Ever since I cycled past Ben More en route to Killin three years ago, I wanted to climb this soaring, gargantuan mountain. I imagined Ben More, along with its neighbour Stob Binnein, would be honeytop summits because of their proximity to Crianlarich, the West Highland Way and major roads. Apparently not. In five hours – on a day of remarkably fine weather – I saw just two others.
It was a total contrast to Schiehallion the day before, despite there being a mizzle in the air. It was crawling with walkers, the most I have seen on a Scottish hill or mountain this year.
I can only conclude that would-be Munro-baggers (and mountain tourists) are detered by the continuous 1,000-metre climb to the summit of Ben More, unlike Schiehallion’s more modest ascent. Still, Ben More – incidentally, my 50th Munro – and Stob Binnein are all the better for it.