Ben Wyvis

While visiting Inverness for a wedding I took the chance to catch-up with some friends from university, who also hosted me for my stay, and bag another Munro. This time, Ben Wyvis.

The highest point for some distance, Ben Wyvis offers great views across the surrounding countryside – or so I’m told. It was rather windy, cloudy, and wet when we ascended. Nonetheless, it is a straightforward Munro which we did it in about four hours, with a short lunchbreak at the top.

Approaching Ben Wyvis.
Approaching Ben Wyvis.

There is a good path leading from a car park to the Munro, though it is a bit of a walk to reach the main ascent.  We had fairly nice weather during the first part of our walk, and below the cloud-line it was both warm and dry.

The ascent itself has an equally good path that zig-zags up the mountainside to reach a wide plateau. From this point, any hope of a view was lost – the rest of the ascent was in thick cloud.

Looking down on the track as we ascend the Munro.
Looking down on the track as we ascend the Munro.

Crossing the plateau, the path becomes less defined; however there is a line of cairns that can be followed over to the summit. Unrelenting wind and a somewhat poor choice of attire on my part (don’t walk in shorts, in cloud, in Autumn!) resulted in a swift speed to the trig point that marks the peak. Luckily the trig point is surrounded on one side by some kind of rocky cairn-like wind break, that we sheltered by for a quick sandwich.

No views from the plateau, unfortunately.
No views from the plateau, unfortunately.

We descended by the same route, returning to Inverness to enjoy a relaxed afternoon of Netflix. Away from the rain. In more sensible clothes than shorts.

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