Beinn Chabhair

Crianlarich hills

Start Point: Layby at Derrydaroch (see Multimap link)
Grid Reference: OS sheet 50 Derrydaroch GR352218
Time: 4 - 7 hours
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If you've read my account of Cruach Ardain you will already know that I took on this hill on the same day.... and once again I will emphasise that it really was too big a day. Should you wish to do more walking than just this hill, it could be added to An Caisteal and Beinn a'Chroin. This in itself is a sizeable task given the drop between peaks. With the weekend just passed with fatalaties on the hills and mountain rescue collecting idiots in jeans and trainers from Ben Nevis, it is important not to over estimate what can be accomplished in a day.

Beinn Chabhair from Coire a' Chuillinn
Beinn Chabhair was a good finish to a big day, there is over 300m drop between Beinn Chabhair and Beinn a'Chroin and the ascent to the summit is a bit of a slog up the grassy slopes. The next time I visit this hill I will be taking it on its own.


  • As I was coming from the peaks to the East, the ideal starting point would be the from the layby at Derrydaroch. (Online multimap). If one munro is not sufficient, this starting point offers easy access to Stob Glas leading to An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin.

  • Cross the bridge then follow the West Highland Way to the Allt a' Chuillinn. Then follow the path along side the burn for approximately 2 km. As the photo above shows there are numerous small waterfalls and beautiful views of the summit from this approach.

  • From GR357194 pick your way South up the steep grassy slopes to reach the ridge.

  • Once on the ridge there is a well worn path that winds its way over the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan and eventually makes it all the way to the summit of Beinn Chabhair (933m, GR367179).

  • From the summit a similar route can be followed to get back to the car..... and you can simply stay on the ridge as long as you wish before dropping down into the valley. Care should be taken not to simply follow the path west as the usual route starts about 5km south along the A82 at Beinglas farm (GR322187). However, this option may well offer a little variety to the walk finishing with a straight forward hike along the West Highland Way to the car. The decision is yours......

Grant and Dominic at the summit of Beinn Chabhair Some Belgian dudes on the West Highland Way, Beinn Chabhair in the background

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