Ben Avon & neighbours

Routes to these mountains are through Scots Pine forests full of wildlife - from grouse and deer to snakes and ant colonies. Higher up amongst dramatic scenery of cliffs and weird volcanic tors, ptarmigan and hare entertain.

The route up Ben Avon is one of the best Munro days.

Main route summary

Good cyclable tracks access the area. The unusual volcanic tors on Ben Avon will have you wandering all over the place to investigate and the summit tor requires an easy scramble.

Beinn a'Bhuird has huge cliffs with a summit on a vast plateau, with a tiny cairn resting there requiring navigation skills in mist.

Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac are slightly less interesting in comparison, picking these out from Beinn a'Bhuird or Ben Avon is not immediately obvious. Rough undulating moorland runs between the summits of these two Munros progress over which can be tedious in mist.

Munros Ben Avon (1171m, Munro 17)
Beinn a'Bhuird (1197m, Munro 11)
Beinn a'Chaorainn (1083m, Munro 59)
Beinn Bhreac (931m, Munro 250)
Corbetts Carn na Drochaide* (818m)
Carn Liath* (862m)
Culardoch* (900m)
  * see alternative routes below
Ascent 1740m (5,700ft)
Distance       40km (incl 16km on bike) (25m/10m)
Time biking/walk : 10hr*
biking/run : 5:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Linn of Quoich
(grid ref : NO174911)


Which map to choose ?
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Meanings  Ben Avon : 'hill of the bright one'
Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe : 'bed of the yellow stag'
Beinn a'Bhuird : 'hill of the table'
Beinn a'Chaorainn : 'hill of the rowan'
Beinn Bhreac : 'speckled hill'
Carn na Drochaide : 'hill of the bridge'
Carn Liath : 'grey cairn'
Culardoch : 'big back high place'

Route detail & map »

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