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Beinn a' Choin


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.
770 m (2526 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.
206 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 dog

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 a' Choin is the highest peak in a group of hills bordered by Glen Gyle, Glen Arklet and Loch Lomond.

This mountain group is in the form of and inverted "Y" with the two southern ridges linking to Maol Mor (684m) and Stob an Fhainne (655m) enclosing Corrie Arklet. Both these ridges offer suitable access routes.

These are rough hills with many crags and rocky outcrops but they offer few obstacles to climbers as they can mostly be avoided. There is no parking on the road, but the farm may allow parking if asked.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn a' Choin include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 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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West Highlands
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West Highlands
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Ben Lomond
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Beinn a' Choin Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn a' Choin.

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 Routes that include Beinn a' Choin
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 890 m 10.67 km 4 hrs Beinn a' Choin  Moderately difficult route on craggy hills, but no scrambling required Not Yet Rated 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Beinn a' Choin

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Me at the summit on a glorious day 24/7/14

© Ian Mather

Image by Ian Mather

Myself at summit. Hills in background coming into view now. 10/07/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James at summit. Cloud now clearing, giving some views along Loch Lomond. 10/07/2013

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Me on the top of Beinn a'Choin

© John Kynaston

Image by John Kynaston
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Alasdair Cruickshank
wrote on
February 6, 2011
Stared at Inversnaid Hotel, walked along the West Highland Way, ascended at 334 128 on the right side of the burn. Its steep and slippery in places, it also involves clambering among large boulders. Once it levels out its onto long grass/moss for the remaining 400metres of ascent to the summit. Descended at Bealach a Mheim on the right, followed a burn then onto a Landrover track through the fields. The Highland Cows were not happy to see us but thankfully the bull didn't take any interest in us. Passed the old garrison and houses then back onto the road and along to the Hotel, about 5h.
Bruce Donachie
wrote on
July 10, 2009
Started from Stronachlachar ascending Garradh, then NW along ridge passing over Maol Mor down to the bealach and up to the summit. Returned via Corriearklet (quite boggy in places, even in July), then back along road that runs W to E on Loch Arklet. Great views (Tyndrum/Crianlarach/Arrochar Alps, Ben Lomond), even better of hill, if this route had been completed in reverse, as the views up Corrie Arklet of a Choin, particularly at its start were excellent. This trip took me 8 hours, but subtract aprox 90 mins for getting carried away taking photos!
Leon Mooney
wrote on
April 16, 2008
Climbed on 16/4/08, going steeply to the summit via Stob an Fhianne in under two hours with the cloud only covering the tops of the surrounding Munros. I had considered returning along the Maol Mor ridge, but opted instead to drop into Corriearklet Glen and return more directly to the road, by which time the views of the snow-topped Arrochar Alps were wonderful.

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