Beinn Dorain

Bridge of Orchy Munros

Routes up Beinn Dorain, Beinn Achaladair & neighbours

The slopes of Beinn Dorain sweep directly up from the West Highland Way to form a conical mountain, unmistakable when driving up from the south. It has two large cairns on its summit to confuse walkers in mist ! Beinn Mhanach is a quiet hill, hidden for the most part from the roadside. The impressive mountains of Beinn a'Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair form the northern ramparts of this circuit upon which high-level wide ridge walking can be savoured. Beinn an Dothaidh presents the finest views northwards towards the Mamores and Ben Nevis.

Main route summary

Starting from the Bridge of Orchy railway station, this is a terrific hill-walking circuit, taking in five Munros. All the summits are fine view points, each with a different view.

Be prepared for a real peat-boggy start to your outing particularly after rain and, if heading out in winter snow and ice, the eastern approach up Beinn Achaladair may require axe and crampons. Finish the day off with a pint back in the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.

Munros Beinn Dorain (1076m, Munro 64)
Beinn Mhanach (953m, Munro 210)
Beinn a'Chreachain (1081m, Munro 61)
Beinn Achaladair (1038m, Munro 94)
Beinn an Dothaidh (1004m, Munro 129)
Ascent 2560m (8,400ft)
Distance   28km (17.5m)
Time walking : 11:15hr*
running : 5:45hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Bridge of Orchy
(grid ref : NN300394)


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Meanings  Beinn Dorain : 'hill of the streamlet'
Beinn Mhanach : 'monks' hill'
Beinn a'Chreachain : 'scallop-shaped hill'
Beinn Achaladair : 'hill of the field by the hard water'
Beinn an Dothaidh : 'hill scorching'

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