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Beinn an Lochain


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
901 m (2956 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
19 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill of the little loch

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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  56   Loch Lomond & Inveraray

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Beinn an Lochain is the hill that faces you as you reach the top of "Rest and be thankful" on the A83 and is most easterly of the range of hills which line the southern side of Glen Kinglass.

It is a craggy hill with its eastern and most craggy slope towering over Loch Restil. The summit lies at the intersection of three ridges, S, NW and NE, the latter being the longest and narrowest.

A short easy ascent can be made from the "Rest and be thankful" car park, but the NE ridge offers a much more interesting ascent.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn an Lochain include
 Unbridged River to cross.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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West Highlands
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West Highlands
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Ben Lomond
by Metcheck
Beinn an Lochain Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn an Lochain.

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 Routes that include Beinn an Lochain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 715 m 5.44 km 2.5 hrs Beinn an Lochain  Compact steep sided hill with good ridge walk. N.B. this ridge is quite narrow.  

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the 1st cairn on Beinn An Lochain 10.7.10

© iain watson

Image by iain watson

Absolutely stunning winter walk on Beinn an Lochain....08/03/10

© Dougie Mccoll

Image by Dougie Mccoll

Bruce, April 01 2009. First time up alone, great experience up the steep grassy southern slopes. Theres three cairns, get the northern most as its the summit. path from the north looks exposed, glad I came this way.

© Bruce Donachie

Image by Bruce Donachie

Jack (my trusty companion) at summit cairn 07/09/08

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly
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Mike Watson
wrote on
April 19, 2010
Only went up this as a plan B but pleasantly surprised by how stunning the hill is once up onto the ridge. A good short day.
Andrew Blair
wrote on
July 22, 2009
Climbed more times than I can remember - but I have been forced back twice due to turning weather. I always climb from N ridge layby and never tire of this fantastic little hill. Did circular route once with improvised descent to Rest & Be Thankful followed by a refreshing dip in the lochan. Most recent climb was on my own on a clear but very windy summer evening. I'm always impressed by the views on my way back down to the car down the N ridge. I love the way the hill steps back down to the road. One of my favourite mountains ever!
John Graham
wrote on
May 4, 2008
I climbed this little gem of a hill on saturday the 4th may 2008 took the NE ridge route as described on the corbett book also had the route from the SMC official gps routes in my GARMIN GPS weather was overcast but i still had great views all the way to the summit,if i could offer one bit of advice would be to advise anybody considering the decent in the Rest and be Thankfull to consider decending by NE Ridge as the descent via the south into the Rest and be Thankfull is very steep and there is actually no path whatsoever
David Mcelroy
wrote on
February 4, 2008
a word of warning... attempted to climb on the 3rd of February this year (2008) and found the 'stream' we had to cross to be quite a river due to recent rain. If you are planning on following the advised route along the road and crossing you should consider the previous days weather beforehand. David
Sam Marshall
wrote on
December 20, 2007
Parked at the Butterbridge (were the old road crosses the A83) and headed up round the trees to meet the main path. Climbed up through the cloud, bitterly cold though no real wind. My dog had frost all over his eyebrows and face, looked like he had aged about 5 years! Reached the summit and was met with a cloud inversion. Brilliant! Ben More and Ben Cruachan peeking above the clouds. Brocken Spectre topped off a great day.

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  Date Title Written by Including...
1 25 Apr 2015 Beinn an Lochain by the north-east ridge; 21 April 2015. Roger Vander Steen Beinn an Lochain Not Yet Rated
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