Garbh Bheinn with Ben Nevis beyond

Garbh Bheinn from Loch Leven

Hillwalking route up the Corbett Garbh Bheinn from Loch Leven

On soggy ATV tracks lower down, leading through heather to rough terrain and boulderfield higher up, this is a fine there-and-back route up Garbh Bheinn above Loch Leven.

Route outline


Garbh Bheinn

Ascent 840m (2750ft)
Distance 6km (4m)
Time 3:00hr
Start/finish Caolasnacon
Grid Ref : NN097604
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The easiest and most direct route up Garbh Bheinn is from near the campsite at Caolasnacon just above the shores of Loch Leven. The route is in two contrasting parts - a wet mucky trudge for the first 400m of ascent then a loose path on gravel thereafter.

Overall the route is very enjoyable and worthy of a fine summer evening's stroll or a short winter's daylight ramble.

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Route description

1. Getting to Caolasnacon on Loch Leven

The damp path near the start

The route starts from the east side of the bridge over the Allt Gleann a'Chaolais, just east of the Caolasnacon camping site.

There is space for 2 or 3 cars to on the west side of the bridge and space for a couple more on the east side.

Regardless of coming from the north or south, the start is most readily accessed from Glencoe Village.

2. Garbh Bheinn

Rough terrain and false summits on Garbh Bheinn

On the eastern side of the bridge a faint wet path starts by the roadside and heads uphill through the grass and some trees. A few paces up, the path joins with tracks made by an ATV.

Follow these tracks for 50m or so, then look for a faint path on your left (perhaps marked by a few stones) heading directly uphill. The path can be incredibly wet, boggy and slippy, but persist !

A minor summit is reached at around 400m and the path continues south-east, ontouring around couple of rises ahead.

A wet bealach is crossed from where the path can be seen making a route through the heather on Garbh Bheinn's steep western slope. Aim up this path, loose in bits to what looks like the summit.

Garbh Bheinn has a few false summits, and this last one is above a landslip giving some dramatic views.

The summit is a few minutes further on, where three small cairns sit overlooking drops down to Kinlochleven to the north and an interesting perspective of the Aonach Eagach's tricky ridge to the south.

3. Return to Caolasnacon

Summit cairn of Garbh Bheinn with Blackwater Reservoir beyond

Return by the same route, possibly heading south-west from the bealach directly onto the ATV track for a quick jog back to the road.

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