Beinn Bheoil from Ben Alder

Beinn Bheoil

Munro mountain west of Loch Ericht and east of Ben Alder

Beinn Bheoil is a long-ridge mountain above the west shoreline of Loch Ericht, hidden well from roadside view and in the shadow of its impressive neighbour, mighty Ben Alder.


Beinn Bheoil


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Height1019m
Prominence184m
Meaninghill of the mouth
ListsMunro, 112
LocationAlder Forest, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid RefNN517717
Lat/Lon56.81302, -4.43124


The long ridge of Beinn Bheoil stretches north-to-south above the western shore of Loch Ericht. There are two prominent summits on the mountain, the northern one is the higher and the Munro, whereas the southern peak, Sron Coire na h-Iolaire is lower but has enough re-ascent to be given Munro-Top status. The view from Sron Coire na h-Iolaire down the length of Loch Ericht are worthy of a detour from the main ridge.

Beinn Bheoil is linked to it's impressive neighbour Ben Alder by Bealach Breabag at a height of 830m, which means that most people are unlikely to bag Beinn Bheoil on its own and more likely to include it with Ben Alder in a fabulous circuit around Loch a'Bhealaich Bheithe from Culra.

Because of its remote situation, hill-walkers often camp or stay in the bothies nearby. There are two bothies - Ben Alder Cottage on Loch Ericht and Culra Bothy. At time of writing, Culra Bothy is closed due to asbestos and there are currently no plans to replace it.



Routes up Beinn Bheoil


Ben Alder Forest Munros

One of the finest ways to reach Ben Alder is a cycle down Loch Ericht followed by a circular route from Culra Bothy. Lots to encounter - high plateaus, lochans, ridges, fantastic views - all while bagging 6 Munros !

Peaks : 6 Munros

Ascent : 2400m (7870ft)
Distance : 56km (35m)
Time : 11:5hr

Ben Alder via the Long Leachas

Heading up Ben Alder via the Long Leachas ridge is possibly the finest way to appreciate this wonderful mountain. The rock-scrambling is straightforward, quite easy and not particularly exposed. Add in Beinn Bheoil on the return to Culra to complete a great Munro-bagging circular route.

Peaks : 2 Munros

Ascent : 1475m (4840ft)
Distance : 48km (30m)
Time : 7:30hr



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