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Ben Donich Hike

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The 2,778ft / 847m Ben Donich mountain is situated at the Rest and be Thankful on the A83 Road between Arrochar and Inveraray, 42 miles northwest of Glasgow. Regular Buses run between Glasgow and Inveraray with a stop at the Rest and be Thankful.

The Car Park is just along from the Rest via the B828 Road signed for Lochgoilhead, about 800ft above sea level, so the Hike is about 1,900ft to the top, averaging 2 hours up and 1 and a half back down.

Beware, there is a 12 feet Climb on this Mountain.

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The image top is of the Free Car Park, the Start of the Trail is a couple of hundred yards along the Forest Road.

The Start of the Trail is well marked, leading up onto the Wide North Ridge.

Once on the North Ridge, it is a Steep Hike to start off with.

The Second Section on the Ridge is fairly steep as well, may be Soggy in places during the Rainy Season.

The Top Section has a Rocky Part with a 12 feet Climb Down, fairly easy but the Bottom Toe Hold is Faint, so many people Jump down the bottom 5 feet. Go Down Backwards and there should be no problem using the Bottom Toe Hold, save risking the twist of an ankle.

Once down the Climb, there is a real Steep Section then a Steady Walk out to the Summit.

The Summit gives great views south down to the village of Lochgoilhead. Large Summit View.

Heading Back Down the Same Trail, you have to Climb back up the Rocky Section. Large Images of the Climb.

This area has a lot of Deep Crevis, so will be real Dangerous in Snow.

Back down the Lower Section gives a good view to the Car Park and the Rest and be Thankful just along the road.

There is normally a Fast Food Van at the Rest and be Thankful.

The Click on Map below shows the Tourist Trails in Blue, Brown Rougher Trails, and Red a Bit Dangerous.

Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map and Compass on these Hikes, and know how to use them, as in Cloud, these Mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use them.

Some people are now trying out OS Phone Apps that can help.


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