Beinn a'Bheithir and Fraochaidh

Beinn a'Bheithir (gaelic for 'thunderbolt mountain') is often referred to as the 'Ballachuilish Horseshoe'. It dominates the view above Ballachuilish and is a complex mountain with several ridges and coires.

Fraochaidh, immediately south of Beinn a'Bheithir, is a fine little hill tucked in amongst higher peaks.

Main route summary

Good tracks lead into a coire encircled by the mountain ridges of the Ballachuilish Horseshoe, on which there are two Munro peaks - Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill. There's some easy scrambling on Sgorr Dhonuill and some Grade 1 scrambling up 'Schoolhouse Ridge' heading up an alternative route from Ballachuilish.

The paths and tracks are excellent for mountain-biking and running fast downhill running (Lochaber AC hold one of their Winter League races here). Excellent views from the summits, particularly west and south-west.

Fraochaidh is less frequented than its neighbours, even though fine tracks and paths make access straightforward. One of the best views of the Glencoe and Etive peaks is to be had from this hill's summit cairn.

Munros Sgorr Dhearg (1024m, Munro 107)
Sgorr Dhonuill (1001m, Munro 136)
Corbetts Fraochaidh* (879m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 1300m (4,250ft)
Distance       12km (7.5m)
Time walk : 5:10hr*, run : 1:50hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Glenachuilish
(grid ref : NN047589)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Sgorr Dhearg : 'red peak'
Sgorr Dhonuill : 'Donald's peak'
Fraochaidh : 'heathery hill'

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