walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Beinn Chabhair

Beinn Chabhair


Postby Redrock » Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:19 pm

Route description: Beinn Chabhair, from Inverarnan

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Chabhair

Date walked: 28/06/2011

Time taken: 7.2 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 940m

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).


our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



I was needing to get back into a wee bit of hill fitness having had a holiday in Majorca in the sun without ever thinking about attempting some of the fine mountains on that wee island. So Beinn Chabhair seemed a good choice. It was the one remaining "Crianlarich Munro" that I still had to climb and as a single hill it looked like a reasonably short day - and I had to be back in Cowdenbeath for an evening meeting. So I made the long drive from Fife via Crianlarich (almost two hours) and the first thing I noticed was that the road was descending quite a lot towards Inverernan! I got parked and soon was heading for the hills - taking care not to head through the camp site at Beinnglas Farm. :D

P1060733.JPG
The entrance to Beinn Glass Farm


Behind the farm the path rose steeply up the hill side - parallel to the burn. After I had been climbing some time I stopped for a rest and remembered to turn my GPS on. It said I was at 66 metres altitude! I thought I must have already climbed 200! :lol: So maybe I wasn't so fit!

P1060736.JPG
Climbing the hill


But the sight of the waterfall on the Ben Glas Burn refreshed me. Although it took me a little while to realise that the path continued up the hill just before you reached the waterfall.

P1060734.JPG
Ben Glas waterfall


After much effort I finally arrived up above the waterfall with the path ahead and the hill of my choice rising before me. :)

P1060739.JPG
The path to Beinn Chabhair


This was one of those paths that was good in places but boggy - and slippery - in others. I really don't like boggy paths :( but I just had to make the most of it. And there were some really pleasant waterfalls further up to cheer me on my way.

P1060741.JPG
Waterfall on Ben Glas Burn


Just before Lochan Beinn Chabhair I headed off north-east towards Meall nan Tarmachan and was soon glad to be climbing clear of the boggy ground and heading for the ridge.

P1060744.JPG
Towards Meall nan Tarmachan


Once on the ridge the walk became much more pleasant with the path meandering around lochans and up, round and over a wonderful landscape of hummocks and crags.

P1060749.JPG
A lochan on the ridge


P1060755.JPG
Over the hummocks!


I loved this part of the walk. :D It was so varied and interesting! It didn't seem long before the summit came into view behind a subsidiary top on the way.

P1060756.JPG
The summit of Beinn Chabhair comes into view


So it was fine to rest at the top and take in the view. You can see Ben Lomond in the background of my summit picture - over to the right! :D

P1060762.JPG
The summit of Beinn Chabhair


The views were great from the top. The Crianlarich Munros were very clear with the cloud just touching Ben More and Stob Binnein.

P1060759.JPG
Ben More and Stob Binnein in the distance


There were great views towards Ben Lui too - but it was looking a bit dark over there!

P1060765.JPG
Ben Lui and beyond


As I began my descent I could see the mysterious Lochan Caisteil high up on Ben Glas. I would really have liked to have descended that way but I suspected it would take longer and I didn't think I had the time to go down that way.

P1060771.JPG
Looking west towards Lochan Chaisteil


The journey down the ridge proved to be even more fun than the climb up! :D

P1060773.JPG
Down the ridge of Beinn Chabhair


At one of the lochans I met for the second time the only other walker I had seen on the hill. I had passed him earlier on the way up. It was a quiet day on the hill! :shh: You can just see a little red figure on the path below if you look very carefully! :D

P1060774.JPG
A walker in the distance


It was down to the boggy path again for me. Soon I was back at the burn and looking up at Beinn Chabhair with the sun now coming out on its slopes.

P1060777.JPG
Beinn Chabhair in the sun


I decided to follow one of the several "alternative paths" that stayed a bit to the north of the Ben Glas Burn - cutting the corner a bit. But I have to say it was worse than the regular path - okay if you like bogs, but not my kind of thing! Eventually I arrived back at the top of the waterfalls ready for the final descent!

P1060778.JPG
Approaching the head of the Ben Glas Waterfall


It was much quicker down - but still some care was needed. The path is quite eroded in places. :)

P1060780.JPG
The descent to Beinnglas Farm


I enjoyed the walk especially the ridge section from Meall nan Tarmachan to the summit of Beinn Chabhair. I must admit it was harder than I had anticipated - or maybe I was just a bit unfit! :oops: I definitely deserves the Walkhighlands bog factor of 3 - I would give it a 4 myself! But once I was out of the bogs it was worth every bit of the effort! 8)
User avatar
Redrock
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 245
Munros:134   Corbetts:11
Grahams:3   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:8   
Joined: Nov 30, 2010
Location: Cowdenbeath

Re: Beinn Chabhair

Postby Bod » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:24 am

Nice one Redrock, good for you getting the legs going again after being tempted by the Majorcan peaks! :D
User avatar
Bod
Walker
 
Posts: 1527
Munros:282   Corbetts:51
Grahams:30   Donalds:20
Sub 2000:42   Hewitts:9
Wainwrights:7   Islands:24
Joined: Jul 30, 2010
Location: Cowdenbeath

Re: Beinn Chabhair

Postby PeteR » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:32 pm

Nice report and pictures :D This is still on my to-do list. 1perhaps I'll leave it for the winter when it has a nice covering of snow 8)
User avatar
PeteR
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2056
Munros:282   Corbetts:158
Grahams:89   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:176   Hewitts:3
Islands:9
Joined: Jan 27, 2010
Location: North Ayrshire

Re: Beinn Chabhair

Postby rockhopper » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:11 pm

Nice one redrock :D - it's a very long time since I was up this hill but can still remember it being boggy even then.
Same for me - the sun always seems to come out at the end of a walk :?
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 6641
Munros:282   Corbetts:218
Grahams:64   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: May 31, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Beinn Chabhair

Postby Rossco » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:19 pm

Ahhh, so there is a path to Chabhair, just not the way I went! :lol: Quiet day when I was up there at the weekend too, didn't see a soul.
User avatar
Rossco
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 183
Munros:129   Corbetts:12
Grahams:6   Donalds:4
Sub 2000:7   
Joined: Apr 18, 2011
Location: Stirling, Scotland

Re: Beinn Chabhair

Postby Redrock » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:10 pm

Bod wrote:Nice one Redrock, good for you getting the legs going again after being tempted by the Majorcan peaks! :D

Thanks Bod, I reckon the Majorcan peaks would have been far less boggy! :lol:
PeteR wrote:Nice report and pictures :D This is still on my to-do list. 1perhaps I'll leave it for the winter when it has a nice covering of snow 8)

Cheers, Pete. Some nice crunchy snow would definitely make a big difference to the boggy bits! :)
rockhopper wrote: Nice one redrock :D - it's a very long time since I was up this hill but can still remember it being boggy even then. Same for me - the sun always seems to come out at the end of a walk :?

Thanks Rockhopper. How does the sun know that we've just come down the hill? :? :lol:

Rossco wrote:Ahhh, so there is a path to Chabhair, just not the way I went! :lol: Quiet day when I was up there at the weekend too, didn't see a soul.


Aye Rossco, but paths on the hill can often be quite deceptive. Sometimes they go the way you want to go - other times they lead you astray (or into a bog! :( ) and other times they just disappear! My path that day did the bog thing! :lol: It was quiet, Rossco. I reckon this must be one of the less frequented Munros - a bit less walked than Ben Lomond for instance! 8)
User avatar
Redrock
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 245
Munros:134   Corbetts:11
Grahams:3   Donalds:5
Sub 2000:8   
Joined: Nov 30, 2010
Location: Cowdenbeath

Re: Beinn Chabhair

Postby rockhopper » Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:42 pm

Redrock wrote:
rockhopper wrote: Nice one redrock :D - it's a very long time since I was up this hill but can still remember it being boggy even then. Same for me - the sun always seems to come out at the end of a walk :?

Thanks Rockhopper. How does the sun know that we've just come down the hill? :? :lol:
Given your occupation, redrock, I suspect you could answer that one better than me (sorry, couldn't resist) :wink: :lol:
User avatar
rockhopper
 
Posts: 6641
Munros:282   Corbetts:218
Grahams:64   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:2
Wainwrights:3   Islands:19
Joined: May 31, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: b007032, Coutts94, dogplodder, Gleneagle5, Kendrum, mikebeattie1, RachelTaylor, Sam Paisley and 83 guests