Ben Avon

Key information: Ben Avon

    Bulky Ben Avon is a bit featureless if approached from the south, but from the north you can get its cliffs and tors and gorgeous Glen Avon.​

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Vital Statistics

  • Length: 40km/Approaching 13 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,171m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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The bulky mass of Ben Avon lies between Deeside and the upper river Avon, before it turns north to Tomintoul. Its most interesting side (and its cliffs, which are fine but relatively fewer than other Cairngorm mountains) are to the north: here are its famous tors, which you can scramble over in passing. And the approach along Glen Avon is really lovely.

Ben Avon is approachable in long day-walks from several directions: from the south via Glen Quoich and Glen Slugain, but this is less exciting than the approach from the north

This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared.

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