Beinn a'Bheithir & Schoolhouse Ridge

Routes up Sgorr Dhearg & Sgorr Dhonuill

Beinn a'Bheithir (gaelic for 'thunderbolt mountain') is often referred to as the 'Ballachuilish Horseshoe'. It dominates the view above Ballachuilish, is a complex mountain with several ridges and coires and has two Munro summits, Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill.

Route choice

Good tracks lead into a coire encircled by the mountain ridges of the Ballachuilish Horseshoe, on which there are two Munro peaks - Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill. There's some easy scrambling on Sgorr Dhonuill and some Grade 1 scrambling up 'Schoolhouse Ridge' heading up an alternative route from Ballachuilish.

The paths and tracks are excellent for mountain-biking and running fast downhill running (Lochaber AC hold one of their Winter League races here). Excellent views from the summits, particularly west and south-west.

Munros Sgorr Dhearg (1024m, Munro 107)
Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m, Munro 136)
Maps of the area  

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Detail & map of routes

Sgorr Dhearg & Sgorr Dhonuill from Glenachuilish »

Beinn a'Bheithir via Schoolhouse Ridge »

Summit name translations »

Other hill routes nearby »

Accommodation & food »

Forecasts & other useful info »

Guided days on these mountains »

Route pics

Beinn a'Bheithir from the Pap of GlencoeBeinn a'Bheithir from the Pap of Glencoe
Heading up Sgorr DheargHeading up Sgorr Dhearg
Scrambling up Sgorr DhonhuillScrambling up Sgorr Dhonhuill
View west from Sgorr DhonhuillView west from Sgorr Dhonhuill
Beinn a'Bheithir from Bidean nam BianBeinn a'Bheithir from Bidean nam Bian
Beinn a'Bheithir from Fraochaidh's summitBeinn a'Bheithir from Fraochaidh's summit

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