Ben Wyvis National Nature Reserve
Nature Reserve in Easter Ross & Black Isle
A constant brooding presence on the skyline, the mountain of Ben Wyvis – at the gateway to the Wester Ross Biosphere – dominates the local area and is affectionately called ‘The Ben’. Stand on the summit and you’ll feel like you’re on the roof of the world, with spectacular views in all directions. The mossy cover on the summit hides many secrets, including summer nesting dotterel and the incredibly camouflaged ptarmigan which turns pure white in winter. On the lower slopes a unique mix of plants have adapted to the harsh conditions of this mighty mountain. The 6 hour walk to the summit and back requires good footwear, warm and waterproof clothing and a reasonable level of fitness. The weather can change quickly at any time of year, so it is essential to be properly prepared. Access is from a car park at Garbat on the A835. You can walk part way up the track to get a view of the eastern end of the hill. On the summit ridge please keep to the centre of the main route to help preserve this precious habitat, as the sensitive mosses are easy damaged by trampling.