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Beinn Ghlas


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.
1103 m (3618 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.
47 of 282 Munros
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.
Green hill

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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  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

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

Beinn Ghlas is an easy mountain to climb with slopes primarily of grass with some rocky outcrops, although the northern slopes are craggy and should be avoided.

Due to its proximity to The National Trust Visitor Centre and Nature Trail, Beinn Ghlas is also one of Britain's most frequently climbed mountains, as testified by the broad eroded path up its SW ridge.

There is an alternative descent from the col between Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas on the N slopes of Beinn Ghlas which leads to the bealach at the head of Coire Odhar then on an old drove road to join the original path down the Nature Trail to the car park.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Ghlas include
 Crags near summit.
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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Beinn Ghlas
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Ghlas.

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 Routes that include Beinn Ghlas
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1428 m 14.21 km 5.5 hrs Ben Lawers, An Stuc and Beinn Ghlas  Easy day starting from 460m on well maintained paths and continuing on moderate grass slopes. There is a broad eroded path on Beinn Ghlas, a similar path on Ben Lawers. An Stuc is less frequently climbed.  
2 1748 m 20.45 km 7.5 hrs Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh [Lawers region], Beinn Ghlas and Meall Greigh  Ridge walk with a fair bit of up & down. Quite a streneous route with some easy scrambling. On paths for the majority of way, can be crowded between Ben Lawers & NT visitors centre. Need for second car or hitching (leave early) due to diff start/fin point  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Beinn Ghlas

 Baggers Gallery for Beinn Ghlas

Top of Beinn Ghlas 13.07.11

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Me and Caroline at the top before heading over to Ben Lawers

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

Looking over to Lawers the guy you can see in the backround must of done the walk in super fast time and sorry about the hat not a chav hehe just protecting the bald spot

© Andrew Rutherford

Image by Andrew Rutherford

Nathan's fourth - that's both weans done this one now!

© Nick Bulbeck

Image by Nick Bulbeck
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James Corrigan
wrote on
February 5, 2011
This may be an easy mountain due to its high start point from the upper car park.Don`t be fooled in Icy conditions though.It changes in to a real challenge when the slopes are solid ice as they were today.Full mountain Winter kit is needed under these conditions or you are in for a treacherous time.Came up against several folk who were forced back due to no ice axe/crampons etc.Pulled a calf muscle after collapsing in to deep snow.White out on the way down.Happy days.
John Robinson
wrote on
July 23, 2009
Set off at 7 pm and joggged up in just under an hour. Took 25 minutes to get down running at a fair pace. I'd missed this when doing the Lawers ridges walk a couple of years back so it was on my to do list when passing the area. Last walk of a busy couple of days. Great view of Lawers. The sun beginning to set creating a soft crimson sky, and a rainbow shimmering over Loch Tay, made this a very picturesque evening walk.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
July 20, 2008
Climbed on 20/07/08- took the path from the Visitor's Centre car park to the summit. A day with a cold biting wind and passing showers making the climb slightly more difficult than it should have been. "Ben Lawers seen from Beinn Ghlas" is one of the few photos that is not deceptive - they really are that close!
John Wilkie
wrote on
February 16, 2007
Thought this one was going to be really easy....quick lesson learned...no mountain is easy when the weather turns. Had intended to continue onto Lawers but made the decision to turn back after peaking Ghlas. The wind was raging and it whipped up white out conditions very rapidly. The bothy bag was used for the first time, which gave us a much needed rest from the constant buffeting. Hard to keep our feet on the ground! There are a couple of nice flat plateau's near the top that rested your legs for a while. Satisfying day made interesting by the conditions.
Sam Barber
wrote on
February 10, 2007
As part of an attempted round trip of Ghlas, Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh and Meall Greigh. A fairly easy climb, though very poor visibility. Summited in about 1'45.

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