Crianlarich and by bus which stops along the A85. Nevertheless, service is infrequent and very limited. If travelling by train to Crianlarich it takes another 4 miles of walking until the actual walking route to Ben More begins.
There are a number of accommodations in and around Crianlarich close to the popular West Highland Way. Some popular accommodations are the Ben More Lodge Hotel, Crianlarich Hotel and the Youth hostel in Crianlarich.