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The Complete Guide to Visiting Ben More on the Isle of Mull

No visitor to the Isle of Mull can fail to be slightly dumbstruck by the enormous mass of Ben More. As the highest mountain on the island (rising to an impressive 3169 feet, or 966 meters), this mountain (correctly called a Munro), dominates the landscape for miles around and promises to offer some of the best views on Mull.

Ben More on the Isle of Mull

With a peak of 966m, Ben More is the highest mountain on the Isle of Mull.

Located on the shores of Loch na Keal and Loch Beg, it offers spectacular views from two very different approaches on the north and south sides.

Category: Animals, Landscape, Mountain

Suitable for ages: 11 to 18 years, 18+ years, 65+ years

Ideal for: Couples, Families, Groups, Solo travellers

I rate it: 9 out of 10

About Ben More

No visitor to the Isle of Mull can fail to be slightly awestruck by the enormous mass of Ben More. As the highest mountain on the island (rising to an impressive 3169 feet, or 966 meters), this mountain (actually a Munro) dominates the landscape for miles around and offers some of the best sights on Mull.

Not only is Ben More the highest peak on the island but it’s one of the highest in the entire Inner Hebrides with only the peaks on the Isle of Skye beating it for height.

But although the mountain can’t take credit for being the tallest I personally think it wins the award for having the best hiking experiences, with the view from the top encompassing the Sound of Mull, the islands of Staffa and Ulva, the Isle of Skye, and the Highlands over on the mainland.

There are two routes to reach the top of Ben More, one from the shore of Loch Na Keal on its northern side and the other from the shore of Loch Beg on its southern side. Both are equally enjoyable although the second route from Loch Beg is much steeper and more difficult.

Both routes will take you approximately 4 hours to complete so you’ll need to have some prior mountain walking experience before you attempt the journey. One word of warning though – the mountain is formed from magnetic volcanic rock so compasses might not work in certain areas. Don’t get caught out!

Things to do at Ben More

As the only Munro on Mull, Ben More offers a perfect opportunity to get your boots on if you’re into Munro bagging. The trails leading into the mountain are few and far between but once you get towards the summit you’ll be rewarded with the best viewpoint on the entire island.

One of the attractions of this mountain is that it has such a diverse landscape. On your way up you’ll find a mixture of thick grassland, waterfalls, muddy bogs, scree-strewn cliff faces, woodland (at the bottom), rocky tracks and car-sized boulders, and there’s a fair amount of wildlife to keep an eye open for as you make your way past each section.

Remember to bring your binoculars with you because there are several herds of wild red deer roaming about the lower sections of Ben More, while at the summit you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of white-tailed eagles on the hunt for their next meal.

Although the route to the summit is relatively easy heading from the north on the Loch Na Keal side, you can follow the much more challenging route from Loch Beg on the south side if you really want to go wild.

And when I say wild I really do mean it – I didn’t see another person during the entire day I visited Ben More, so this difficult ascent might be worth making the effort if you fancy getting away from it all for a few hours.

Beware that it gets very boggy in places so unless you’ve got a good pair of walking boots you’re going to find this walk nigh-on impossible, and forget it if it’s summer and you’re wearing flip-flops.

My advice would be to pack for every possible scenario because the weather can dramatically change in an instant once you get near the top, so make sure you’ve got a decent map with you as well.

On a clear day you’ll be able to see some fantastic views across to the smaller islands of Ulva and Iona while the mighty Ben Cruachan mountain can also be seen on the mainland.

If you’re a photography buff you might want to bring a telephoto lens with you, but even a pair of binoculars will give you some incredible sights that I guarantee you won’t forget for a very long time.

If you’d like suggestions for other hikes on Mull I recommend Carsaig Arches and Quinish Point.

The highlights

  • The views across Mull from the top are amazing.
  • Lots of different landscapes to discover on this walk.
  • It’s relatively tourist-free. I didn’t see another person all day.

Visiting tips

  • This route is really, really tough. Don’t attempt it unless you’re reasonably fit.
  • Much of the route is very boggy. Make sure you’ve got a good pair of walking boots.
  • It would be easy to get lost without some form of navigation so take an OS map with you. Buy OS Landranger maps direct from Ordnance Survey.

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Address and map

Ben More,
Isle of Mull,
PA68 6EJ

Car Park:
Loch Beg,
Isle of Mull

Car park co-ordinates: 56°23’41.4″N 6°01’17.5″W

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Walking map

Tickets and opening times

Pre-book your Isle of Mull tour tickets here.

There is no fee to enter the Ben More area. The car park at Loch Beg is free to use.

Access to the mountain is 24/7, 365 days a year.

Be advised to check the weather forecast during the winter months and prepare accordingly. Phone the Benmore Estate (01680 300229) Aug – Oct for dates of deer stalking – no stalking on Sundays.

Contact details

  • Telephone: NA
  • email: NA
  • Website: NA


Getting there: Car park on-site

Getting around: Uneven paths

On-site conveniences: None

By Craig Smith

A proud native of Scotland, Craig Smith loves writing about the country almost as much as he loves exploring it. His aim is to visit every Scottish attraction and share his experiences with the world. Follow Craig's adventures on Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.

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