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This fine little Corbett lies SSW of the Rest and be Thankful pass, in the angle between Glen Croe and Gleann Mor (Hell's Glen). The walk is up the grassy north ridge, with the return the same way. Good views are to be had of the Arrochar Alps and the Firth of Clyde to the south.

As described, a useful walk for an afternoon or mid-summer's eve. About 500m down Gleann Mor a Forestry road leaves the B828, with parking space at a gate. The forest track leads to the forest and a fork; go left for 250m along the road above Glen Croe to reach a white post. This marks a gap in a replanted area, up which posts lead to a stile over the forestry fence and so to the north ridge.

The only potential problem on the ridge is a series of interesting crevasses, easily visible unless covered in deep snow. The west flank of the ridge is scenic with rocky crags dropping towards Gleann Mor, while the ridge itself is broad and grassy higher up.


Maps: OS Sheet 56 'Inveraray & Loch Lomond'; Harveys 'Arrochar Alps'
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 1100m
Time: 3 hours
Food & Drink: While there are several hotels at Arrochar, at the head of Loch Long, Ben Donich allows plenty of time to spoil yourself and visit the justly renowned Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at the head of Loch Fyne. (Tel. 01499 600 264)


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