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Beinn an Lochain

Beinn an Lochain

Postby StevieC » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:43 pm

Route description: Beinn an Lochain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 27/04/2013

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 7 km

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A Saturday hike up Beinn an Lochain in the sun...this is the target

Beinn an Lochain from the road

From the lay-by, find a way over the stream and follow a path heading towards the south ridge. Once you start to climb it is fairly relentless until you reach the summit. There is some scrambling involved, but the path is good and there's nothing too serious. Stopped for a wee break about half way up to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the views.

Beinn Luibhean, with Beinn Ime and Beinn Choranach behind

Glen Croe with Loch Restil

Glen Kinglas

After following the path as it winds up the ridge, eventually you are treated to a view of the final climb. At this point there is a path that leads off to the left that allows you to skirt round the summit to the area of lochans just south of the summit - this is a good return route as it avoids the steep descent that you are now about to ascend (if that makes sense!)

The final push

There is a north summit marked by a large cairn and a south summit marked by a much smaller cairn. The views from the summit (either one) are excellent, especially if you get good viewing like I had - the paps of Jura were clearly visible to the south west, and Ben Lomond was looking particularly handsome peeking out from behind The Cobbler. Time to the summit was spot on 2 hours.

Beinn Narnain and The Cobbler with Ben Lomond behind

The south summit, with the north one in the background

A path leads south from the summit for a few hundred metres down towards the lochans and then doubles back to skirt the summit on the west side, through some mildly boggy terrain, to rejoin the ascent path for the journey back to the car.
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