30.71 mi

Elevation gain

3,806 ft

Technical difficulty


Elevation loss

3,829 ft

Max elevation

3,788 ft



Min elevation

1,174 ft

Trail type

One Way


10 hours 11 minutes




July 9, 2017


July 2017
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3,788 ft
1,174 ft
30.71 mi

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near Dalwhinnie, Scotland (United Kingdom)

Starting from Dalwhinnie, I cycle up to Culra Lodge (bothy). It's about 16Km cycling and can be done in a hybrid bike no problem.
The walk starts on the bridge just before arriving to the bothy, I left the bike locked but was the only locked to be honest... The route follows the path towards Leitir nan Leac. Take that path until it starts to be slightly more steep and then turn right and walk towards the ridge that swings down from Ben Alder. The terrain is heather but is not too wet on the feet.
Soon on the ridge you will fine a nice path that helps you to climb up. There is a little bit of scramble on the way up. Once on the plateau, walk south over the big boulder field. Soon you will see a big cairn of Ben Alder and the trig point (a bit hammered...)
From there keep on the path following the ridge and take the grassy boulder field down towards the coll that separates both ridges. Once down you will see another nice path that climbs up the ridge.
It's quite an easy going climb and soon you will see the top of Beinn Bheoil. The views on a fine day are impressive!
From there keep on the path north and when you see the stalkers path that you previously took, start going down on the grass. There is no marked path but soon you will find the path that will take you back to the concrete bridge.
Now is just a matter of cycling back to Dalwhinnie :)
It's quite a long way in total and needs quite a good fitness, but can easily be done in a summer day :)


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