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


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height 1052m
Prominence 240m
Meaning mountain of the rowan
Lists Munro, 79
Location Creag Meagaidh, The Monadh Liath and Creag Meagaidh
Grid Ref NN386851
Lat/Lon 56.92878, -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 !



Hillwalking routes up Beinn a' Chaorainn


1. Aberarder and Moy Munros »


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

2. Roughburn Circuit »


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



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Beinn a'Chaorainn's south top and main summit from the north-eastBeinn a'Chaorainn's south top and main summit from the north-east
Beinn a'Chaorainn from Creag Meagaidh's WindowBeinn a'Chaorainn from Creag Meagaidh's Window
Beinn a'Chaorainn's massive winter cornice above Coire na h-UamhaBeinn a'Chaorainn's massive winter cornice above Coire na h-Uamha
Fence-posts leading from Creag Meagaidh to Beinn a'ChaorainnFence-posts leading from Creag Meagaidh to Beinn a'Chaorainn
Beinn a'Chaorainn's north top and main summit from the southBeinn a'Chaorainn's north top and main summit from the south
View from Beinn a'Chaorainn's south top over Loch TreigView from Beinn a'Chaorainn's south top over Loch Treig




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