Walk: Beinn an Lochain - airy but not too scary

[Beinn an Lochain]

The sawtooth profile of Beinn an Lochain's northeast ridge is an intimidating sight from the top of the Rest and Be Thankful pass on the A83. Amazingly this short, steep route rewards the walker with all the fabulous views you'd expect from a ridge of this shape, but with next to no scrambling. In fact in good weather the greatest barrier to progress is more likely to be the small but potentially serious bog encountered just a few steps from the starting layby. With a total distance of only 3 miles, this is possibly a feasible post-work evening trip from Glasgow during the summer months.

[The excellent path negotiates improbably steep terrain with hardly any need to put hands to rock]

Name: Walk: Beinn an Lochain - airy but not too scary ★★★☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 720 metres
Main summits: Beinn an Lochain (901 metres, Corbett)
Points of interest: Easan Dubh waterfall
Start / finish: Layby on A83 between Loch Restil and Butterbridge, G.R.: NN 234088 / topics thighs clinic

Route: Layby - burn crossing just above Easan Dubh waterfall - Beinn an Lochain summits via northeast ridge - return by outward route
Terrain: Clear, narrow path expertly avoids any difficulties, although some exposure for short stretches, and a couple of points where hands may be needed in wet weather. Short but significant boggy section immediately after crossing the burn at the start.
Wildlife today: Cuckoos audible above the hum of A83 traffic in the forest at the foot of the ridge.
Weather today: Temperatures into the low teens at the bottom, with blue skies and a gentle breeze. Large snow patches around, but none encroaching significantly on the path.

[Glen Kinglas from the ridge]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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