the Crianlarich Hills

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The Crianlarich Hills lie to the east of the Glen Falloch road and compose of 7 Munros, constituting the highest group of hills south of Tayside.

Beinn Chabhair

933m / 3061ft

An Caisteal

995m / 3264ft

Beinn a' Chroin

940m/ 3084ft

Beinn Tulaichean


Cruach Ardrain


date climbed


time taken

10 hours





OS Map

Landranger 50,51,56


Cloudy with mixed visibility

Starting point : Opposite Derrydarroch Farm on the A82

An early 7am start helped get the day off well and the first Munro of the day, Beinn Chabhair, was reached by 9. This was followed by the drop down to the low belach that separates Beinn Chabhair from An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin. Rocky outcrops and grassy terraces were traversed on the descent and then the ascent made to the col between the next two peaks. An Caisteal was bagged followed by Beinn a' Chroin. There followed a long long descent to lowest point before the next two munros with a tricky steep ascent through crags and scree to reach to the hogsback ridge between Tulaichean and Ardrain. As usual the time after midday flew by and it took till 3pm to complete both these peaks. The view from Cruach Ardrain was great looking North towards the Ben Lawers ranges and beyond. Any thoughts of descending and reascending Ben More and her sister were dismissed and the long descent down to Crianlarich started.

looking north towards the Lawers range

Cruach Ardrain and Ben More in the distance

the final summit of the day

Stob Binnein


Ben More


date climbed


time taken

4 hours





OS Map

Landranger 51


Sun and good visibility

Starting point : A85 near Ben More farm

After deciding that the completion of all 7 munros in the Crianlarich Hills in one day was a bit too much for the first significant day in the hills after a long break,  the last 2 remaining peaks were completed the next day. The virtually continuous slopes from the road to the summit of Ben More were avoided by following the Ben More Burn southwards. A steep but easy line lead up to the Bealach-eader-dha-Bein and then onto Stob Binnein complete with a friendly race against a fellow walker who was training for some sort of multi-day mountain challenge. After re-tracing the steps to the Bealach, Ben More was ascended and then descended in not much more than an hour.

On Ben More summit looking across to Stob Binnein and Cruach Ardrain