Ben Wyvis

Summary for Ben Wyvis

Ben Wyvis is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area Loch Broom to Easter Ross as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1046 metres / 3432 feetNH463683byn wivisBig green
LocationAccess
Loch Broom to Easter RossForest Enterprise, tel: 01463 791575 / 01349 830405
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Details for Ben Wyvis

Ben Wyvis stands alone as an isolated mountian on the eastern site of the other northern hills (The Fannaichs ) and with this isolation make it an excellent viewpoint of the region. It forms an undulating ridge running roughly north-south for about 5 km which resembles a surfacing whale when viewed from the A835 with the highest point being Glas Leathad Mòr which is marked by a trig point inside a stone enclosure. By far the best feature of Ben Wyvis are it's eastern corries Coire Mor which drops impressively down to Loch a' Choire Mhor to the north east of the summit point, and Coire na Feola to the south of the eastern spur An t-Socach (1006m) ( the beak). An t-Socach also provides a good view point of these eastern corries and is well worth a walk along this eastern spur. The Ben Wyvis mountain is designated as both a National Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area and is home to a variety of plants, including Dwarf Birch, Cloudberry, Dwarf Cornel and Alpine Bearberry.

Usual access is from Garbat NH411678 via western slopes ascending on paths through the forest initially, followed by much steeper ground on the path ascending to An Cabar. Beyond the route across to the summit is a featureless plateau which could be tricky for navigation in mist. Descent is via the top Tom a'Choinnich via grassy south western ridge to Allt 'a Gharbh Bhai where a path rejoins the way of ascend. Alternatively, access from Achterneed NH485596 which has a rather lengthy approach via a forestry track which is not accessible for vehicles.

On a clear day the extensive panorama of the mountains accross the west mainly The Fannaichs, with a more unusual view on the east of oil rigs moored in Cromarty Firth. Avalanche hazards occur on Ben Wyvis in winter as it collects lots of snow on it's steep grassy sloes and Coire na Feithe Riabhaich, east of An Cabar holds snow until well into early spring.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Ben Wyvis is Thirty-Six

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