Ben Cruachan

Ben Cruachan (Gaelic: Cruach na Beinne) is a 1126 m mountain that is the highest point in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It gives its name to the Cruachan Dam, a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station located in a cavern inside the mountain, Cruachan! is the battle cry for Highland clans Campbell and MacIntyre.

Ben Cruachan
Ben Cruachan, seen from Meall Cuanail
Highest point
Elevation1,126 m (3,694 ft)[1]
Prominencec. 881 m
Ranked 14th in British Isles
Parent peakBen Lawers
ListingMunro, Marilyn, Council top (Argyll and Bute)
English translationMountain of Peaks[2]
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [ˈkʰɾuəx nə ˈpeɲə]
LocationLoch Etive/Loch Awe, Scotland
Parent rangeGrampian Mountains
OS gridNN069304
Topo mapOS Landranger 36

It is the high point of a ring of mountains, known as the Cruachan Horseshoe, that surrounds the power station reservoir. The horseshoe includes a further Munro (Stob Diamh), a Corbett (Beinn a' Bhuiridh), and several subsidiary summits.

See also


  1. "walkhighlands Ben Cruachan". 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  2. Butterfield, Irvine (1986). The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland. London: Diadem Books. ISBN 978-0-906371-71-8.

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