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Beinn Mhanach from Glen Lyon

Beinn Mhanach from Glen Lyon

Postby smalltounboy » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:28 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Mhanach

Date walked: 22/06/2017

Distance: 28 km

Ascent: 960m

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I'd climbed Beinn Challum from the A82 a few months previously and found it to be a disappointing slog only to read later about better routes up from the Glen Lochay side, with this in mind I was determined to make my climb up Beinn Mhanach as exciting as I could.

I had 3 days at my disposal (Thur, Fri, Sat), my original plan was to cycle in from Lubreoch Dam at Pubil on the Wed after work and camp at the track end in Glen Cailllich then climb Beinn's Chreachain, Achaladair and Mhanach, however the weather wasn't ideal for camping so I opted for a climb up Beinn Mhanach instead.

In the shadow of Lubreoch Dam

I arrived at Pubil at midnight on the Wed night and slept in the car (I have a sleeping platform in it), after a quick breakfast I set off on my bike at 7am.

Lubreoch Dam

The track around the northern side of the loch is rough and hilly, it took over 2 hours to cycle it's length (first time on my bike in over a year), eventually I got to the point for the climb up the hill.

Loch Lyon

The hill itself was no mean effort as the starting elevation is already quite high but the cycle took a fair amount of energy, however after 2 hours (at a leisurely pace) I reached the summit.

Summit Selfie

The steepness of the ascent on this route is very consistent the whole way to the top, very much on a par with Ben More when climbed from the A85 and could easily be climbed in under an hour by those with good hill fitness.


The head of Loch Lyon

The descent off the hill takes just over half an hour but go easy as you still have a 12km cycle back to Pubil, those wishing to camp or bivy could easily do so at either one of the two large byres that are on the north and south sides of the loch.

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Re: Beinn Mhanach from Glen Lyon

Postby basscadet » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:56 am

Oh all the way round Loch Lyon - I've seen some horror stories about that route :lol:
Definately the way to go into Mhanach, but possibly slightly easier doing from Glen Cailliche and you get to see the legendary tigh nam bodach that way. One of my favourite wee corners of the country - thanks for sharing your day 8)
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