New Year, New You – Wintery Walks: Ben Lui

New Year, New You – Wintery Walks: Ben Lui

Ben Lui

The highest of our three escapades sees us move even further north to the lower Central Highlands in Scotland. Ben Lui is the most famous of the four Munro’s that lie south of Glen Lochy, and with its unbelievably elegant peak it is considered by many to be the greatest mountain in the Southern Highlands. Unlike Crib Goch and Jack’s Rake much of the route follows a pathway throughout a largely forested area (so remember to keep your dog under control when you encounter all forms of wildlife on the way up!). The route sees you take the approach from Glen Conorish which is a relatively easy undertaking in terms of technical ability. However, do not be lulled into a false sense of security, it’s a very long and committing walk in which you and your dog must have a good level of fitness to sustain the route in its entirety. Furthermore, it’s important to note that this is not a route to be undertaken in the absolute depths of the Scottish winter as it can become incredibly treacherous with a particularly icy section during the final ascent. I would therefore advise avoiding it between December and March unless weather conditions are perfect and you and your canine partner are relatively experienced walking with limited daylight hours.

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