Ben Donich Hill Walk

Ben Donich from the Rest and Be Thankful | Distance: 7.5km / 4.5 miles | Time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours |Ascent: 575m

“To fully appreciate the mighty 2779 feet of Ben Donich it is best viewed from sea level at Loch Goil looking over Lochgoilhead village. The walk is a rewarding one and starts at the top of the glen near the Rest and be Thankful thereby reducing the climbing. This makes it no less enjoyable. The views from the summit include Jura, the Firth of Clyde, Arran and Ben Cruachan.” Recommended by: Leonard Gow, Lochgoilhead Holidays.

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Walk Description

You can park at the Rest and be Thankful car park or drive on not far down the Lochgoilhead road where you’ll see a forestry road with a few parking places.

  • Starting from this car perk there is a is a sign saying ‘Hill access to Ben Donich’.
  • From this higher-level starting point you will find a good path most of the way with white marker posts, though it is not continuous as you reach the summit.
  • There is a tricky area is a slight downwards scramble to negotiate – it is straightforward with care. There are some steep sections and you should be able to read a map.
  • The route can be slightly boggy in places, and like all the walks in the Arrochar Alps, you’ll need proper footwear.
  • Given clear conditions, the superb views include Ben Lomond, Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain, as well as the length of Loch Goil. The summit itself, a Corbett at 857 metres, is marked by a triangulation point.
  • You return via the same route or you can head down to (no path) the path between Glen Croe and Lochgoilhead but this is rough going.

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Start of the cliimb – clearly markedStart of the cliimb – clearly marked

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View back toward Loch Restil and the Rest and be Thankful

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The only tricky part – downward scramble

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Loch Goil from the Ben Donich summit

Transport

If you time it right  it is possible to take a bus from Lochgoilhead up to the Rest and be Thankful to start this walk. You could then do the walk via the Summit back to Lochgoilhead.

Disclaimer

The route description and comments provided here are intended to complement and not replace the descriptions found in official guidebooks. You should equip yourself with a map, dress accordingly and have suitable footwear and a level of fitness to undertake this hill climb. There are walking guides and leaflets available from the Tourist Information Centres and you can find further information online.

Winter Safety

If you are hill walking in winter conditions please make sure you are equipped and experienced for the route you are walking.