Ben More is a spectacular Munro overlooking the small village of Crianlarich in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Ben More and its neighbour Stob Binnein (another Munro), can both be summited during an awesome walk starting in Crianlarich. In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the Ben More and Stob Binnein Walk in Crianlarich.
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How to Climb Ben More and Stob Binnein
There are two main routes for reaching Ben More and Stob Binnein. As mentioned, in this guide, we’re going to focus on the route starting from Crianlarich. By doing this route, you’ll first summit Ben More before climbing Stob Binnein. But, it’s also possible to reach Ben More and Stob Binnein from Inverlochlarig in the south. This route first summits Stob Coire and Lochain (a Munro top of Stob Binnein), then reaches Stob Binnein and then Ben More.
Admittedly, the route starting from Crianlarich tends to be the more well-known and popular route. This is the route that Beck and I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
FYI – Stob Coire and Lochain is not a Munro on its own.
About Ben More (Crianlarich)
At 1,174 metres above sea level, Ben More is the highest Munro in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. On top of that, Stob Binnein, at 1,165 metres above sea level, is the second-highest Munro in the national park. Certainly, Ben More, Stob Binnein and Ben Lui (the third-highest summit in the national park) are all mountains dominating the southern highlands of Scotland.
FYI – another Munro, with the same name, is on the Isle of Mull.
Where Is Ben More?
Ben More is located in the Crianlarich Hills in the Breadalbane region of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. To help get your bearings, please click on the image below to access an interactive map of the area.
Ben More and Stob Binnein Statistics
Below, you’ll find trail specs for the Ben More and Stob Binnein Walk in Crianlarich.
- Type: Loop
- Distance: 10.5km (6.5 miles)
- Time: 6–8 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 1,315m
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trailhead: Crianlarich (A85 verge)
Ben More and Stob Binnein Route Maps
In terms of trail navigation, Beck and I used a GPS-guided map to help us navigate the route. Sure, the path from the trailhead to Ben More and onwards to Stob Beinnein is well-defined. But, the mountain pass descent taken around the southwest edge of Ben More is far less defined. Indeed, trail navigation during this part of the walk is much trickier. Although, thereafter, you’ll find a path along the river stream, which is well-defined and easy to follow.
- GPS-Guided Map with GPX File to download: AllTrails
- Ordnance Survey Map to buy: The Trossachs, Callander, Aberfoyle & Lochearnhead, Balquhidder & Strathyre
Ben More and Stob Binnein: Terrain and Profile
You’ll encounter a well-maintained yet steep path from the trailhead to Ben More. Indeed, the steepness feels unrelenting. From Ben More, you’ll encounter a rocky and steep descent, before reaching the bealach (Bealach Eadar da-Bheinn) – the pass between the two Munros. From Bealach Eadar da-Bheinn, you’ll follow a well-defined, steep and rocky trail to Stob Binnein.
After descending Stob Binnein and returning to Bealach Eadar da-Bheinn, you’ll take a less-defined mountain pass. Here, the terrain is boggy and steep in sections. Eventually, you’ll reach a wide and open path, which re-joins the initial trail to the trailhead.
Overall, the walk involves a staggering 1,315 metres of accumulated elevation gain. Safe to say, it’s a tough slog!
Ben More and Stob Binnein: Walk Description
Below, we’ll briefly describe the Ben More and Stob Binnein Walk in Crianlarich. Here, our intention isn’t to describe the walk step-by-step. After all, you can simply use a map for trail navigation. Rather, our aim here is to provide a snappy overview with some awesome photos to show you the highlights of the walk.
Where to Start: Crianlarich
The walk doesn’t start in the village of Crianlarich but just east of it. You’ll find the trailhead is conveniently marked on Google Maps as ‘Ben More Trail Head‘. When it comes to parking, you have two options. You’ll find roadside verge parking on A85, near the trailhead, here. This is certainly the most convenient place to park and closest to the trailhead. This isn’t an official parking area but there are no restrictions.
Your second option is parking here around 750 metres further east. There is a lane, parallel to A85, with plenty of parking spots. This is a sound backup option but obviously makes for a slightly longer walk.
From the trailhead at Benmore Farm, you’ll follow ascending zig-zagging farm lanes. Soon enough, you’ll reach a ‘Ben More’ sign, directing you up a steeper trail. From this point, you’ve got a tough uphill climb on your hands. Certainly, the walk up this Munro is fairly arduous and uncompromising.
Ben More: The First Munro
Eventually, after much hard work, you’ll reach the summit of Ben More. When Beck and I reached the summit, we encountered mist and limited visibility. Fortunately, though, after resting and eating some snacks, the wind swept away the mist, revealing sublime views all around us. From the summit, you’ll get a good look at the next Munro to climb – Stob Binnein. You’ll also enjoy stunning views of Ben Lui and even catch sight of Ben Lawers above Loch Tay.
Once you’ve enjoyed the sensational views, it’s time to descend the southern face of Ben More. The descent is fairly steep and rocky, so take care. Eventually, you’ll reach the flat bealach, which separates Ben More and Stob Binnein. After passing a large boulder, you’ll begin your second ascent of the day to summit Stob Binnein.
Stob Binnein: The Second Munro
Thankfully, the ascent of Stob Binnein isn’t as gruelling as the ascent of Ben More. Personally, we enjoyed improved visibility from this peak. So, we enjoyed much more sweeping views of the surrounding Scottish Highlands. Of course, you’ll also enjoy an awesome view of Ben More from Stob Binnein.
After throwing down some more food to refuel, you’ll retrace your steps to return to Bealach Eadar da-Bheinn. You’ll then veer left, following a mountain pass that descends the southwest face of Ben More. As mentioned, you’ll likely encounter boggy and wet terrain. At times, the mountain pass is pathless. So, a map and some patience navigating are required.
It’s almost a relief when you see the wide and open track alongside the river stream. You’ll then enjoy a relatively easy undulating return walk to Benmore Farm to complete the walk.
Things to Know Before You Go
Before you set off to bag Ben More and Stob Binnein, there are some useful things to know. Below, we’ll cover some of the logistics to help plan your walk and trip to Crianlarich.
How to Get to Ben More, Crianlarich
The quickest and easiest way to get to the Crianlarich to do the walk is to drive there yourself. If you don’t have your own set of wheels, then we recommend hiring a car using Rentalcars.com. You’ll find a wide variety of cars on Rental Cars for reasonable prices. The website is user-friendly and booking online is super easy.
It’s possible to get public transport to Crianlarich. From Glasgow, the bus and train going to Oban passes through and stops at Crianlarich. We recommend using Google Maps and Trainline to help plan your journey using public transport.
From Crianlarich, it’s an approx. 3.4km (2.1 mile) walk to the trailhead. So, you might want to consider catching a taxi to the trailhead.
If you want to stay near Ben More, then we recommend staying in the charming village of Crianlarich. There are plenty of great accommodation options in Crianlarich. Below, we’ll look at the best budget, mid-range and luxurious accommodation options.
- Budget – Crianlarich Youth Hostel: undoubtedly, the Crianlarich Youth Hostel is the most affordable option in Crianlarich. Although, there are also private rooms if you’d like privacy but also hostel vibes.
- Mid-range – Ewich House B&B: there are many highly-rated B&Bs in Crianlarich. Certainly, Ewich House B&B is one of the best-value B&Bs in the village.
- Mid-range – Inverardran House B&B: one of the most popular bed and breakfasts is the well-renowned Inverardran House B&B.
- Luxury – The Crianlarich Hotel: Best Western’s Crianlarich Hotel is the stand-out luxury option in the area. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable stay at the highly-rated three-star hotel.
Other Epic Mountains Nearby in Scotland
There are plenty of other spectacular mountains in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Below, we’ll detail the other best mountains to climb in the area.
- Ben Lui and Beinn a’ Chleibh: known as the Queen of the South, Ben Lui is a nearby Munro to bag. You can also summit Beinn a’ Chleibh during this walk to make it another double Munro walk.
- Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin: another awesome double Munro walk, starting from Loch Earn.
- Ben Lomond: this is the most popular mountain to climb in the national park.
- The Cobbler (Ben Arthur): the walk to Ben Arthur is probably the second most popular walk in the area.
- Ben Vane: another great walk in the Arrochar Alps, near Ben Arthur.
- Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime: also located in the Arrochar Alps, you can climb both of these Munros during one memorable walk.
- Ben Venue: a stunning Graham, located in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, near Loch Achray and Loch Katrine.
- Ben A’an: you’ll have to climb the famous miniature mountain.
Read more: 26 Best Loch Lomond Walks Guide
Below, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about Ben More.
What Does Ben More Mean?
The meaning is derived from the Scottish Gaelic, Beinn Mhòr, which translates to ‘great mountain’.
Is Ben More a Munro?
How Long Does It Take to Walk Ben More?
To do the walk described in this guide, it’ll take around 6–8 hours.
How Hard Is It to Climb Ben More?
We’ve rated the walk difficulty as moderate. That’s because the steep incline is physically demanding, while trail navigation during a short-ish section of the walk is challenging.
What Is the Best Time to Climb Ben More?
Typically, the best weather in Scotland is in May and June. So, most visitors head to Scotland in the middle of the year (April to October) to take advantage of the warmer weather and reduced chance of rainfall. But, after all, mountain weather can be unpredictable. For the latest Ben More weather forecast, check Mountain Forecast or the Met Office.
Is Ben More Dog Friendly?
Yes, but it’s best to keep doggo on a lead.
What to Wear and Take
Below, you’ll find our gear essentials for this walk.
- Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boots: these are my favourite walking boots. They’re super comfortable and lightweight.
- The North Face Venture Jacket: a fantastic windproof/waterproof jacket.
- Osprey Skarab 30L Day Backpack: a great backpack for walking, which has plenty of space to store your gear.
- The North Face TKA Glacier Fleece Jacket: an excellent warmth:weight ratio fleece jacket that’ll help keep you warm.
- Columbia Convertible Trousers: a value for money pair of water-resistant convertible trousers.
- Ankle Gaiters
- Avoid the bog: it’s possible to do an out and back walk to avoid the boggy and pathless mountain pass. Although, this means a lot more elevation gain as you’ll climb up and down Ben More twice!
- Visit on a clear day: to take advantage of the tremendous views from either summit, time the walk during a time of good visibility.
- Head to the Rod and Reel: after doing the walk, head to Crianlarich’s Rod and Reel. It’s surely the village’s best pub.
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