Ben Loyal from the north. An Caisteal is the jagged peak second from the left.
|Elevation||764 m (2,507 ft)|
|Prominence||609 m (1,998 ft)|
|Parent peak||Ben Hope|
|Translation||Hill of the level top (Norse)|
|Pronunciation||[English: /ˌbɛn ˈlɔɪ.əl/]|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 10|
Ben Loyal is an isolated mountain of 764 m in Sutherland, the northwestern tip of the Scottish Highlands. It is a Corbett located south of the Kyle of Tongue, and provides good views of the Kyle, Loch Loyal to the east, and Ben Hope to the west.
It has a distinctive shape due to the four rocky peaks, the highest of which is called An Caisteal. To the north of An Caisteal is the 712 m Sgòr Chaonasaid, to the south is Bheinn Bheag (744 m), which cannot be seen in the photograph opposite, and to the west is the ridge of Sgòr a Chèirich, 644 m at its highest point. The fourth peak in the picture is the 568 m Sgòr Fionnaich.
Access is by a farm track which approaches from the north, starting at a farm called Ribigill.
Ben Loyal is composd chiefly of granite.
Ben Loyal is a part of Ben Loyal Estate, owned by the Chamberlain Count Adam Knuth of Knuthenborg, Denmark