Beinn Sgulaird from Druimavuic

Munro hillwalking route in the Glen Creran area

After a steep pull up grassy slopes, a fine there-and-back route over minor bouldery summits gains Beinn Sgulaird's Munro peak.


Route outline


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Munros Beinn Sgulaird
Ascent 1280m (4190ft)
Distance 11km (7m)
Time 5:00hr
Start/finish Druimavuic, Loch Creran
Grid Ref : NN008450
Terrain
easy hard
Nav
easy hard
Effort
easy hard
Scenery
ok fab


For much of the ascent on this route the terrain is grass covered and a faint path can be traced. Higher up, ground is much rougher, with several large areas of boulderfield needing crossed. There are no narrow crests or significant drops with exposure on this approach. Navigation in mist can be testing, particularly on the higher ground.



Route detail


Getting there
  • The A828 connects Fort William to Oban, on which Loch Creran sits halfway along it's length.
  • A road bridge crosses the narrows at the western end of the loch with roundabouts on either side.
  • From the southern of these two roundabouts, drive up following the southern shore of Loch Creran for 3km and park in a layby by an electronic road sign powered by a small windmill and solar panel.

Beinn Sgulaird
  • Walk south-west back along the road for 100m to a driveway off left (south) and begin hiking up a fine track through some forestry.
  • After leaving the forestry behind, continue uphill and reach a small cairn aside the track at around c150m . There's a path to the left on the grass heading directly up the hill - from here you can see a large erratic boulder higher up which looks as if it could just roll off the hill.
  • Follow this path up to the boulder then continue a bit further to reach the top of a little summit with a cairn on it at 488m.
  • On this summit, the path appears to hug the south-east edge above a drop on scree, it then heads off north - stick with it, it does return to the bealach ahead and avoids any slight difficulties.
  • Cross a fence and continue gaining height on a path up Beinn Sgulaird's southern summit. The path becomes more indistinct further up.
  • There are several false summits on the way - the summit (only referred to as a spot height of 863m on maps), is gained just after passing a tiny lochan.
  • At this summit, the path becomes more obvious again - follow it north-east, down over bouldery ground to a bealach and up Meall Garbh .
  • Beyond Meall Garbh's summit, more bouldery ground is descended continuing north-east to another bealach. The final ascent lies ahead and a fine path traces a route up to Beinn Sgulaird's summit with its large cairn.
  • Beinn Sgulaird is a fine point for taking in some superb views.

Return to Loch Creran
  • Return by the same route, being rewarded with fantastic views all the way out to Jura, Mull, Morven and beyond as you descend.



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Route photos


Starting up Beinn SgulairdStarting up Beinn Sgulaird
Erratic boulder on the way up Beinn SgulairdErratic boulder on the way up Beinn Sgulaird
Beinn Sgulaird from 863m summitBeinn Sgulaird from 863m summit
Beinn Sgulaird's summit from Meall GarbhBeinn Sgulaird's summit from Meall Garbh
View north from Beinn Sgulaird's summitView north from Beinn Sgulaird's summit
Returning along Beinn Sgulaird's crest, Ben Cruachan distantReturning along Beinn Sgulaird's crest, Ben Cruachan distant




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