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Beinn nan Aighenan from Victoria Bridge

Beinn nan Aighenan from Victoria Bridge


Postby David Lyall » Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:49 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn nan Aighenan

Date walked: 19/06/2013

Time taken: 7.3 hours

Distance: 26 km

Ascent: 957m

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Having already climbed Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mhor from Glen Etive I thought I would start from Victoria Bridge and cycle as far as I could. I set of at 8.45 from the car park at Victoria bridge and made good time along the land rover track sign posted Glen Etive. After about 4 km I passed a cottage where you are asked to dismount shortly after that you cross the river Linne nam Beathach by way of some excellent stepping stones
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excellent stepping stones

another stream is crossed which was no problem as it had been fairly dry. Heading on passed Loch Dochard I could see Ben Starav and my quest for the day appear from the high clouds. I left my bike (not a mountain bike) a short distance after the loch as the path seemed to be getting a bit rough I should have persevered for another 2km and left the bike just before the track drops down by a few hundred meters before the accent proper starts. Crossing the river Kinglass was easy enough not sure what it would be like in wet weather.
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Looking back toward Victoria Bridge

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Me at the top quite a bit of cloud but most hills were visable

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Ben Starav

I followed the track for a short distance then headed up the very steep shoulder which had been visible on the approach. It was hard going but a sort of wide ridge of sorts was reach and I could almost see the summit behind a prominent knoll.
I did not expect a path so was not disappointed.
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looking down the ridge

I reached the top and enjoyed the view even Ben Starav came out from its from its blank of cloud it had been wearing all day.
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At the top with Loch etive behind



I headed back down the ridge for a short distance and dropped down a stony gully to the glen below it was do-able but steeper than I thought. Once at the bottom it took longer that I thought to reach the ford in the river where I picked up the land rover track and headed back to pick up the bike. A bike never looked so good. Having not been out much this year it was a bit of a struggle but a good challenge. :?
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Re: Beinn nan Aighenan from Victoria Bridge

Postby alanhamilton28 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:34 pm

Thanks for the route and advice - I gave it a shot yesterday. I was contemplating the route over Starav, but glad that I followed your route. It's a long cycle/walk and steep ascent (especially in the snow), but glad I made the effort.
Given the number of river crossings, it's definitely one to be done during a spell of dry weather!!
Like you, on the way back, I headed off the ridge and into the glen - it's steep, but saves going back up and over the 'bump' and cuts a good hour off the trip.
Great views from the top :D
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