Ben Alder is a magnificent mountain in a remote setting at the end of Rannoch Moor and some 16 km from Dalwhinnie. It's surrounded by a further five Munros, making an expedition into the area well worth while. This is a challenging trip where your fitness and stamina will be tested walking in steep, mountainous terrain, far from civilisation.
Day one. Walk the 16 km from Dalwhinnie along good estate tracks and paths to the area by Culra Bothy (now disused and closed by the estate due to the presence of asbestos) Set camp, relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Day two. Leaving all our kit in base camp, we'll be up early and heading out to tackle this magnificent six Munro circuit in an epic 12 hour day. From behind the bothy, up onto Cairn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn before crossing the glen and up onto Ben Alder, across the vast plateau then down and over Beinn Bheoil. This is a 27 km day and will be a real test of your fitness and stamina with over 2,000m ascent.
Day three. A leisurely rise and after breaking camp, we will walk the 16 km back out to Dalwhinnie for a well earned coffee in the Ericht Hotel
If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.
We will meet at 1200 on Friday 10th September 2021 at the Petrol Station on the main road in Dalwhinnie. There is a car park where we can leave our vehicles, the charge is £3 per vehicle per night and is payable in the Petrol Station.. Dalwhinnie is served by good bus and train links and there are some local B&B options such as Balsporran Cottages B&B or in Dalwhinnie itself.
Ideally we would organise car share in advance to minimise our environmental impact.
Please contact me in advance if you have any questions or concerns.
Not sure if you're ready for the camping aspect of this trip? Join us for our beginner's wild camping weekend and pick up the skills you'll need.