Colin's Munros


Beinn Mhanach, Map 377E; 2nd February 2006

Route: 880m = 2900' ascent; 11.6 miles; 4.5 hrs

Route: A short walk for day of return journey from holiday. This route is best done in very dry weather because of fords. However, most of the river crossings can be avoided by keeping to the E side of the Allt Kinglass even when the track crosses to the W side, and, if necessary, sticking to the S side of its tributary, the Allt a'Chuirn. Barring a significant detour, there is then just the unavoidable fording of the Allt Coralan.
Access: The walk starts on the A82 midway between Tyndrum & Bridge of Orchy at the private road to Auch Farm. Park on the right 100m down road to Auch just before the "private road" notice where there is space for four or five cars. If necessary, there is also limited parking on the east side of the A82, 100m south of the Auch Farm road. The description below is from the West Highland Way at NN317354. The ascents/descents between the track and the tops are direct and therefore steep, but quite straightforward.
Weather: 4°C at car; totally overcast, cloud level 5000', valley ground very boggy but fortunately frozen, resulting in low water levels for forded rivers. No rain, but whisps of cloud clinging to hills at most levels from road up.
Rating: Boring hills, but good views from tops.
Mobile: No Orange at car.

0850 West Highland Way (0.8 miles from A82) 200   00.0 miles
0855 Track NE up Gleann Ach'-innis Chailein to
deep ford over Allt Coralan. (Easy after
2 weeks of no rain and freezing conditions)
210  10 
0900 Track NE under viaduct 220  20 
  Stay on SE bank of Allt Kinglass till just
before barn buildings at Ais-an t-Sidhean.
0930 Pass edge of trees NN349382 260  602.3 miles
0935 Track where it returns to E bank NN350383 265  65 
0945 Cross to W side of Allt a'Chuirn at ford
and barns NN353389 (Ais-an t-Sidhean).
275  753.0 miles
0950 NE to next ford at NN355393 290  90 
1005 Track N/NW to point where hydro-electric
road reaches pipeline level NN354399
3901903.5 miles
1100 Head NNE directly up hill (left skyline from barns)
– a steep but easy grassy ascent to
T Beinn a'Chuirn NN360409
9237254.25 miles
1110 ENE to Col 849  
1125 E to M Beinn Mhanach NN373411
(Excellent view of surrounding hills from here:
B.Achaladair, B.Lawers, B.Nevis, Cairngorms)
9538305.2 miles
1205 Head SW to valley track at about 350m 350  
1210 W to track split NN357396 310 6.7 miles
1220 S on W bank to barns (Ais-an t-Sidhean) and river ford. 275 7.2 miles
1250 Path S to rejoin track at ford NN341374 245 8.7 miles
1305 Track SSW to viaduct 220  
1310 SW to ford of Allt Coralan 210  
1315 Track WSW back to W. Highland Way 200 10.2 miles

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