Lindsay Boyd's Trip Reports


Sub 2000 Marilyns - Section 18
Ardnamurchan to Loch Linnhe

  Beinn Chlaonleud
Beinn Chlaonleud
Meall a'Bhainne
Meall a'Bhainne

Section 18 Index

Section 18A
Moidart and Ardnamurchan
Section 18B
Sunart and Ardgour
Section 18C
Morvern and Kingairloch
  Meall a'Bhainne Beinn Chlaonleud

Section 18 Trip Reports

Meall a'Bhainne

6 September 2014

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Map - OS Landranger 40. Time taken - 3 hours. Distance - 7 kilometres. Ascent - 550 metres.

I returned to Mallaig after a week spent on Knoydart and was looking for a half day walk nearby. Unfortunately the cloud was well down on the hills with occasional drizzle so I headed east where the cloud base was a bit higher and tackled the Sub 2000 Marilyn, Meall a’Bhainne.

At Callop there were a few cars parked near the A830 Mallaig to Fort William road but I drove along the rough track, crossed the bridge over the Callop River and into the parking area. Once booted up and with rain gear on I set off along the private track to Callop Cottage then the vehicle track that was created a few years ago for the small hydro scheme on the Allt na Cruaiche.

Prior to reaching the Allt an Fhaing I left the track, crossed some wet and soft ground, walked through the bracken then some long and wet grass. There were a few deer tracks but they mainly crossed the hillside. A large area of rock was reached and by-passed to the south then on my approach to the summit cairn I encountered a heavy shower.

I remained at the summit for a while but the cloud that was floating around the tops failed to clear so I returned by the upward route. Once lower down the cloud did lift to give some clearer views.

Meall a'Bhainne first ascent 559 metres

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Beinn Chlaonleud

20 April 2013

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Map - OS Landranger 49. Time taken 1.25 hours. Distance - 3.25 kilometres. Ascent - 305 metres.

I was en-route to the Isle of Mull to join a group of friends, one of whom was planning to complete her round of Munros in the coming week. I used the Corran Ferry to access Ardgour then drove the A884 to Lochaline. I planned to stop en-route to climb the Sub 2K Marilyn, Beinn Chlaonleud from the east. The forest at the highpoint of the A884 on its east side was being cleared but fortunately there were no workings that day so I parked beside the track leading into the forest.

Once geared up I crossed the A884 and a single strand electric fence, obviously used to keep the sheep off the road, and commenced the ascent of Beinn Chlaonleud. There was initially a bit of surface water but the ground was reasonably dry as there had been little rain in the West Coast during the previous month or so.

It was an easy climb as I kept to the north of some rocky outcrops then wandered round a few knolls disturbing three deer. The summit cairn was reached although it appeared to me that the rock beside the cairn was higher.

After spending a few minutes taking in the surrounding views I left the summit of Beinn Chlaonleud and returned to my car by the upward route to continue the journey to Mull.

Beinn Chlaonleud first ascent 479 metres

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