Walk: Narnain & Ime - utterly buttery
|[Reaching Beinn Narnain's summit involves tackling a steep, narrow gully beneath the dramatic Spearhead]|
The popular Munro of Beinn Narnain translates as the Hill of notches. Indeed, a few narrow notches help with the final steps to the craggy summit after a relentless ascent direct from Succoth at sea level. Beinn Ime is the bigger sibling and the highest point in the Arrochar Alps, translating as the Hill of butter. This perfectly describes the smooth ascent of this hill from the south, although the name actually relates to the dairy product churned here in the past. Fascinating rock architecture and excellent views of the iconic Cobbler and the rest of the Alps are ample reward for long ascents nearly adding up to the height of Ben Nevis.
|[Beinn Ime is tackled here from its gentlest side]|
Name: Walk: Narnain & Ime - utterly buttery ★★★★☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 1330 metres
Main summits: Beinn Narnain (926 metres, Munro); Beinn Ime (1011 metres, Munro)
Start / finish: Car park on A83 near Succoth, G.R.: NN 295049 / mixing empires thunder
Route: Car park - Cruach nam Miseag - Beinn Narnain - Bealach a' Mhaim - Beinn Ime - return to Bealach a' Mhaim - Allt a' Bhalachain - start
Terrain: Rough, steep path to Beinn Narnain may need the odd hand and is easily missed after the first hundred metres on a track. Descent to the bealach is easier; Beinn Ime reached by a soggy, faint path. Return is on an excellent path then track.
Wildlife today: Frogs, dragonflies and leeches (!) on the steep ascent.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy at start, becoming sunny and warm with light winds.
|[Loch Long from the start at Succoth]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands