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Dorain & Dothaidh duo

Dorain & Dothaidh duo


Postby denfinella » Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:20 pm

Route description: Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh, Bridge of Orchy

Munros included on this walk: Beinn an Dothaidh, Beinn Dorain

Date walked: 13/05/2019

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1230m

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Ever since getting THIS view of Beinn Dorain from the A82 north of Tyndrum, it's been on the list for a future hill day. Well, finally that day had arrived! And good weather forecast.


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Fortunately you don't have to slog up the steep slopes in the photo above; the western side above Bridge of Orchy is gentler. Cuckoos in the trees around the car park as we parked up. Bridge of Orchy railway station is also about half a mile into the route, so it's a good hill to climb using public transport for access. (We drove, though.)

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The path follows the Allt Coire an Dothaidh up through a coire and finally to the bealach between Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh at 744 metres. It's pretty eroded in places but generally gives good going underfoot. The burn has a decent series of waterfalls but you have to leave the path to see most of these.

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Looking back down the route of ascent from the bealach, which has a lochan and large cairn:

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To the south, it's a couple of kilometres to the summit of Beinn Dorain:

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Loch Tulla and the Black Mount:

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We'd somehow become tangled up among a large tour group around here, and it was quite busy all the way to the summit. Not what you expect on a weekday! Allt Coire a' Ghathalach:

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Looking back to Beinn an Dothaidh, which we have an afternoon date with...

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Before the true summit of Beinn Dorain, there's the false "Carn Sasunnaich" summit. The ground drops away spectacularly to the southeast:

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Ahead to the proper summit:

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Summit views east and west:

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Returning to the bealach, a path climbs diagonally right across the slope of Beinn an Dothaidh:

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Shortly afterwards the path peters out in a boggy area. The bog wasn't too serious after the recent dry weather, and the start of the next section of path was easily visible beyond (centre of photo):

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A sprawling summit cairn...

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...with spectacular views across Rannoch Moor, especially from the lower west top:

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Headed down to the south to avoid the boggy area (not entirely successfully), before regaining the outward path. Back down by the route of ascent. A decent day out and it seemed less of a slog than the contours and total ascent suggest.
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Re: Dorain & Dothaidh duo

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:43 pm

Great photos of two fine hills!

You spotted, as I did, the beautiful waterfalls yards from the path - and also did the same circular route around the "saucer rim" of Beinn an Dothaidh.

But - what a difference in conditions a few weeks makes at this time of year!
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=88179

Tim
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