Walk: Beinn an Lochain - airy but not too scary

Argyll & Bute | Arrochar Alps | Half day walk | ★★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Beinn an Lochain - airy but not too scary ★★★★
Start / finish at layby on A83 1 mi north of Rest and Be Thankful, G.R.: NN 234088 ///topics.thighs.clinic

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 720 m | ⌚ Half a day | Tough
Features: Easan Dubh waterfall; △ Beinn an Lochain (901 m, Corbett)
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.

Route & map

Layby - burn crossing just above Easan Dubh waterfall - Beinn an Lochain summits via northeast ridge - return by outward route

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Cuckoos audible above the hum of A83 traffic in the forest at the foot of the ridge.
Weather: 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]


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