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Route: Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ìme

Munros: Beinn Ìme, Beinn Narnain

Date walked: 11/09/2021

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 13.03km

Ascent: 1325m

Date: 11/09/2021
Weather: Sunny spell, low cloud with mist drizzle on summit, mild.
Company: Myself
Rating: 7/10

Having checked and rechecked the forecast during the week, I took the gamble and headed the 2.5hrs north to Arrochar

I pulled up at Succoth car park to an early golden light that filtered patchily through the clouds and creating some incredible light shows for photography. There were light spots of rain but nothing to merit waterproofs. There were already a few fellow walkers starting the climb to the Cobbler but the rugged path to Beinn Narnain was empty.

Morning light over Loch Lomond

The walk to the summit was very direct, firstly moving through dense conifer plantations, where the going was steep and muggy and if I’m honest, unpleasant. However, eventually the tree line is left behind and opens out onto beautiful craggy moorland with views back towards Loch Lomond, and (on a clear day I imagine) views to the surrounding hills.

Back towards Loch Lomond before the cloud descended

The terrain soon becomes rocky as height is gained and a wee bit of light scrambling is required but nothing exposed. I really enjoyed this part of the hike, and despite the cloud thickening so that the views were soon completely gone, the mild scrambling was exhilarating.

Once on the ridge line, a series of cairns act as false summits, with the true summit being an obvious trig point. I didn’t spend long here, mainly because of the strong breeze blowing in, and partly because the cloud was now so thick, visibility was reduced to a few metres.

The Misty Mountains

Careful navigation was needed on the descent to the bealach before Beinn Ime, particularly in the mist. There is a path, but amongst the rocks, it is faint. After descending first on a stony path, the terrain becomes grassy and before long the well built path to Beinn Ime (right) and the Cobbler (left) is located.

Back below the clouds

The path is easily followed to the summit of Beinn Ime, and very easy to navigate in mist. I reached the summit to yet more cloud and drizzle but still found a sheltered spot to eat some lunch and appreciate the exertion offered.

The return route followed the main path at the base of the mist shrouded Cobbler and Munro’s, before zig zagging through the conifer plantation.

It was a shame that the summit views were not there on my trip but as walking goes, it is definitely a good mountain day that could easily incorporate the iconic Cobbler. Out of both the Munro’s, Beinn Narnain was easily my favourite due to its slightly more challenging (but not difficult) ascent.

I will need to comeback for those summit views, but for now i will settle on bagging 2 more Munro’s.

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Activity: Mountain Walker
Pub: Seamus' Bar, Sligachan
Mountain: Bruach na Frithe
Place: The Isle of Skye
Gear: Buff
Member: The National Trust, National Trust for Scotland
Ideal day out: A walk that encompasses a beach, a mountain, a loch and terrific views. Somewhere I can have a brew with a view
Ambition: All the Munroes

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Ascent: 3198m
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Grahams: 1
Donalds: 3


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Distance: 36.62 km
Ascent: 2829m
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