Ben Loyal (from Scottish Gaelic Beinn Laghail)[1] 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 offers good views of the Kyle, Loch Loyal to the east, and Ben Hope to the west.

Ben Loyal
Beinn Laghail
Ben Loyal from the north. An Caisteal is the jagged peak second from the left.
Highest point
Elevation764 m (2,507 ft)
Prominence609 m (1,998 ft)
Parent peakBen Hope
ListingCorbett, Marilyn
Pronunciation/ˌbɛn ˈlɔɪ.əl/
LocationSutherland, Scotland
OS gridNC578488
Topo mapOS Landranger 10

Ben Loyal is composed chiefly of granite - specifically syenite,[2] and 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.

Ben Loyal's name is thought to mean "law mountain", although the derivation via its modern Gaelic name is not certain.[1]


Ben Loyal is a part of Ben Loyal Estate, formerly owned by Adam Knuth of Knuthenborg, Denmark. In 2012, The Daily Telegraph reported that fellow Dane Anders Holch Povlsen now owned the 24,000-acre (9,700-hectare) estate.[3]

Access is by a farm track which approaches from the north, starting at a farm called Ribigill (rented until the early 20th century by the family of British actor David Mitchell).[4]

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  1. ^ a b Roddy Maclean (2010). "Gaelic and Norse in the Landscape: Placenames in Caithness and Sutherland" (PDF). Scottish Natural Heritage. p. 33. Retrieved 6 June 2019..
  2. ^ Gillen, Con (2013). Geology and landscapes of Scotland (2nd ed.). Dunedin. p. 188. ISBN 9781780460093.
  3. ^ Middleton, Christopher (13 May 2012). "The new viking invasion". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? (Season 6) - David Mitchell".

Coordinates: 58°24′16″N 4°26′07″W / 58.40439°N 4.43517°W / 58.40439; -4.43517