Walk: Chochuill & Eunaich - Dalmally duo

Argyll & Bute | Lochawe | Full day walk | ★★★

[View along the ridge from Beinn a' Chochuill to Beinn Eunaich]

Beinn a' Chochuill (Hill of the hood) and Ben Eunaich (Hill of the fowling) both catch the eye in the classic view of popular Kilchurn Castle. The hills themselves are a bit neglected by comparison, but a gently-graded track makes light work of the approach and some of the ascent, with Highland cows grazing on the verge and conveniently-spaced boulders to perch on for a break. Further up, a hill path begins promisingly but quickly fizzles out, though eventually re-establishes itself higher up. The highlights of these two Munros are spectacular views to the north towards the Black Mount and the back of Glencoe, west to Loch Etive and brooding Ben Cruachan, and back across Loch Awe and the castle. The ridge linking the two summits is good fun too, but the last part of the descent is not: no-one likes a steep, eroded, loose and slippery path! Our trip was a good reminder of how quickly the weather can change in the hills, no matter the forecast; compare our photos taken early in the walk to the ones from later in the day.

[Fabulous views down Loch Etive from a frosty Beinn a' Chochuill summit]

📌 Walk: Chochuill & Eunaich - Dalmally duo ★★★
▶ 13 km / 8 miles | ▲ 1220 metres
Summits: Beinn a' Chochuill (980 metres, Munro); Beinn Eunaich (989 metres, Munro)
Start / finish: Space for a few cars on B8077 at bridge over Allt Mhoille, a mile northeast of Lochawe, G.R.: NN 136288 ///outfit.devoured.summer

Route: Start - leave track at G.R.: NN 124315 - join ridge near 896 metre spot height - Beinn a' Chochuill - retrace steps & continue to Beinn Eunaich - descend south ridge - rejoin outward route at G.R.: 129307 - start
Terrain: Good track for first few miles and end. Paths on grass / mud / rock for most of remainder, steep in places (especially on final descent to track). One pathless section soon after leaving track on ascent.
Wildlife today: Sheep and Highland cows; solitary ptarmigan on Beinn Eunaich.
Weather today: Unbroken sunshine to start, but deteriorating later with hill fog on Beinn Eunaich. Close to freezing on summits with a chilly breeze at times.

[The descent has great views over the end of Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands

More photos

[Stob Daimh, part of the Ben Cruachan range, from near the start]

[View of the day's targets: Beinn a' Chochuill (left) and Beinn Eunaich (right)]

[Speedy progress on an excellent track at first]

[Highland cows are a feature of the ascent...]

[...as are sheep]

[All good things come to an end: this small cairn marks where to leave the track]

[The steep pull up Beinn a' Chochuill is tempered by great views back]

[Beinn Eunaich from the ascent route]

[The Ben Cruachan massif in shadow]

[Nearly at the ridge!]

[View north to the Black Mount from Beinn a' Chochuill's broad ridge]

[A fine ridge walk to Beinn a' Chochuill - and you get to do it twice]

[Approaching the summit of Beinn a' Chochuill]

[Glen Kinglass from the summit]

[Cloud beginning to shroud Ben Cruachan]

[Beinn a' Chochuill summit cairn]

[Ascent to Beinn Eunaich]

[View back to Beinn a' Chochuill from the western slope of Beinn Eunaich]

[Beinn Eunaich living up to its name: a ptarmigan near the summit]

[Beinn Eunaich summit cairn in the mist]

[Emerging from the cloud on descent]

[Ben Cruachan (left) and Beinn a' Chochuill (right) from the descent]

[A sting in the tail: the unpleasant part of the descent]


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