Ben Hope

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Ben Hope
BenHopefromLochEriboll.jpg
Ben Hope from the west shore of Loch Eriboll
Elevation 927 m (3,041 ft)[1]
Prominence 772 m (2,533 ft)
Parent peak Ben Klibreck
Listing Munro, Marilyn
Translation mountain of the bay (Scottish Gaelic and Norse)
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [peɲ ˈhɔːp]
Location
Location Sutherland, Scotland
OS grid NC477502
Topo map OS Landranger 9

Ben Hope (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Hòb[2]) is a mountain in northern Scotland. It is the most northerly Munro, standing alone in the Flow Country (a region of bumpy, peat-covered moorland) south-east of Loch Hope in Sutherland. The mountain is a roughly triangular wedge, with a great crag on the west, with two lower shoulders to the south and northeast. Alpine flowers are abundant in season, although the ground is very rocky.

Ascent[edit]

The principal route to the summit starts in Strathmore, to the west of the mountain, where there is parking off a small road. The route lies along the Allt-na-caillich burn which flows down through a gap in the west-facing crags. The route is steep, but well marked with occasional cairns and not exposed. There is little available scrambling.

Approach from the east is rare, as there is a wide expanse of heather-covered moorland with no roads in that direction. Approach from the north is not possible for walkers, as there is no path between the crags.

On a clear day the view from the summit includes the Pentland Firth, Loch Eriboll and the nearby mountains of Arkle and Foinaven. The Orkney Islands are visible on a clear day.

Just south of the Allt-na-caillich burn on the Strathmore road is the Dùn Dornaigil Broch.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munromagic.com Ben Hope". munromagic.com. 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Roddy Maclean. "Gaelic and Norse in the Landscape, Place names in Caithness and Sutherland" [A’ Ghàidhlig is Lochlannais air Aghaidh na Tìre] (pdf) (in English and Scottish Gaelic). Wester Ross: Scottish Natural Heritage. p. 33. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 

Coordinates: 58°24′49″N 4°36′31″W / 58.41355°N 4.60874°W / 58.41355; -4.60874