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