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Beinn Bhuela circuit

Beinn Bhuela circuit


Postby Gavin99 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:38 pm

Route description: Beinn Bheula, near Lochgoilhead

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Bheula

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cruach nam Miseag

Date walked: 24/09/2011

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The plan for this walk was to follow the WH route up on to Beinn Bhuella then cut across onto Cruach nam Miseag , one I had wanted to climb for a while , it stands out when driving north up the Gareloch as a lumpy mass in the distance , an odd looking hill. I parked up below lettermay at a large lochside layby and headed up into the forest . The route is easy to follow as long as long as you remember that the OS map is out of date , there is a new forestry road leading down to the bridge ,making life easy . The ascent beside the waterfall is easy (and waymarked ) , the route then heads up into the crags to the summit .
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Into the forest
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Once across the bridge turn left at white post to enter firebreak leading to the waterfall
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Route up beside waterfall
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View across to Cruach nam Miseag
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Looking up into crags and mist
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Route up
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View back down gully to Curra Lochain
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Lochan na Cnaimh from near summit
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A dreich trig point
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Looking down the Gareloch past Rhu to the Clyde

Heading south from the summit ,Caisteal Dubh , brings you to to Ceann Garbh and below its crags lie the remains of the Grumman Martlet which crashed in 1940 ,killing the pilot, Lt Russell. The wreckage is widely scattered but still recognisable.
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Engine -Pratt and Whitney Wasp
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Wingtip with Fleet Air Arm roundel
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Rear of cockpit with armour plating
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Aft fuselage and tailwheel mounting

Leaving this sad place I headed NE to skirt the northern edge of the loch before starting the climb up Cruach nam Miseag.This is a great wee hill ,full of twists and turns and rocky knolls ,with fine views south to the Clyde .
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Route down to loch and up Cruach
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Rock-face
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View down Loch Goil

From the summit I headed NW across ground full of dips and rises before meeting a burn ,following this beside a gully to meet the edge of the forestry . A section of this has been clear felled, allowing access down to the forest road below ,which heads back north to the start of the walk and lovely Lochgoilhead.
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route back down to forest
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A great day out :)
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Re: Beinn Bhuela circuit

Postby kevsbald » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:02 pm

Very unfrequented which makes it a fine day out in my book. Nice one.
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Re: Beinn Bhuela circuit

Postby snodland » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:14 pm

I agree. Some lovely photos there, particularly of the Lochan and the view down the Clyde. I would love to climb it though as I use Public Transport I think it may need an overnight stay from Glasgow
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Re: Beinn Bhuela circuit

Postby ChrisW » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:35 pm

That looks a great walk made better by it's lack of popularity. I love the waterfall shots and the later landscapes - great stuff :D
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Re: Beinn Bhuela circuit

Postby Gavin99 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:56 pm

Snodland , amazingly enough a bus runs out through Lochgoilhead to Carrick Castle , right past the start of this walk .As far as I know it starts in Helensburgh so plenty trains out to there . Garelochead coaches No. 302 I think . Well worth it.
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Re: Beinn Bhuela circuit

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:23 pm

I did the Corbett along with the Graham earlier this year and had hoped to add on the Sub 2000 as well but time was not in our favour so missed out on it so good to see it was an enjoyable walk for when i return to climb it.
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