Walk: Dorain & Dothaidh double

Argyll & Bute | Bridge of Orchy | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Beinn Dòrain from the A82 north of Tyndrum (23/5/16)]

Few people travelling north towards Glencoe will have failed to notice the majestic cone of Beinn Dòrain, dominating views from both the A82 and the West Highland Line beyond Tyndrum. Reaching the summit from this direction would surely be an exhausting slog, but our route (the normal route) tackles the hill from its less intimidating, western aspect, starting at Bridge of Orchy whether your mode of transport is by road or rail. Waterfalls line the eroded ascent (leave the path to get the best views of these) to a bealach adorned with large cairn and lochan. From here it's a straightforward tramp south to the true summit, which is a few hundred metres beyond the false summit of Carn Sasunnaich (Englishman's cairn), which seems to have been named in an attempt to mock southerners' navigational skills. A second Munro, Beinn an Dothaidh, can easily be added on the other side of the bealach. Pathless sections and a little bog will be encountered on the way up this one, but the ground drops away beyond the summit to give superlative views of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount range, particularly from the unnamed, western top.

[Fantastic views across Rannoch Moor from Beinn an Dothaidh]

📌 Walk: Dorain & Dothaidh double ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on A82 at Bridge of Orchy, G.R.: NN 297395 ///warms.inversion.correct

▶ 14 km / 9 mi | ▲ 1230 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: △ Beinn Dòrain (1076 m, Munro); △ Beinn an Dothaidh (1004 m, Munro)
Terrain: Reasonable paths for vast majority of the route, sometimes eroded, steep and rough. Some pathless and boggy sections on Beinn an Dothaidh.

Route & map

Car park - pass under railway at Bridge of Orchy station - Coire an Dòthaidh - bealach between the two Munros - Carn Sasunnaich - Beinn Dòrain - return to bealach - Beinn an Dothaidh true summit - Beinn an Dothaidh west top - return to bealach - start by outward route

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Cuckoo heard from the car park; chickens in Bridge of Orchy, sheep and lambs.
Weather: Often sunny with some high cloud sheets; temperatures rising to mid teens at the base but a chilly wind at times.

Chronological photo guide

[Beinn Dothaidh (left) & Beinn Dòrain (right) from Bridge of Orchy station]

[Great views over Glen Orchy from the eroded ascent path]

[Waterfall on the Allt Coire an Dòthaidh]

[Approaching Coire an Dòthaidh]

[Black Mount from the ascent]

[Coire an Dòthaidh]

[Looking back from the bealach]

[Lochan at the bealach]

[Ascending Beinn Dòrain from the bealach]

[Looking back into Coire an Dòthaidh]


[Coire a' Ghabhalach]

[Beinn an Dothaidh from the ascent of Beinn Dòrain]

[Peering into Gleann Achadh-innis Chailein from near Carn Sasunnaich]

[Beinn Dòrain]

[Beinn Dòrain]

[View east towards Loch Lyon from Beinn Dòrain]

[View west towards Glen Orchy from Beinn Dòrain]

[Approaching Beinn an Dothaidh]

[The ascent of Beinn an Dothaidh is pathless in places]

[Beinn an Dothaidh summit cairn]

[View from Beinn an Dothaidh's west top]

[View from Beinn an Dothaidh's west top]

[Beinn Dòrain from the A82 to the south (23/5/16)]


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