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Name:Ben Cruachan
Hill number:232
Height:1127m / 3698ft
RHB Section:03C: Glen Etive to Glen Lochy
County/UA:Argyll and Bute (UA)
County (CoA):Strathclyde (CoA)
Catchment:Awe, Catchment Boundaries, Etive
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, Murdo, Yeaman, Trail 100
Grid ref:NN 06966 30464
Summit feature:rock 3m from trig point
Col:247m  NN190413  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 50
(1:25k) 377W
Observations:trig point destroyed
Survey:Leica RX1250
Comments:summit measured as 1127.0m
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  • Strathclyde (1974) administrative county top
  • Argyll and Bute current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 625 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From road junction A65 and B8077 (at Drishaig) along track to Corries and cross Ally Corie Chreachainn via footbridge and begin (indistinct path) ascent Stob Garbh. On to Stob Daimbh. Descent and ascent along ridge to Drochaid Ghlas. Out to peak and return to ridge for ascent of Ben Cruachan. Descent to Bealach an Lochain and Coire Dearg to Cruachan Reservoir. Follow track to dam, cross and steady descent to St Conan’s Kirk (Lochawe) using dam road via Creag a’Bhodaich.raymooremanx08/08/2019
From station near Lack Awe Visitor Centre - a brutal ascent directly up through the woods which does not relent until near the top, just below the dam, then via Coire Dearg and Bealach an Lochain - final ascent was up S ridge - a very fine example of nature's rubble tip of left over bouldersIsbjorn 3rd Round13/05/2019
From Falls of Cruachan, up track to reservoir, round W side of reservoir and up track Bealach an Lochain, up Meall Cuanail and back to Bealach, then up Ben Cruachan (12:25), out along ridge to Stob Dearg and return to Ben Cruachan (13:40) then contuining around horsehoe, over Drochaid Ghlas to Stob Diamh, Stob Diamh descending towards Lairig Torran before cutting off down to path on E Side of reservoir, back to dam and track to Falls of Cruachankdbennett28/04/2019
Ben Cruachan & Munro Tops from Falls of CruachanAjm031030/03/2019
Climbed with Chris & Clair, due to dad weather only completed the oneJamesSDonald22/12/2018
Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh circuit Did not see a thing. Windy/rain/low cloudHuwel11/10/2018
Second ascent this time fromm west over the lower tump summits and meet a guy on summit with both of us concerned about our one way traverses and query about long way back to our cars. Quickly came to conclusion we could swap car keys. In the end he just gave me his keys (smart newish BMW) and I drove his car five miles west to the hotel where he came down to, and then he drove me to my car. Fabulous bit of instant trusting cooperation from strangers.vegibagger25/05/2018
From Falls of Cruachan, via Coire Dearg to summit, return same way. With SD.kdbennett03/12/2017
With D, heavy rain at top, no viewRodge10/07/2017
The standard route via the dam and reservoir and up to the col north of Meall Cuanail. A perfect day, only a few summits on the northern horizon were under cloud.Windy Corner07/05/2017
Revisit for the munro tops, C/W round of meall cuanail, stob dearg, ben cruachan, drochaid ghlas, stob daimh, sron an isean, stob garbh.robertphillips29/04/2017
Direct ascent from the layby at the Falls of Cruachan via the Cruachan reservoir and into Coire Dearg. Very overcast and summit in cloud.knarf27/04/2017
No view at top, weather atrocious so abandoned doing the horseshoe.rlee504019/08/2016
in fog from approx 800m, raining. clockwise around the horseshoe- skipped Meall Cuanail & Beinn a'Bhuiridh. track down from Stob Garbh hard to follow.jmmc27/06/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac16/10/2015
6th Munrolojzi86062113/09/2015
Cruachan horseshoe with sidebars.justin99913/08/2015
SelfHighland Days21/04/2015
From rail station, a round of Ben Cruachan, Drochaid Ghlas, Stob Diamh, Sron An Isean and Stob Garbh.rhalstead10/09/2014
Cruachan Falls-Meall Cuanail-Ben Cruachan-Stob Dearg (Taynuilt Peak)-Ben Cruachan-Drochaid Ghlas-Stob Diamh-Sron an Isean-Stob Garbh-Beinn a' Bhùiridh-Cruachan Fallscampagvelocet10/07/2014
Ascended in snow via Cruachan Dam from Falls of Cruachan station. Completed horseshoe and ascended Stob Diamh. Great views up Glen Etive to Glen Coe.quadbarrel24/11/2013
Done from rail station layby near the power station visitors centre. Late start due to wet morning but we were very lucky with the afternoon weather!jonbowyer24/08/2013
Anticlockwise round from Railway carpark. Beinn a' Bhuridh and Stob Damh in thin cloud and cold wind. Rest of the round included both outliers and Meall Cuanail in bright sun and light wind. 7 hours.alexmaclennan22/07/2013
Forecast was for showers, mist, fog and 30% cloud free tops so it was hot,sunny and with great visibility to Jura and beyond from the ridge. A great round and sore knees to remind me. Sherpa Pete's first outing of the year....Roblex07/06/2013
Ben Cruachan circuit from A85Geoff Briggs30/05/2013
Solo clear day wind stopped at 12.30 and summer happened 7 hours whole ridgepigerg24/05/2013
Round of Beinn Eunaich, Beinn a'Chochuill, Stob Diamh, Ben Cruachan and Beinn a'Bhuridh from Castles Farm. Day 39 of 59 for all Munros. 23km, +/-2500m, 10 hours.PGCE07/05/2013
With Steve Desperate Stan24/02/2013
before stob dibh with dave norman els almn2314/10/2012
Climbed with Maggie and the Reids(x3).Staying at Port Soenechan. Great views and a magnificent hill.dave neilson14/10/2012
With Elspeth & Al & Neilsons. Good day, with changing cloud & sun - great views across Loch Awe & Etive, & up to Rhum. Did Cruachan horse-shoe. Great ridge.Norman Reid14/10/2012
Sherpa Fewtrell and Young Holloway Bagged Ben Cruachan the day after Ben Nevis - Fewtrell sponsored by Neurofen extra on this epic climb. Thanks to Libby at the Visitor Centre for her help. A tough tough day!morrislube03/06/2012
a loop from the bottom of access road.. trig point has seen better days, views are just stunning though..stig_nest02/05/2012
All the Munros and tops on a remarkably warm day for March (25C)dickscroop27/03/2012
The Emergency Descentttcc2518/02/2012
5 of 6: From Drochaid Ghlas.ChrisR31/08/2011
Solo ascent from Falls of Cruachan and Coire Dearg on a superb sunny day. Lingered long on the summit.marktrengove29/07/2011
Cruachan Horseshoe with Jimtcrannoch25/06/2011
Up from power station to dam, then on to Beinn a' Bhuiridh, Stob Diamh and Ben CruachanGallovidian11/06/2011
Clockwise circuit of Cruachan horseshoe in good weather with excellent views.alistairpooler04/05/2011
ran with tom, sam, alex, john and nicola.josie16/04/2011
MK, Uisdean2505/03/2011
ben cruachan and stob diamh from A85.robertphillips27/02/2011
Rain, white-out & only a 6 figure grid ref for the summit, so not sure I quite made the right spot though other footprints seemed to suggest so. Now think I was too far south! Will have to do this fine hill on a good day with Taynalt Peak.signyred22/02/2011
A 10am start was perhaps abit late, good firm snow from bealach, couple of problems on ridge but a super walk, cloud at 1000m so only the top of Cruachan was misty, 5.15pm finish just a bit of light leftgeoffreybbb23/01/2011
Excellent mountain. Company: Paul Johnson. He suffered on way up.iandesbottes16/10/2010
Revisit. 1/3 of a Vanessa trig, FB still there. Perfect Autumn day, roaring of stags echoing around the corries. From SW, near hotel entrance, followed E bank of Allt Gruiniche then bouldery traverse made awkward by frost. Back via Meall nan Each and Meall Copagach, all the time enjoying superb views up Etive to Starav and Trilleachan. Earlyish start, met no-one.RHW16/10/2010