Beinn Dorain & Beinn An Dothaidh

Start Point: Bridge of Orchy Station carpark
Grid Reference: OS sheet 50 - GR301394
Time: 4-7 hours
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View from summit of Beinn An Dothaidh

Introduction

These two hills provide and excellent walk in either winter or summer. Views in all directions are fantastic and in particular to the north across Rannoch Moor, towards the Glencoe Ski area, The Mamores and Grey Corries.

   
Beinn Dorain from the slopes of Beinn an Dothaidh

Route

  • Leave the car park at Bridge of Orchy Station and walk under the railway bridge to a gate that opens onto the West Highland Way and the open hillside.

  • Take the obvious path and head alongside Ailt Coire an Dothaidh and up into Coire an Dothiadh.

  • The path steepens towards the col between the two hills. From the col, either summit can be attempted although most people climb Beinn Dorain first

 
  • Head south from the col. The path meanders along the ridge, narrowing towards the summit giving views down into Auch Gleann and Glen Orchy. Watch out for the false summit with a fairly major cairn - this fools many an unsuspecting walker into believing they have reached the summit.
  • The true summit is a further couple of hundred metres across a dip in the ridge (GR 326378).
   
  • Next retrace your steps from the summit to the col and head along the path towards the grassy slopes of Beinn an Dothaidh. The path disappears but head for the middle of the tops - this is the true summit (GR 332408) of Beinn an Dothaidh.
  • Once you reach the second summit, there are excellent views north across Rannoch Moor.
  • Descend by either retracing your steps to the col or following the ridge to the western top and descend from there.
View from Ben An Dothaidh looking north to Black Mount, The Mamores & Grey Corries

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