Ben Alder is largest Munro in the region and one of Scotland's greats. Sitting at 1148m its dwarfs all its nearest neighbours. The hill itself is a large massif with serious crags on its eastern face overlooking Lochan a Bhealaich Bheithe which separates it from neighbouring Munro Beinn Bheoil. The normal route of ascent is from either of its northern ridges affectionately known as "Long Leachas" or the "Short Leachas". As mentioned Ben Alder is usually climbed in conjunction with Beinn Bheoil via the SE ridge crossing Beallach Breabag to connect to the summit ridge of Bheoil.
Ben Alder has a reputation of one of the best and this is clear to see from any angle. The Munro is best seen from Loch Ericht side where you can fully appreciate the craggy eastern flanks and take in all this complex Munro has to offer. Beinn Bheoil also fills your vision across the valley to make a fantastic panoramic view.
Ben Alder also has the benefit of being one of the most remote Munros especially for the central highlands. Access points are either from the north at Glen Spean or north east at Dalwhinne each with an extremely long walk in although lot of it can be cycled over land rover tracks. There is also access from Corrour Halt on the West Highland Line just west of Loch Ossian.
To make an expedition of it there are 2 bothies which can be used to make a multi day trip taking in many of these fantastic remote Munros.