Aonach Beag

Munro peak in the Lochaber 4000s mountain range

Aonach Beag is a high and rugged mountain with several spurs and minor summits. Along with its neighbour Aonach Mor they form a long north-to-south ridge to the east of Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg.


Aonach Beag


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Height 1234m
Prominence 404m
Meaning little ridge
Lists Munro, 7
Location Lochaber 4000s, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid Ref NN197715
Lat/Lon 56.80003, -4.9553


Aonach Beag's summit dome sits high above crags and buttresses. To the north is its neighbour, Aonach Mor, with its long grass covered summit plateau and together, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag (often known just as 'The Aonachs') form a long north-to-south ridge between Glen Nevis and the lands around Spean Bridge.

The most rewarding route up Aonach Beag approaches from the end of the public road in Glen Nevis. This route goes through Nevis Gorge, past the magnificent Falls of Steall and climbs Aonach Beag, with detours up the minor peaks of Stob Coire Bhealaich and Sgurr a'Bhuic.

If also hiking up Aonach Mor, a direct route heads up from the Nevis range. A straightforward slog up grassy slopes, though route choice will be challenging lower down if mountain-biking or skiing is taking place !

Aonach Beag together with Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg and Aonach Mor are collectively referred to as the Lochaber 4000s. Bagging them in one day makes for a long and varied route hiking on vast plateaux, scrambling along narrow ridges while taking in vast views.



Hillwalking routes up Aonach Beag


1. The 'Aonachs' from Nevis Range »


Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag are affectionately known as the 'Aonachs' and a straightforward and direct route these high Munro peaks is from the Nevis Range below Aonach Mor's northern grassy flank.
Ascent : 1450m (4760ft)    Distance : 15km (9m)    Time : 6hr

2. The 'Aonachs' from Steall »


Not as direct as from the approach from Nevis Range, this route up Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis is more rewarding as it passes through Nevis Gorge and the Falls of Steall.
Ascent : 1650m (5410ft)    Distance : 15km (9m)    Time : 6hr

3. Ben Nevis and Lochaber 4000s »


Together Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag are referred to as the Lochaber 4000s and bagging them in one day makes for a long and varied route hiking on vast plateaux, scrambling along narrow ridges while taking in vast views.
Ascent : 2220m (7280ft)    Distance : 20km (12m)    Time : 8:45hr

4. Ben Nevis to the Grey Corries »


Combining Ben Nevis, the Lochaber 4000s and the Grey Corries into one route makes for a long fairly challenging route hiking on vast plateaux and narrow ridges while taking in vast views. Ideal preparation (and recci) for a Tranter Round or longer Ramsay Round !
Ascent : 3200m (10500ft)    Distance : 32km (20m)    Time : 13:30hr



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Cornice on Aonach BeagCornice on Aonach Beag
Aonach Beag's southern spurs from Glen NevisAonach Beag's southern spurs from Glen Nevis
On Aonach Beag's southern spurs, Glen Nevis behindOn Aonach Beag's southern spurs, Glen Nevis behind
On the path up Aonach Beag from the bealach to the northOn the path up Aonach Beag from the bealach to the north
Looking to Sgurr Choinnich Beag from Aonach BeagLooking to Sgurr Choinnich Beag from Aonach Beag
Aonach Beag from the col south of Aonach MorAonach Beag from the col south of Aonach Mor




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