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Beinn a' Chaisteil [Strath Vaich]


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.
787 m (2582 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.
179 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 castle

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.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  20   Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom, Ben Wyvis

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

Beinn a' Chaisteil lies to the E of Am Faochagach (Munro) across Loch Vaich. It is the larger and more northerly of two tops on a long ridge running N-S. The second top Meall a' Ghrianain is attached via a 650m col.

Beinn a' Chaisteil is a big grassy hill but with some steepish slopes particularly on its E flank. The approach road through Strath Vaich continues N on the E shore of Loch Vaich and takes you to Carn Crom-loch (648m) the N end of Beinn a' Chaisteil's long ridge. This hill should be taken as a ridge walk.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn a' Chaisteil [Strath Vaich] include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 High Plateau, summit may be difficult to locate.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
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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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn a' Chaisteil [Strath Vaich].

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 Routes that include Beinn a' Chaisteil [Strath Vaich]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 929 m 22.42 km 6.5 hrs Beinn a' Chaisteil [Strath Vaich]  A long route but can be cycled to the base of the hill. Not Yet Rated 

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Myself and David Peden summit Beinn a'Chaisteil, then onto Carn Ban. 05/04/2014

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly

Kerry and Jarl having lunch on summit

© Peter Sinclair

Image by Peter Sinclair
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Douglas Robertson on 21 Oct 2019
Neil Beatham on 12 Sep 2019
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Chris Bowles
wrote on
February 20, 2009
I used Gleann Mor as an approach via Deanich Lodge which adds considerable distance to the route but with a bike is manageable. If the weather, fitness and time allows then could definitely add Carn Ban to the day as well. The track is good for cycling but there is a fair bit of up and down. On a good day I would imagine the views are excellent.

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