Fionn Bheinn, What Views!

Route: Fionn Bheinn, Achnasheen

Munros: Fionn Bheinn

Date walked: 19/08/2018

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 12.17km

Ascent: 787m

Fionn Bheinn seems to get a bad rap, but I have to say, this was a very enjoyable short day out.

Parked at the train station in Achnasheen and it's just a short walk across the main road and then over the old road bridge. It's well sign posted directly walkers up a new track up the slope past a new hydro scheme

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Looking back down the track to Achnasheen

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First view towards the summit

Eventually the track ends at a weir (for measuring water flow rate down the burn). It's an easy crossing here, with a couple of well placed rocks.

ImageIMG_0554 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

From here there was some faint landrover tracks heading upwards, so with no where else to go, it seemed like a good idea to follow them.

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Gets a bit wet though

These tracks though quickly ended and it didn't leave any option other than to just make my own way through the bog, but it was only a matter of a few 100 metres before I came across another footpath that followed the burn up the hill.

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Looking back down the path

Again, this path petered out half way up, so from there I just made a direct line to the ridge line hoping to pick the main path up from there.

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On the ridge, looking up at the summit cairn

Once back on the main path, it was a short walk to the summit. Much quicker than I expected, what was going to be lunch was now a 11am brunch at the top.

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Summit cairn with the Torridon Giants in the background

The views from the top are excellent.

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Loch Fannoch

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Torridon Giants

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Fisherfield Munros

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Fannoch Munros

To have a change of scenery on the way down, I had decided to follow the WH route along the wall and then down. There is a clear path to follow for this along the east ridge

ImageIMG_0594 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

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Looking back at the summit cairn

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The wall

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The wall (again)

From what I could remember of the guide on WH, you follow the wall until there's an obvious path heading down. After a bit of walking I can see the path heading down below me, so I decide to leave the wall and head straight to it over rough ground. Once reaching the path though and looking back up, the path clearly heads straight up to a break in the wall and then continues straight on the otherside of it.

ImageIMG_0601 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

It's a fairly interesting path down, and certainly no where near as wet as the path up.

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First gate

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Towards the second gate

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Path through the trees

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Back at the main road

Once back down at the road it's 10minutes walk back to the car park.

Lovely day out!

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