Colin's Munros


Beinn a'Bheithir: Sgorr Dhonuill & Sgorr Dhearg, Map 384; 26th Nov 2004 & 9th Jun 2007

Route 1 09/06/07: 1412m = 4635' ascent; 8.2 miles.
Route 2 26/11/04: 1320m = 4330' ascent; 8.7 miles; 5hrs 45 mins

Sgorr Dhonuill seen from its east ridge.

Route 1 (09/06/07): This is the normal route and usually a better choice than route 2. There is a well-constructed path up to the edge of the forestry.

1 Park at P in South Ballachulish NN046589    45    00.0 miles
2 Tracks & path S to col NN048555 7557102.5 miles
3 W over bump to M Sgorr Dhonuill 10019553.0 miles
4 Return E to col 755 3.5 miles
5 ENE to M Sgorr Dhearg 102412254.15 miles
6 E to col 900  
7 NE to T Sgorr Bhan 94712704.6 miles
8 Return SW to col 900  
9 W to M Sgorr Dhearg 102413955.05 miles
10 Return WSW to col 755 5.7 miles
11 Return by path/track N to car park.   4514128.2 miles

Route 2 (26/11/04): I traded the usual route, route 1, for a boring start on an easy track which I could do in semi-darkness and an enjoyable descent from Sgorr Ban at the end. There are good paths along the ridge and along the valley, but no connecting path up to col on this route. It is probably better to do this route in reverse, ascending by the sharp NE ridge of Sgorr Ban to S of Allt a'Choire Riabhaich (as recommended in SMC Munro book.)
Weather: Overcast but clearing; cloud at 1000m; showery; 20 mins rain from 1010.

0640 Park at P in Ballachulish NN084585
(first right once off A82).
    5   00.0 miles
  Take B road S to bridge over river,
cross footbridge and take C road
S passed school to quarry NN081574.
  60  550.75 miles
0820 Ascend excellent track S/SW/W to dense
Forestry Commission trees NN057546.
2752703.4 miles
  Ascend N to corner of forestry (350m)
and set compass direct to bealach.
0920 NW to Bealach NN047555 7557504.2 miles
0950 W over bump to M Sgorr Dhonuill NN040555 100110054.7 miles
1010 Return E to bealach NN047555 755 5.2 miles
1040 E/ENE to M Sgorr Dhearg NN056558 (trig post) 10241275 
1050 E down to col 901  
1055 NE to T Sgorr Bhan NN062560 94713206.3 miles
  Unwisely descended scree gully into Coire Riabhaich
instead of taking the NE ridge to its south.
  NE to track at quarry   60 7.8 miles
1225 N to P in Ballachulish.     51320m8.6 miles

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