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Ben Hope

Coordinates: 58°24′49″N 4°36′31″W / 58.41355°N 4.60874°W / 58.41355; -4.60874
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Ben Hope
Beinn Hòb
Ben Hope from the west shore of Loch Eriboll
Highest point
Elevation927 m (3,041 ft)[1]
Prominence772 m (2,533 ft)
Parent peakBen Klibreck
ListingMunro, Marilyn
English translationmountain of the bay
Language of nameScottish Gaelic and Norse
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [peɲ ˈhɔːp]
LocationSutherland, Scotland
OS gridNC477502
Topo mapOS Landranger 9
Cloud over Ben Hope from Hope Road, Strath More.

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.

The Aetherius Society considers it to be one of its 19 holy mountains.[3][4][5]


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.

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ben Hope". Hill Bagging - the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Holy Mountains Of The World". The Aetherius Society, New Zealand Branch. 13 May 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  4. ^ "Holy Mountains". The Aetherius Society. 2 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2024.
  5. ^ "Aetherius Society Holy Mountains". Peakbagger. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2024.

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