Binnein Mor

Eastern Mamores

Hillwalking route up Binnein Mor and neighbours in the Mamores

A circular route on the eastern Munros of the Mamores range heading in from Kinlochleven. Fine stalkers paths lead up rough peaks, including Binnein Mor, the highest Munro peak in the Mamores mountain range.

Route outline

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Munros Binnein Mor
Na Gruagaichean
Sgurr Eilde Mor
Binnein Beag
Ascent 2000m (6560ft)
Distance 18km (11m)
Time 8:00hr
Start/finish Grey Mares car-park
Grid Ref : NN188623
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The Mamores ridge is one of the finest mountain ranges in Scotland, with 10 Munros compacted into 34km. It is perfectly possible for hill runners and most fit hillwalkers to bag all the Mamores peaks in one long day. However most people will prefer to split the range into 3 or 4 hillwalking days and this route describes the eastern section of the Mamores from Sgurr Eilde Mor to Na Gruagaichean, on the way taking in Binnein Beag and Binnein Mor, the highest peak in the Mamores range.

With fine stalkers paths from the south, Kinlochleven (or possibly Mamore Lodge) makes for a fine starting point. There is some rough bouldery terrain and a few scree-runs to be encountered, but in the main this hillwalking route involves following fairly obvious paths through heather and on grass covered crests.

Route detail

Getting to Kinlochleven »
  • Although the other routes heading up onto the Mamores start from Glen Nevis, if intending to hike the eastern section of the Mamores, then the best approaches are from Kinlochleven as paths are better and navigation therefore easier.
  • In Kinlochleven, start from the 'Grey Mare's' car-park, by St Paul's Church just north of the bridge over the River Leven.

Na Gruagaichean »
  • From the car-park, follow a path around the back of the church and uphill into woodland. You'll get a view of Grey Mare's Tail waterfall on the way (spring is a good time to view, before leaves on the trees obscure). Cross a bridge over a burn.
  • Aiming north-east, follow the obvious path up uphill and out of the woodland .
  • After around 2km, a track is met, cross it and continue following the path uphill for around 3km to Coire an Lochain. Keep to the path until you reach its highest point at the northern end of some lochans.
  • Head around the northern side of the main lochan on a faint path and start to make a direct ascent of Sgurr Eilde Mor. The path gets more obvious with height as it turns north-east then southwest, with the terrain becoming loose and bouldery higher up. Once onto the crest of Sgurr Eilde Mor's western shoulder, there are no real difficulties in getting up to the summit .

Binnein Beag »
  • Retrace steps and as the path begins to turn south-west, leave it and aim directly west on steep grassy ground to the burn in Coire a'Bhinnein below.
  • Cross the burn and pick up and follow the stalkers path to the lochan at the southern foot of Binnein Beag.
  • Keep to the south side of the lochan and pick up a path to follow up through boulders and scree onto the summit of Binnein Beag .

Binnein Mor »
  • Retrace your steps to the lochan below Binnein Beag , then head west-south-west, climbing grassy slopes. Now in a coire, Binnein Mor looms above. Keeping to the west side of the coire, climb the steep grass covered ground onto Binnein Mor's northern spur .
  • Once on the crest of this spur, the route is pathless but obvious all the way to Binnein Mor's summit .

Na Gruagaichean »
  • Aim south, initially on bouldery ground to Binnein Mor's grass covered south top .
  • Na Gruagaichean lies to the south-west, just over 1km away with a bealach in between. A path strikes a route, over grass at first then some rocky ground, particulary past the bealach and onto Na Gruagaichean's summit .

Return to Kinlochleven »
  • From Na Gruagaichean's cairn, a path zig-zags a way through boulders on the northern side of the summit. The route becomes steep for the last few metres approaching a sharp col requiring a bit of care to cross.
  • After crossing the col the path takes a route uphill onto the crest of Na Gruagaichean's north-west top , from where an obvious path leads down to the bealach between the north-west top and Stob Coire a'Charn and the stalkers path is picked up heading down into Coire na Ba.
  • Alternatively, from the sharp col a steep direct descent on loose grassy ground can be made to the stalker's path in Coire na Ba.
  • The stalker's path meets up with some sheep-pens and an estate track - turn left (east) onto the track, then after walking around 100m on this, look for a path off right - this leads directly back to Kinlochleven.

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Route photos

Binnein Beag from its lochan to the southBinnein Beag from its lochan to the south
Approaching Binnein Mor's summit from the northApproaching Binnein Mor's summit from the north
From Binnein Mor's northern shoulder to Binnein Beag and the Grey CorriesFrom Binnein Mor's northern shoulder to Binnein Beag and the Grey Corries
Binnein Mor from Sgurr Eilde MorBinnein Mor from Sgurr Eilde Mor
Na Gruagaichean from the bealach to the eastNa Gruagaichean from the bealach to the east
Descending west down Na GruagaicheanDescending west down Na Gruagaichean

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