Ben More on the Isle of Mull
We find the view of Ben More on the Isle of Mull can change daily from snow capped tops with a coat of fresh daily snow and sun capped to the low cloud that makes the mystery of how high does it go. straight from sea level up Ben More on the Isle of Mull towers above you, calling you to climb. You have to go prepared for the weather to change at the drop of a hat, and remember the temperature drops as you climb and some times a sea mist can come in and visibility can be bad.
Opposite the track for Dhiseig there is a large parking area on the grass, just east of a bridge, on the shore side of the A8035. Start by heading up the track passing the sign for the Benmore footpath and keeping straight ahead at the entrance to the house at Dhiseig, following the sign that just says ‘up’.Head straight through a gate and then bear slightly right to follow a path alongside the Abhainn Dhiseig which tumbles down in a small gorge. As you climb the views behind of Ulva and other smaller islands improve. At a fence bear left to follow it to a gate and go through the gate. Here two sets of paths have been worn both of which converge higher up the hill, either bear right to continue to follow the Abhainn Dhiseig or follow the worn ground straight ahead SSE I found the latter route quite boggy.Soon the top of the peak of Ben More can be seen directly ahead. Aim directly for Ben More, crossing a side stream at a clear crossing point with a worn path ignoring the path that branches off towards An Gearna. Soon the path runs alongside the Abhainn Dhiseig passing some very ruined buildings – marked on the map, but now only piles of stones, and then crossing the stream at an easy spot to continue uphill on the far side.Pass a series of waterfalls on the left and follow the path, which becomes increasingly stony and eroded as you climb.
The path keeps fairly close to the stream at first, but it is also possible to head directly up the more grassy ground to the right or southwest. As the ridge becomes more defined, a series of small cairns marks the clear path, which is now stony and scree-covered in places. On the steepest ground it ascends in small zig zags until the gradient eases onto the summit ridge.From here the views become much more dramatic, with the ridge route from A’chioch coming into view. Follow the ridge southeast to reach the large summit shelter and tiny stumps of the remains of the trig point at 966m. To the south the ridge extends dramatically whilst just to the south of the summit is the start of the scramble route heading eastnortheast to A’Chioch.On a clear day the mainland summits such as Ben Cruachan can clearly be seen and there are great views over most of Mull and to Ulva. . The easiest and quickest route back is to retrace your outward steps to return directly to the road. We always advise you to let some one know you are going to be climbing up Ben More and advise them with the time you are expecting to be back . Here at www.hartofmull.co.uk we are happy for you to let us know when you are climbing and if you book to stay with us in our cabin 1 we can have your hot tub and sauna ready for your return for a small charge. Please have a look at our accommodation at www.hartofmull.co.uk So come and enjoy Ben More on the Isle of mull , while you are here see what the rest of Mull has to offer.