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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, Tongue
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett
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 241 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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
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
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
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
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
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
Climbed from E (wrong side!!!) with Matt during week in Durness. Mist on top. Date correct to within a day or two. dbb31/05/1991
Brilliant little hill, both in appearance and interest. Best Corbett in Scotland? Did it from Loch Loyal (saw two black-throated divers only yards away). Did most of the summits except one on the far side of a wee lochan.Aye Jimmy29/05/1991
Wintry ascent from north with Pete Hgemmins and John Harrison, after trip to climb Old Man of Hoy. Stayed at Tongue YH.Chris Pearson16/04/1990
Walked with Gill and AshleyRoadie5801/01/1990
Date approx. With parents as child.Ashley01/01/1989
Ben Loyal and Ben Klibreck in the same day RHW08/06/1986
Walked from Tongue for this ascent with the summit in cloud. Repeated this walk after cycling from Tongue in 24/07/1985 in similar conditions.JohnW25/07/1984
From Chaonasaid. Very strong SW wind. Ptarmigan. Lunch out of gale. Direct for top last section over ridged rocks. 13.40. To B Bheag.arranc07/06/1978
My first and classic inversion, never since beaten.AJR12/08/1964