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Name:Ben Loyal - An Caisteal
Hill number:1132
Height:764.2m / 2507ft
RHB Section:16B: Durness to Loch Shin
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Borgie, Catchment Boundaries, Tongue
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, Yeaman
Grid ref:NC 57812 48848
Summit feature:rock slab 7m E of trig point
Col:155m  NC518443  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 10
(1:25k) 447S
Observations:rock 30m E at NC 57805 48830 is lower
Survey:Leica Disto D510/Leica RX1250
Comments:Col not surveyed - would need to be 154.6m or lower to retain P2000ft status
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 305 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Sgor Chaonasaid, hiking south over Sgor a'Bhatain to the summit. Return by outward route back to Ribigill, after steep descent to Bealach Clais nan Ceap. With KM, NP and JK.Man of Kernow121/10/2019
Tricky final ascent in the wind, strong and blustery. From Ribigall with NO, JK and MTkenmorti21/10/2019
With K, J and M. Rough and muddy going, very strong cold winds, gale force on steep, slab by summitst (sit mat blew away on summit). Dry, with good views, ample parking, before Ribigill. 8 hrs all told. Out and back to summit, given light and wind but ridge circuit v tempting.niallp21/10/2019
From parking area on track near Ribigill, then followed track and paths S, continuing up to Loch na Creige Riabhaich and on to summit. With JAS, MvT and RvT.kdbennett21/06/2019
With Sue from Ribgill cycled part way then via Sgor Choansaid, Sgor Bhatan to summit An Caisteal. Return same way, weather cold and wet.Frank05/06/2019
Family members who got to the top: Conrad, Gregor, Garry and Dylan. Remainder got to first peak: Jessie, Adele, Katie G, Nick and Joseph.batrigg28/05/2019
Climbed with Tim. My favourite mountain. Easter Monday. Glorious views.Skerryvore22/04/2019
From Ben Hiel. Steeply down to the bealach, then steeply up to the north Creag Riabhach, picking up a path.Owen B21/04/2019
From Ribigill.Alan29/08/2018
Clockwise round of three marilyns from Lettermore. Castle looked impregnable from the south but is easily accessible from the north west.Topographer5718/07/2018
Ben Loyal walkjustin99917/06/2018
Ben Loyal and top from Car park at end of lane to Ribigill, good tracks and paths most the way.rhalstead17/06/2018
MMC Tongue trip with Noelle Ryan and Jon Moss. followed Donald Irvine's advice about the round to take in two Marilyns. Long mostly dry day in low cloud on Ben Loyal but some views from Marilyns. 8 hours.alexmaclennan21/10/2017
Great. Came up via Ben Hiel.Play2End20/06/2017
Solo neil hutton18/05/2017
Weather fair with moderate wind.MountainMac29/04/2017
Ben Loyal from Ribigill. Sgor Chaonasaid, Ben Loyal, Beinn Bheag, descent NE to take in Creag Riabhach on return. Started bright, excellent views over the tops, weather deteriorated only on the descent.RobertP06/07/2016
With Steve, Rod, JohnOik08/06/2016
From Lettermore following land rover tyracks then cross country to lochan below summit. Then grass slopes and wide ridge to simple ascent on west side. Down by Creag Riabhach which afforded excellent views of the summit. Picked up land rover track on descent which made for easier going.SS08/06/2016
An excellent views all round, assented up the Tourist routeNozzer15/03/2015
Tim and KieraLoz_mck15/03/2015
A revisit to a grand top and with a clear view all round.Martin R27/05/2014
start of a 8 day corbett bagging trip, up from ribigill, 60 mph winds on top.robertphillips04/07/2013
With Mark. Staying at Laxford Bridge.Grinner06/06/2012
The summit of Ben Loyal, an awesome chunk of rock. We took the less used route up from Loch Loyal (easy parking) east of the mountain so as to take in Ben Hiel first. Picking up the track from Bealach Clais nan Ceap at NC586499 was useful. We headed for Sgor Chaonasaid first, then here. After which we did most of the other peaks on the mountain before heading back to the car via a vast open boggy plain where we saw a herd of some 100-120 red deer - great sight.jonglew23/05/2012
Solo tripInvicta1407/05/2012
Trig revisit. Windy drizzly day but still a great summit. From NW, taking in the southwestern tops this time. Then a late pm visit to its neighbour Hope.RHW28/05/2011
From Ribigil via Cunside. Up to col pt. NC590496, took in Ben Hiel then up to first Loyaltop, and onto summit.nordicstar01/05/2011
From Cunside over very sodden ground. When I arrived at the summit rocks I looked down the other side only to be met by the stare of two golden eagles on a ledge 10 foot below. They didnt hang about and soared off into the distance, but an unforgettable experience.mindlessflogger18/08/2010
with Jamievegibagger08/08/2010
Memorable day: Ribigill-Sg Chaonasaid-Sg a Chleirich- Coille na Cuile (a bit rough down here) - back then evening drive to Scouriepwheeler19/05/2009
With Gavin & Brian.Dangerous Dave13/04/2008
MC JC. From Ribigill. Cold and showery and windy on top. Very dramatic peak. Some intermittent views out over the N coast. Wet on way up and final soaking before reaching car. Remains of an aircraft under Sgor a Bhatain.Martin6629/05/2006
A hill for a fine day which I was lucky to havedmckeith07/08/2005
Circuit from Ribigillrjf3530/07/2005
Standard route from Ribigill. A very fine hill.benalder28401/07/2004
From A360 nr LettermoreBLACKHILL15/06/2001
actual date not knownclashcityrocker01/01/2001
Date unknown paulsross01/01/2000
Friend's last Corbett. Climbed the day of the annular eclipsegman09/09/1999
First post-Munro Corbett. Climbed from Tongue. Great climb, but ill (probably glandular fever).douglas_easton14/06/1999
This is a fascinating hill, even in mist.IanHHill31/07/1997
FJB Uisdean2512/08/1996
NB. From (584547) near Ribigill to Cunside, Sgor Chaonasaid (by NE gully), An Caisteal, Beinn Bheag & Carn an Toinail & return. A fine winters day.Vin04/04/1996
Ben Loyal from Kinloch Lodge. Sea King shouted down to get on and jump, on meeting Allt Lo'n Malmsgaig in flood.Eddie24/09/1995
approx dateFreelander21/08/1993
With Hazel, Andy Fowler, Ian Gray and Dave Brindle tbcSpudGunn19/09/1992