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Beinn Fhada


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.
1032 m (3385 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.
100 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.
Long 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 Fhada is a massive and complex mountain. The summit lies at the junction of the rocky NE ridge with the broad summit plateau, the "Plaide Mor".

From the summit plateau a narrow ridge curves E to Sgurr a' Dubh Doire (962m) then NE to another top (825m) from where branches run NW and ENE. This ENE ridge slopes down to the head of Glen Affric where a number of paths converge.

From N of the summit plateau a rocky ridge leads to Meall a' Bhealaich overlooking Beallach an Sgairne. A descent on the W slope of this ridge (minor scrambling) leads to a path by Allt Coire an Sgairne.

W of the summit plateau, there is a short rocky N ridge and a curving NW ridge leading to Meall an Fuarain Mhoir (891m) then N to Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh - this is a route for scramblers.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Fhada include
 High Plateau, summit may be difficult to locate.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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.
Picture Gallery for Beinn Fhada

A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#.

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Beinn Fhada Area Map
Legend  Munro  Corbett  Graham  English/Welsh Top  Accommodation

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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from Beinn Fhada
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
8.2 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Fhada.

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 Routes that include Beinn Fhada
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1481 m 15.49 km 6 hrs Beinn Fhada  Difficult route which requires a head for exposure and scrambling skills. To avoid scramble ascend by descent route.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Beinn Fhada

 Baggers Gallery for Beinn Fhada

A dog in urgent need of a haircut on Beinn Fhada. Molly, July 2015.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Myself on Beinn Attow,...(13,8,11).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

My old man enjoying a phone call with a view. 25/07/09

© Sam Marshall

Image by Sam Marshall

Myself standing beside the summit trig point on a glorious summers day. 25/07/09

© Sam Marshall

Image by Sam Marshall
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A' Ghlas-bheinn and Beinn Fhada
by Brian Howarth
Beinn Fhada and A' Ghlas-bheinn
by Alasdair Cairns
Beinn Fhada and A' Ghlas-bheinn
by Douglas Mason
Beinn Fhada
by David McSporran

Post a few words about Beinn Fhada or read what others have had to say.

Alex Bryce
wrote on
August 9, 2009
I was surpised how straightforward the Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh ascent route was, one slabby bit but it's not exposed and over quickly. Makes for a more interesting traverse certainly, but i would favour it for ascent for the reason that the many ups and downs could test the patience of tired legs.
Donald Macaulay
wrote on
April 21, 2009
Park car at Dorusduain, have to drive through farm to it , speed bumps on road, car park marked Falls of Glomach, follow track through first forestry gate then head right to bridge over river before gaining track up Glenn Choinneachain then a few hundred yards after crossing Alt Coire an Sgairne path splits , head south along trak up corrie to top of ridge then head for summit. Can combine Bheinn Fhada with A'Ghlas-bheinn, head for Meall a' Bhealaich then down to Bealach an Sgairne, very steep, but can follow faint path which initially goes east then north then west. Good track to A'Ghlas-bheinn
Nick Bulbeck
wrote on
June 15, 2008
The scrambling is, I have to say, a little easier than the route description suggests. There's really only one awkward descent, of about 20 feet, which is not exposed. Don't be put off, therefore - the Sgurr a' Choire Ghairbh ridge is a superb way up or down.

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