Glen Orchy Corbetts


Beinn Bhreae-liath (802m)
Beinn Ulaidh (840m)
Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh* (796m)
 *see Alternative Routes below


950m (2,950ft)


11km (7m)


walking : 4:20hr*, running : 2hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Main route summary

The Corbetts on either side of Glen Orchy are quiet hills overshadowed in all directions by higher and more impressive ranges. Astute hill-walkers will quicky therefore realise what views that must be offered by these hills on clear days !

Beinn Ulaidh and Beinn Bhreac-liath form a circuit accessed either from Glen Orchy to the north, or more readily Glen Lochy to the south. The quartzite dyke running northwards down Beinn Bhreac-liath is most impressive and there's gold in there ! Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh is a grass covered hill surrounded by forestry, fortunately good tracks enable quick and easy access to the foothills.

start/finish by Invergaunan in Glen Orchy
(grid ref : NN278368)

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easy Some boulderfield, but mainly grass difficult
easy Virtually pathless and wide plateaux testing
stroll A quick afternoon run ! long day
ok Excellent views stunning
meanings Beinn Bhreac-liath :
    'speckled grey hill'
Beinn Ulaidh :
    'dark (or gloomy) hill'
Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh :
    'hill of the son of the moor'
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Getting there
  • Glen Orchy runs from Bridge of Orchy on the A82 to Dalmally on the A85. A narrow road follows the River Orchy through the glen.
  • Parking for Beinn Bhreac-liath and Beinn Ulaidh is by a bridge over the Allt Ghamhnain and next to a gate accessing the thick adjacent forest.
  • Parking for the route up Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh is by the bridge at the Eas Urchaidh, or alternatively 100 metres to the north in a layby.

Beinn Bhreac-liath
  • From by the bridge over the Allt Ghamhnain, cross north and walk until a gate is met.
  • Head through the gate and up a track towards the house at Invergaunan.
  • As the house is approached, look for a faint path heading to the base of the hill directly ahead. The path gradually fades into the grass.
  • On pathless terrain the going underfoot is pleasant on the flatter ground.
  • Continue up the north-west shoulder of Beinn Bhreac-laith and as the 700m contour is reached, the ground levels out and it's an enjoyable walk continuing to the summit while enjoying the views, particularly back towards Beinn Dorain.
  • A few false summits are passed to reach a small cairn marking the hill's summit. Fine views in all directions.

Beinn Ulaidh
  • From Beinn Bhreac-liath's summit, turn south-west and drop on grass and rush covered gentle slope to the bealach below with its small lochan.
  • Continue south-west and begin to climb. Easy at first, the route then appears to initially curve around some rocks, but a faint path can be found to clamber over them.
  • Head northwards on the plateau and a large cairn with the remains of an abandoned mast are met on the summit.

  • Head northwards for a bit, then start to lose height.
  • Some large rocks protruding out of the otherwise grass covered slopes will be encountered. These rocky outcrops form the quartzite dyke that can been seen from the north forming a long unusual line up Beinn Ulaidh's northern shoulder. Contained in the rock is a tiny amount of gold (click here for more info) !
  • Follow this line of rock downhill to meet the Allt Ghamhnain, then head north-west through grass and trees back to the road.

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