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An Caisteal

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An Caisteal means "The Castle", as will be very apparent on approaching the summit. It is conveniently done taking in its neighbour, Beinn a'Chroin (942m), thus completing two Munros in a circular walk.

Start from the A82 road just south of Crianlarich (368 238), at the bend in the River Falloch. Take the track under the railway, cross the river by a bridge and continue up its southwest bank. Assuming an anti-clockwise walk, with An Caisteal the first Munro, leave the track after about one km to climb the grassy north slopes of Sron Garbh. The following ridge is known as Twistin Hill and leads eventually to a rocky knoll and the summit.

Go down the south ridge, which becomes steeper and rockier before the level col is gained before the rise to the summit ridge of Beinn a'Chroin. Climb the rocky northwest end of Beinn a'Chroin, zigzagging through the crags. Beinn a'Chroin has a 1km-long summit ridge with two tops, with the highest point near the east end of the West Top, round about the middle of the whole ridge (388 186).

The cairned high point of the lower East Top, at 940m, was long thought to be the Munro summit. The latest 1:50 000 map does not mark the 942m summit, which can be identified by a cairn standing above a small crag and just east of a tiny lochan.

The east top is some 600m further east and 2m lower, with the two tops separated by a col. To descend, go down from the col on a grassy ridge to reach the junction of two streams in Coire Earb. Continue the descent on the west side of the River Falloch and pick up the track leading back to Glen Falloch.


Maps: OS Sheet 50 'Glen Orchy & Loch Etive'
Distance: 13 km
Ascent: 950 m
Time: 5 hours
Food & Drink: North leads to Crianlarich with a choice of several hotels, while just south of the starting and finishing point is the Drovers' Inn at Inverarnan, with a not-to-be-missed ambience reeking of history.


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