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This fine double peak, whose name ominously means hill of the thunderbolt, guards the western entrance to Glencoe, soaring up from the waterline opposite the Ballachulish Bridge. There are two Munros and with the higher at 1024m and a start not far above sea level your legs will receive a good workout.

Start from Ballachulish village, leaving the school (080 578) to follow a right of way path for 1 km until the WNW ridge of Sgorr Dhearg can be taken. The ridge soon narrows and steepens, with some rocky steps to scramble up, before merging with the main ridge of Beinn a'Bheithir. The first top reached is Sgorr Bhan (947m, 062 560), with Sgorr Dhearg, the first Munro, several hundred metres further along a lovely curve. Good skywalking here.

Descend west to the bealach at 757m and climb up to the second Munro, Sgorr Dhonuill. There are no complications. If, like me, the temptation is to rush for the summit on a good day, you will collapse on the grass and wait until the spinning stops!

To descend return to the bealach then take the path north into the coire. This may be awkward in wet weather as it has become badly worn. Reach the forest and continue to a road at 047 569. Go left along this until you can take another road back right which will take you back by a descending traverse to reach the A82 at the church just west of Ballachulish. This is the church with the railway signal, for all you train-spotters!

 

Maps: OS Sheet 41 'Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe'
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 1230 m
Time: 5 hours
Food & Drink: The large Ballachulish Hotel sits above the shore just west of the bridge (turn off at the roundabout). There is also the Loch Leven Hotel on the north side of the narrows, with a Scottish Food Shop adjacent for stocking up with tasty traditional goodies.

 

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