Walk: Hawk's eye view from Beinn Chabhair

[Looking back along the ridge from Beinn Chabhair summit]

Starting promisingly with a steep climb alongside an attractive series of waterfalls, this relatively straightforward but soggy Munro ascent encompasses the good, the bad and the ugly of Scottish hillwalking. The ridge path to Beinn Chabhair (Hill of the Hawk) is a joy: it's just a shame there isn't more of it, and that it's preceded by two relatively featureless miles of wet ground (albeit on a path throughout), spoilt further by power lines to the south. Plan to visit after at least a week of sunny weather - next forecast for summer 2022. The Drovers Inn at the end of the walk serves food all day and is Scotland's oldest pub, first opening in 1705. According to the website: "Pub of the year 1705"...

[The squelchy middle section of the walk does have a few pretty spots]

Name: Walk: Hawk's eye view from Beinn Chabhair ★☆☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 1010 metres
Main summits: Beinn Chabhair (933 metres, Munro)
Points of interest: Beinglas Falls
Start / finish: Car park on the A82 opposite The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan, G.R.: NN 318185 / bagpipes whiplash pheasants

Route: Car park - Beinglas Farm campsite (skirt southern edge) - Beinglas Falls - path junction just before Lochan Beinn Chabhair - Meall nan Tarmachan - Beinn Chabhair - return by outward route
Terrain: Steep hill path alongside Beinglas Falls becomes flatter but soggy until Meall nan Tarmachan is reached, then good path along summit ridge.
Wildlife today: Solitary wild goat with impressive horns on return by Beinglas Falls; sheep and a few midges by the campsite; a few frogs.
Weather today: Complicated inversion conditions with numerous cloud layers from 100 metres upwards, but patches of blue sky in between. Moderate chilly breeze only on the ridge and temperatures struggling into double figures, but dry.

[Emerging from the valley fog above Beinglas Falls]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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