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Beinn Sgritheall


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
974 m (3195 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
183 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Scree hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  33   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Beinn Sgritheall is an isolated Munro overlooking Arnisdale on the shore of Loch Hourn.

It has a curved summit ridge with three tops, the summit which lies to the NE, a Middle Top (974m) and an East Top (906m). The S slopes are steep and stony with rocky outrops. From the summit ridge two ridges run NE, one curving NW, to enclose a high corrie. A third long ridge runs W to Creag an Taghain.

The W ridge offers the easiest ascent route if you can find a way through the forest of Coille Mhialairigh. From the E top a third NE ridge produces a second high corrie, Coire Min, to the SE of this is Bealach Arnisdale, offering a steep ascent from the village below.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Sgritheall include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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North West Highlands
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West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Beinn Sgritheall Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Sgritheall.

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 Routes that include Beinn Sgritheall
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1175 m 7.22 km 3.5 hrs Beinn Sgritheall  Short route on moderately steep grass and steep stoney slopes.  

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Descending Beinn Sgritheall with Arnisdale and Loch Hourn in the background - 10th July 2011

© Aileen Moir

Image by Aileen Moir

Joyce descending westwards from the summit, with the village of Arnisdale below beside Loch Hourn.

© Ian Munro

Image by Ian Munro

Me and Glen who is 6yrs old on summit,(16/10/10).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Joanne & Graham on Beinn Sgritheall

© Graham & Joanne Bullen

Image by Graham & Joanne Bullen
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Aidan Waiting
wrote on
August 15, 2008
Maybe it's because I was brought up walking in the lake district and love the way the mountains seem to rise from the water or maybe it was the stunning weather that we had but this was a fantastic Munro to climb. We ascended from Armisdale as we couldn't find a way to go up through the wood (there's a small cairn on left hand side of the road driving towards Armisdale as we found on descent) and ended up having a lovely circular walk following the sign up from the village, over the top of the summit (NWish) and then S through the woods. I wouldn't like to go through wood in the wet though!
David Harbottle
wrote on
February 18, 2008
Ref comment below: "if starting the ascent a mile west from Arnisdale... take a machette" - I totally agree! and make ABSOLUTELY SURE you start at the correct place (we didn't) - the ascent through the forestry in purgatory! But, it's the best way to traverse the mountain (honest).
Craig Dunderdale
wrote on
May 3, 2007
In the lovely village of Arnsidale follow the "way up the hill" path it's worn but a big clue. Definitely better on a sunny day with the views over Knoydart which I didn't see this time but saw the reverse view last year from Ladhar Bheinn.
wrote on
June 7, 2005
Followed the path from Arnisdale up to the bealach and then west, absolutely awful, very boggy for such a steep ascent. Walking poles sunk in about two feet at times! I decided not to return this way and after summiting descended east to the low point of summit ridge and then straight down south to Arnisdale. Very steep at times slippy but better than the way up.
Ian Johnston
wrote on
December 22, 2004
If starting the ascent from a mile west of Arnisdale, take strong gloves and a machete - the lower slopes opposite one of the few parking places are infested with briars!

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