Beinn a'Chaorainn from Creag Meagaidh's western slopes

Beinn a' Chaorainn

Munro mountain west of Creag Meagaidh

Beinn a'Chaorainn above Glen Spean is a fine mountain with a long summit ridge containing three tops, the middle one being the highest. Huge cornices can build up above Beinn a'Chaorainn's east-facing corries.


Beinn a' Chaorainn


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Height1052m
Prominence240m
Meaningmountain of the rowan
ListsMunro, 79
LocationMeagaidh and Aberarder, Loch Linnhie to Glen Shiel
Grid RefNN386851
Lat/Lon56.92878, -4.65388


Approaches from the south up Beinn a'Chaorainn are through forestry, a fair amount of which has been recently felled. The area to the north is remote and wild. There is a faint but obvious path on the crest on Beinn a'Chaorainn, but none on its hillsides or slopes. In winter, beware that a huge cornice forms above Coire na h-Uamha and Beinn a'Chaorainn's east-facing crags, which have caused tragedies in the past.

A hike up Beinn a'Chaorainn can be combined with its smaller neighbour Beinn Teallach for a fine circular hillwalk from Roughburn near the Loch Laggan dam. For keen Munro-baggers, and if transport can be arranged between start and finish points, extending this route to include Creag Meagaidh and its neighbours make for an excellent long day's hiking !



Routes up Beinn a' Chaorainn


Aberarder to Roughburn - Creag Meagaidh 5 Munros route

Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain at the heart of a range of 5 Munro peaks in the Central Highlands also including Beinn Teallach, Beinn a'Chaorainn, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath. Starting and finishing on the A86 above Loch Laggan, this circular hillwalking route takes in all 5 summits.

Peaks : 5 Munros

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 27km (17m)
Time : 9:45hr

Roughburn Circuit - Beinn Teallach and Beinn a'Chaorainn route

Above Glen Spean and west of the Creag Meagaidh massif, the two Munros of Beinn Teallach and Beinn a'Chaorainn combine to make a delightful hillwalking circuit. Probably best hiked in winter conditions to view the massive cornice that forms above Beinn a'Chaorainn's eastern corries.

Peaks : 2 Munros

Ascent : 1215m (3990ft)
Distance : 16km (10m)
Time : 6hr



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