Great wee hills: Ben Stack – Sutherland.

Situated in the far North of scotland in Sutherland this mountain is to me iconic. I have climbed it several times twice in winter and the views on a good day are magnificent. You rarely meet many folk on it and though near the road it’s a great short day. It lies southeast of Laxford Bridge and northwest of Loch More along the A838 road, and just west of Loch Stack.

This mountain is so shapely though not big on stature it’s still a real mountain. So many miss it on there journey to better known mountains in the area. I did it as an afterthought and loved it the views are outstanding of the sea and the vastness of this area. It is surrounded by cliffs but the path up it takes you on to the ridge and on a good day the views expand as you climb, There are great views of Foinaven and Arkle the hill can look intimidating but there is a route through the crags.

A grand hill : Ben Stack is a mountain in Sutherland, in the northwest of Scotland. It is 721 m (2,365 ft) high. It lies southeast of Laxford Bridge and northwest of Loch More along the A838 road, and just west of Loch Stack.

Note – Apparently Tolkien’s inspiration for Mordor……. Great hill Lorriane

Ben Stack photo Babs MMC

Walk Highlands – “Ben Stack is a very fine and shapely mountain rising in splendidly above Loch Stack. Its ascent is a short hillwalk, usually begun from the southeast with a short bog at the start. There is a steeper alternative approach from the north. In winter it’s a superb short day though I have only climbed it twice. My pal Angus Jack was up for a sunset in winter and took a great photo looking towards the sea as the sun set.

Many years ago when I was on duty in the ARCC when we received a call in August 2005 for helicopter assistance. 

The news was that former Cabinet minister Robin Cook, 59, has died after collapsing while hill walking in north-west Scotland on Ben Stack. 

It is believed he was taken ill while walking with his wife Gaynor near the summit of Ben Stack, at around 1420 BST, Northern Constabulary said.

Mr Cook was flown by coastguard helicopter to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, where he was pronounced dead, said an NHS Highland spokesman. 

Mr Cook quit as Commons leader in March 2003, in protest over the war in Iraq.

Following Mr Cook’s death, former friends and colleagues paid tribute to him. 

The Conservative leader Michael Howard said: “He is a very great loss. He was someone who made an immense contribution to our political life.”

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said: “Scottish, British and international politics have lost a good and gifted man.

It was more than three hours before police confirmed his death, as it is believed family members were being informed. 

That was a busy day.

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 when body slows, loves the wild places.
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