up this Corbett is to fully savour the wonderful mix of mountain, sea
and loch for which the west coast of Scotland is justly famed. You do
have to drive down twisty Glen Etive however, unless you can take a boat
up Loch Etive.
300m short of the road end, at the forest edge (111453). The start is
muddy but at about 200m above sea level you can leave the path (which
incidentally is an old route joining the heads of lochs Etive and Creran)
to ascend the NE ridge of the hill.
a top at 590m (Meall nan Gobhar, the rounded hill of the goat) and continue
over increasingly rocky but easy ground. About half way along the ridge,
moving over a second top at 767m, you cannot fail to notice the exposure
on the Etive side, as you are now above the famous Trilleachan Slabs,
playground of the bold rock climber. Do not dislodge any stones!
A short dip
of about 70m, then a gentle rise leads finally to the summit, from where
on a good day it will be difficult to leave the views. The range of Cruachan
is almost exactly south, some 13km away and is particularly fine.
shows an interesting feature on Beinn Trilleachan, The Chasm, which lies
about two kilometres south of the summit. This striking feature must have
claimed a good many deer and sheep over the years and I would not go looking
for it in poor visibility! The Chasm begins as a gully, some three kilometres
south of the Trilleachan Slabs. It is indicated on the map with the rocky
feature named Teanga Dubh (black tongue), which is a rocky buttress splitting
retrace your route back to the road. An alternative is to continue south
from the summit, carefully avoid falling into the Chasm, then once safely
past The Chasm head SE down the slope to pick up the path on the lochside.
Follow this up to the head of the loch and so regain the road.