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Beinn Udlaidh & Beinn Bhreac-liath


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Two Corbetts are on this walk, ideal for the short winter days which bear down on us at this time of year. Start from Invergaunan in Glen Orchy (NN278 368), keeping the entrance clear of course!

Walk up by the Allt Ghamhnain, on the northeast edge of forestry, for about 1.5km, before turning southwest onto the north ridge of Beinn Udlaidh. Soon you will cross an interesting geological feature which is visible from quite a distance, a stratum of quartzite. Ice climbers in Coire Daimh of Beinn Udlaidh find this a steep challenge when sheathed in ice.

The wide, flat summit plateau is easily reached. Now continue, first southeast then bending east-north-east to gain a wide col at about 585m. The climb to Beinn Bhreac-liath (302 339, 802m) is steep at first before easing to gain the long summit ridge. Continue along the north ridge before descending towards the gap in the forestry and the starting point at Invergaunan on the B 8074 in Glen Orchy.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 50 'Glen Orchy & Loch Etive'
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 930 m
Time: 5 hours
Food & Drink: The Bridge of Orchy Hotel could not be better placed and offers good food and drink. As an alternative, the drive down Glen Orchy is very scenic, particularly when the Orchy is in spate. This route leads to Dalmally on the A85, where there is another good hotel.

 

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