Ben Rinnes

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Ben Rinnes
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View of Ben Rinnes from the south-east
Summit: 2,759 feet NJ255354
57°24’12"N, 3°14’29"W

Ben Rinnes is a mountain in Banffshire. It is popular with hikers with the sight from the summit that is described as truly amazing.

The mountain is to be found five miles southwest of Dufftown. The mountain has one main path and can be easily accessed from the nearby car park. The Friends of Ben Rinnes programme has been working on the paths to make it more accessible to the public and to prevent further erosion of the fragile ecosystem on the steep slopes and has been rather successful.

The name of the mountain is Gaelic, and means 'Promontory hill'.

View aspects

From the summit it is possible to see nine counties; Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Morayshire, Nairnshire, Inverness-shire, Ross-shire and Cromartyshire, Sutherland, and Caithness. Another draw for the hiker are the waterfalls from the many rivers that flow down the mountain such as Linn of Ruthie.

Ben Rinnes hill race

A hill race has been held on Ben Rinnes for a number of years, as part of the Dufftown Highland Games. This race begins at the games field, goes over the neighbouring hills of Little Conval and Meikle Conval, then up to the summit of Ben Rinnes. Runners return by the same route. The race is 13.7 miles long, with over 4,920 feet of ascent. The current record is 1:54:02, set by Robbie Simpson in the 2011 race.[1]

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