Beinn Teallach and Beinn a' Chaorain
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It had been a long break from hillwalking of any sort, and
it seemed like the longer I was away from the hills the less
inclined I was to getting me and my gear back into them. The
idea of roaming manfully up a steep slope still had great appeal,
but that was more in my dreams than in my boots.
These 2 hills, just to the west
of Creag Meagaidh, looked like easy pickings to get me back
into the swing of things again. Or so I thought... I now am
a firm believer that there is no such thing as an easy munro.
I concede that there are some munros that are easier than others,
but every hill puts out a physical challenge of some degree.
Anyway, the crux is that Beinn Teallach and Beinn a' Chaorain
look much easier on paper than in reality. It's quite a long,
steady plod up the grassy slopes to Beinn a' Chaorain but once
this summit is attained that's most of the hard work done. We
picked our way up throught the boggy area around Coire Clachaig,
which with the wonders of hindsight was a bit of a school boy
error, as the shoulder should provide easier walking, and maybe
even a path.
up the forestry road from Roughburn and it will wind in
a generally NW direction. When the road forks at GR372822
follow the road to the east. (You'll come back from Beinn
Teallach along the other fork at the end of the day.)
- Follow the forestry road for a further 800m until you come
to the obvious firebreak that provides access to the southerly
slopes of Beinn a' Chaorain. The land owner has put in a welcome
amount of effort into stiles to navigate the fences in the
- Once out of the woods head N following the Allt Clachaig
until you can make your way to the shoulder of Beinn a' Chaorrain;
it's then just a steady plod NE to the summit (GR386851, 1049m).
The top is considered to be the middle of the 3 tops and therefore
the munro, however the OS map indicates that the most southerly
top is the highest.
- From the summit of Beinn a' Chaorain head NNW down the heathery
slopes to the col at GR373870.
- From the col it's a much more gentle slope that leads 300
metres SW up to the summit of the second munro Beinn Teallach
- From the summit follow the gentle ridge southwards before
dropping down to the W alongside the Allt a' Chaorainn to
pick up the path that leads to the landrover track and then
on to the original forestry track that you enjoyed all those
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