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Beinn Ghlas-Ben Lawers-An Stuc

This walk is a high level linear walk starting at the Lawers Hotel (NN 6775 3965)on the shores of Loch Tay and finishing at the old Mountain Rescue post & car park (NN 6086 3789) on the minor road between Loch Tay and Bridge of Balgie (Glen Lyon) approximately 1.5Km southeast of Lochan na Lairige (NN 6086 3789). The distance is a little over 14km with a total ascent of 1346m. The maximum elevation is the summit of Ben Lawers at 1214m. Other summits on the day will be An Stuc at 1118m and Beinn Ghlas at 1103m.

The walk starts from the Lawers hotel (NN6775 3965) NE along the A827 for 500m then heads NNW following the Lawers Burn through woodland out onto the open hill as far as Lochan nan Cat. (NN4699 4262). Where the path across the open hill it may be boggy in places. A number of old shielings are passed on the way to Lochan nan Cat. The path follows the south shore of the loch to a point in the Coire nan Cat near the foot of Creag an Fhithich, approximately at NN6420 4251. From here we make the first ascent towards Bealach Dhub and An Stuc.

Following a burn steeply up on to a narrow grassy plateau before again ascending steeply to the Bealach Dubh, topping out near NN6365 4258.

Once in the bealach we turn on to a narrow path NNE for our ascent of An Stuc (1118m).

The climb from Lochan nan Cat to Bealach Dubh is on steep ground and may be classed as light scrambling

After the summit of An Stuc (NN6390 4316) we will return to Bealach Dubh and continue along the ridge generally SW towards Ben Lawers (1214m). First ascending Creag an Fhithich (1047m) before climbing steadily up the northern shoulder of Ben Lawers.

From the summit of Ben Lawers (NN 6355 4142) we descend steeply to around 1000m before climbing once again towards Beinn Ghlas (NN 6247 4036) (1103m). From Beinn Ghlas we begin the final descent to our pick up point.


The path along the Bealach Dubh past Creag an Fhithich is well defined but narrow with steep drops to either side. After Creag an Fhithich  the ridge broadens but is still fairly exposed. Ben Lawers to Beinn Ghlas is on a well defined path, rough in places and again fairly exposed and may suffer from strong wind gusts.

For this walk full hill walking gear is required with waterproofs, gloves and head covering a must. Consideration should be given to the use of walking poles for stability. A hot drink and provisions for a full day on the hill should be taken.

Walk date:
Monday 7th October, 2019
Walk leader:
Andy Willis
Crieff meet time / Walk start time:
7:45 am / 9:00 am
Walk end time / Crieff return time:
5:00 pm / 6:00 pm (estimated)
Extra Hard
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
14.5 km / 1364 m / 1214 m
Minibus provided
Ticket price:
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Safety notesGear requiredMap of start locationWalk T&Cs

Walk duration - 7/8hrs. Walkers paths, hill paths, broken ground. Possible boggy sections across open moorland between the Lawers Burn and Lochan nan Cat. Two sections of light scrambling between Locahn nan Cat and Bealach Dubh, totaling around 500m distance and approximately 250m height gain. Narrow path and exposure Bealach Dubh and ascent/descent of An Stuc. Exposed ridge walking Bealach Dubh to Beinn Ghlas. In the event of adverse weather - 1. Start at Ben Lawers CP (NN6086 3789) to summit Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers. Returning via Corie Odhar. Distance: 10km OR 2. Start at Lawers Hotel, follow Lawers Burn path to join hill road near NN 6642 4255. Follow hill road SW then S to join A827 near Tombreck NN6513 3786. Distance: 12km.

For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.

No map available.

1. Risk.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.

2. Children.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.

3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

4. Dogs.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).

5. Smoking.
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.

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