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.
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.
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!
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!