Ben Hope from the west shore of Loch Eriboll
|Elevation||927 m (3,041 ft) |
|Prominence||772 m (2,533 ft)|
|Parent peak||Ben Klibreck|
|English translation||mountain of the bay|
|Language of name||Scottish Gaelic and Norse|
|Pronunciation||Scottish Gaelic: [peɲ ˈhɔːp]|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 9|
Ben Hope (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Hòb) 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.
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.
Just south of the Allt-na-caillich burn on the Strathmore road is the Dùn Dornaigil Broch.
- "Munromagic.com Ben Hope". munromagic.com. 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- 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. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-09-21. Retrieved 19 July 2011.