Ben Cruachan & Stob Diamh
Ben Cruachan is the finest munro in the Southern Highlands and when accompanied by Stob Daimh adds a nice ridge walk with excellent views of Loch Etive and out to the west and the sea. The terrain is steep and rocky with a small section of easy scrambling. The walk starts from the Falls of Cruachan railway station where there is limited parking for up to 6 cars on the side of the A85. If this is full there is also a lay-by 700m further along the road to Oban. The walk starts by heading up the steps towards the railway station then under the railway line by the underpass then through trees heading up to the dam. The walk will go up to Ben Cruachan first and then along the ridge to Stob Daimh. The track crosses a series of rocky slabs which can be bypassed by descending via path and will require climbing back up to rejoin the ridge. We will then proceed east to the intermediate summit at 1009m and ridge at Drochaid Ghlas where we will have spectacular views of the entire Cruachan range and the mountains to the south of Glen Coe in the north. We continue to the east and our second munro of the day, Stob Diamh (998m).
Our return route takes us to the south to the lesser top of Stob Garb (980m). We then decend in height to the south again rejoining the Cruachan reservoir on its east side. We then retrace out steps from the reservoir back down to the carpark.
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.
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.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.