Aonach Beag, Lochaber

Munro peak in the Lochaber 4000s mountain range

Aonach Beag is a high and rugged mountain with several spurs and minor summits. Along with its neighbour Aonach Mor they form a long north-to-south ridge to the east of Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg.


Aonach Beag


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height1234m
Prominence404m
Meaninglittle ridge
ListsMunro, 7
LocationLochaber, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid RefNN197715
Lat/Lon56.80003, -4.9553


Aonach Beag's summit dome sits high above crags and buttresses. To the north is its neighbour, Aonach Mor, with its long grass covered summit plateau and together, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag (often known just as 'The Aonachs') form a long north-to-south ridge between Glen Nevis and the lands around Spean Bridge.

The most rewarding route up Aonach Beag approaches from the end of the public road in Glen Nevis. This route goes through Nevis Gorge, past the magnificent Falls of Steall and climbs Aonach Beag, with detours up the minor peaks of Stob Coire Bhealaich and Sgurr a'Bhuic.

If also hiking up Aonach Mor, a direct route heads up from the Nevis range. A straightforward slog up grassy slopes, though route choice will be challenging lower down if mountain-biking or skiing is taking place !

Aonach Beag together with Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg and Aonach Mor are collectively referred to as the Lochaber 4000s. Bagging them in one day makes for a long and varied route hiking on vast plateaux, scrambling along narrow ridges while taking in vast views.



Routes up Aonach Beag


The 'Aonachs' from Nevis Range hiking route

Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag are affectionately known as the 'Aonachs' and a straightforward and direct route these high Munro peaks is from the Nevis Range below Aonach Mor's northern grassy flank.

Peaks : 2 Munros

Ascent : 1450m (4760ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 6hr

The 'Aonachs' from Steall hiking route

Not as direct as from the approach from Nevis Range, this route up Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Glen Nevis is more rewarding as it passes through Nevis Gorge and the Falls of Steall.

Peaks : 2 Munros

Ascent : 1650m (5410ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 6hr

Ben Nevis and Lochaber 4000s hiking route

Together Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag are referred to as the Lochaber 4000s and bagging them in one day makes for a long and varied route hiking on vast plateaux, scrambling along narrow ridges while taking in vast views.

Peaks : 4 Munros

Ascent : 2220m (7280ft)
Distance : 20km (12m)
Time : 8:45hr

Ben Nevis, Lochaber 4000s and Grey Corries hiking route

Combining Ben Nevis, the Lochaber 4000s and the Grey Corries into one route makes for a long fairly challenging route hiking on vast plateaux and narrow ridges while taking in vast views. Ideal preparation (and recci) for a Tranter Round or longer Ramsay Round !

Peaks : 8 Munros

Ascent : 3200m (10500ft)
Distance : 32km (20m)
Time : 13:30hr



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