Ben Lawers is the signature peak of the area, it is a big hill!
At 3973 ft Ben Lawers is just 17ft short of joining the elusive 4000 footer club. People were furious by this and in 1878 a group of guys tried to erect a 20 foot cairn on the summit to promote Ben Lawers into the club. But unfortunatley the Scottish weather system got the better of it and brought it down…worth a try though!
Ben Lawers is the second peak in a ring of 5 Munros called the Lawers Ridge. These peaks form an arc around Lochan na Cat at the head of Lawers Burn. The Munros can all be accomplished in one outing or breaking it down into smaller outings is also a possibility. Ben Lawers has 2 main ridges. Its south west ridge leads down to Beinn Ghlas and the north east ridge leads to An Stuc. The north east ridge offers some great scrambling opportunities over craggy terrain.
Most routes start at the NTS visitor centre car park but this will take you up a horridly eroded path. To avoid this an alternative route starts from Lochan Na Cat slightly east of Ben Lawers. A steep path will take you up the north east ridge of Ben Lawers and on to the summit.