Ben Wyvis

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For the Scottish whisky distillery, see Ben Wyvis (whisky distillery). For the steamship, see TSS Benwyvis.
Ben Wyvis - Glas Leathad Mòr
Ben wyvis.jpg
Ben Wyvis seen from near Loch Glascarnoch
Highest point
Elevation 1,046 m (3,432 ft) [1]
Prominence c. 691 m
Parent peak Beinn Dearg
Listing Marilyn, Munro
Translation Hill of terror - big green slope (Gaelic)
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [peɲ ˈuəʃ ˈklˠ̪as̪ʎɛhət̪ ˈmoːɾ]
Location Easter Ross, Scotland
OS grid NH463684
Topo map OS Landranger 20
Listed summits of Ben Wyvis
Name Grid ref Height Status
Glas Leathad Mòr NH463684 1046 m Munro, Marilyn
Tom a' Chòinnich NH463700 953 m Munro Top
An Cabar NH450666 946 m Munro Top
Glas Leathad Beag NH492706 928 m Munro Top, HuMP

Ben Wyvis (from the Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Uais meaning "Hill of Terror") is a mountain located in Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty, Highland, in northern Scotland, north-west of Dingwall. It forms an undulating ridge running roughly north-south for about 5 km, the highest summit of which is Glas Leathad Mòr. Geologically, the ridge is composed of Moine pelitic gneiss.

The summit ridge is carpeted with the woolly hair moss Racomitrium lanuginosum, rather than the heather or grass found on most other Scottish mountains,[citation needed] whilst the lower slopes support dwarf shrub heath and boglands. The heath and bogland is home to a variety of plants, including dwarf birch, cloudberry, dwarf cornel and alpine bearberry. The site is an important breeding ground for the Eurasian dotterel, and represents at least 2.4% of the breeding population in Great Britain [1]. The site is designated as both a National Nature Reserve and a Special Protection Area.

It is usually climbed from the west, as that side is easy of access from the A835 road. The lower slopes are forested, and owned by the Forestry Commission. The summit ridge itself is a National Nature Reserve.

Ben Wyvis stands on the northern edge of the Clan Munro country. By tradition, the Munros hold their land from the Crown. The King declared that they held their lands on condition of furnishing a snowball at midsummer if required. This condition they could easily fulfil, as snow was to be found in some of the mountain corries of their property all year round.


  1. ^ "walkhighlands Ben Wyvis". 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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Coordinates: 57°40′45″N 4°34′45″W / 57.67912°N 4.57922°W / 57.67912; -4.57922