Ben Klibreck and the Vampire Jet Crash.

Ben Klibreck -is a mountain I have done on many occasions. Usually I climbed this in bad weather combining this with the most Northerly Munro Ben Hope. Ben Klibreck always caught the weather being a fairly isolated open mountain. The normal route to the summit can be hard going in wet weather.

From “Walk Highlands” Ben Klibreck is a huge, isolated massif rising high at the heart of the vast, empty moorlands that comprise the central part of Sutherland. This route avoids the worst of the bogs by making an enjoyable approach along the ridge, through there are still a couple of wet sections. The fabulous summit views are of a remarkably empty land.” You pass the Crask Inn a place I have great memories of and park on the lonely A836.

In winter it can be bleak but on a hot summer day it’s a special mountain with the seas an open moors sparkling Lochans in sun. I love the views of the lonely Ben Loyal in the distance. This is wild land

Ben Klibreck

In the past I have extended a day on Ben Kilbreck it by going to an aircraft crash site on the South East Spur of Meall Ailein and to a monument to the crew of a Vampire Trainer aircraft from Royal Naval Station Lossiemouth that crashed in 17 March 1955 sadly killing both crew.

The Memorial to the crew who died here.


The RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue team were involved in the recovery and located the crash in a wild March day all those years ago. The weather was wild and after a 6 hours search the aircraft was located. It is a remote site and a very impressive memorial set on the ridge with great views this wild part of Scotland. It is worth extending the day and going out to visit this site that few see.

The Crash site and memorial.

The monument is marked on the map and pieces of the aircraft can be found a grid reference Sheet 16/6182316 and NC 619305. Its a lonely place but well worth the walk out onto the ridge.

Old Press Cutting . Note spelling

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Ben Klibreck and the Vampire Jet Crash.

  1. Dave Earl says:

    Thanks for remembering Dave.

    Liked by 1 person

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