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Luinne Bheinn

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A long walk in the Rough Bounds of Knoydart will clear any cobwebs your mind may have acquired! This area is renowned for several reasons; its landscape, rugged mountain topography, history, remoteness.

Oddly enough, despite the distances involved, there are no less than three standard routes of access. You may make your way by foot through Glen Dessarry in the south, by foot along the south side of Loch Hourn on the north, or from Inverie on Loch Nevis on the west. This route describes the last option.

Inverie, at the east end of Loch Nevis, is a good base for exploring this fine region, with a regular ferry from Mallaig. There is accommodation at Inverie as well as good eating and a popular pub. The residents of Knoydart have had a recent turbulent past and supporting their community is invaluable.

From Inverie, take the road alongside the Inverie River and on to gain the Mam Barrisdale. Climb the northwest ridge of Luinne Bheinn, passing a level spot at 665m and a large cairn before gaining the summit.

Luinne Bheinn, whose name may mean 'swelling hill', provides grand views of Ladhar Bheinn and Beinn Sgritheall to the northwest and Sgurr na Ciche to the southeast. The picture shows the first two mountains.

Continue the walk towards Meall Buidhe (946m, 849 990) by going along to the East Top of Luinne Bheinn (937m). Descend from that top southeast then southwest above Coire Odhair. The walking is rocky and undulating, taking in the bump of Druim Leac a'Shith. Further on, the Bealach Ile Coire is reached, beyond which is the northeast ridge of Meall Buidhe, leading to the South East Top at 942m. The summit of Meall Buidhe (yellow hill) lies about 430m to the WNW.

The fastest descent to Inverie is via the west ridge of Meall Buidhe to reach a bridge near the foot of Gleann Meadail. A bridge further west allows an easy crossing of Inverie River and so back to Inverie. An alternative descent path takes the southeast ridge before turning south to the Mam Meadail to pick up the right of way from Loch Arkaig to Inverie and so back to the starting point.


Maps: OS Sheet 33 'Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn', 40 'Mallaig & Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel'
Distance: 25 km
Ascent: 1400 m
Time: 8 hours
Food & Drink: Inverie has good eating and refreshment spots.


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