Hill: Druim na h-Earba
Date: Monday 15th February 2016
Company: Myself, Becky and Cuillin
Distance: 2.2km, Ascent: 125m
Time: 1Hr

Prior to heading home today from our weekend based in and around Fort William, I decided to squeeze in one more Sub2000ft Marilyn. I last ascended Druim na h-Earba in February 2010. It is in my view a hill that provides maximum reward in terms of views for minimal effort (circa twenty minutes of ascent).

As per my previous ascent, I parked at the roadside viewpoint where there is room for several cars.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

From the viewpoint, it is simply as case of heading through the gate and following the track beyond all the way to the summit.

Fort William from roadside viewpoint:

During the ascent we could see across to the zig-zag tourist path on Ben Nevis. The tourist path is currently plastered with snow.

Ben Nevis:

Ben Nevis (zoom):

Becky was keen to have her photo taken with Ben Nevis in the background. She is keen to ascend it in perhaps a couple of years time.

Becky and Ben Nevis:

Looking towards the Mamores:

Becky ascending Druim na h-Earba:

The ascent of Druim na h-Earba provides great views back to Fort William and great views across to Ben Nevis. However, the best views are to be had from the summit. Well worth the wait!

Looking back to Fort William:

Looking back to Fort William:

Becky was really impressed with the views from the summit and couldn't believe how easy it was to get to the top. There are not many hills in Scotland which provide such great views for only twenty minutes of effort.

We spent around fifteen minutes at the summit admiring the views and taking photographs. There was not a breath of wind up there today, so it was not too cold to hang around.

Becky and Cuillin at the summit of Druim na h-Earba:

Loch Linnhe and Ardgour from the summit of Druim na h-Earba:

Loch Linnhe towards Corpach, Caol and Fort William:

Ben Nevis from the summit of Druim na h-Earba:

Looking towards the Mamores from the summit of Druim na h-Earba:

Cuillin at the summit of Druim na h-Earba:

After taking numerous photos, we returned to the car via the same route. We took our time coming down as the ground was frozen hard.

Ben Nevis during descent:

This is a fantastic wee hill. If you have an hour spare on visiting Fort William, an ascent of Druim na h-Earba is well worth the minimal effort.