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A three-hill walk above the Rest and be Thankful road, taking in one Munro, one Corbett and a top. Start from the car park just west of where the A83 crosses the Kinglas Water. The first hill is the Corbett, Beinn Luibhean (858m), the outlier of Beinn Ime.

Walk back over the bridge and leave the road about 100m SE of the bridge, to below a ruined cottage. A path runs up alongside the burn, adjacent to cleared forest and leads into the coire below the Bealach a'Mhargaidh. The bealach is a relatively wide, flat one, at an altitude of about 680m.

Now take the east ridge of Beinn Luibhean (hill of the little plant) up to its cairn on a small crag. Retrace the route to the bealach then take the steep and often rocky south-west slopes on Beinn Ime to reach the large summit cairn on a crag.

To complete this round of the "Beinn Ime group", descend north to the Glas Bhealach and continue north up the south ridge of Beinn Chorranach (possibly hill of the sickle - corran) to gain the summit at 885m.

Now descend the fine north ridge of that hill towards the oddly named ruin of Abyssinia. (I heard from a local, many years ago, that a soldier had been out in Africa and being very taken by the country had on his return built a house there and named it so.) Take care on the ridge, which has many small steps of schistose rock.

There should be little problem crossing the burn unless in flood, to gain the track leading down Glen Kinglas and so back to the A83 opposite the bridge.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 56 'Loch Lomond & Inveraray'
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: To the west lies Inveraray, with either hotels in the village itself, or the world-famous Oyster Bar at the head of the loch. To the east lies Arrochar, with a choice of refreshment stops.

 

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