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Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Etive]


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.
959 m (3146 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.
198 of 282 Munros
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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.
Finlay's hill

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

Beinn Fhionnlaidh is a rocky mountain located between Glen Creran and Glen Etive. It is elongated E to W with the summit in the centre and smaller top (841m) to the E.

The slopes of Beinn Fhionnlaidh are generally rocky and can be difficult to ascend. The most common route is to ascend the 841m top from the S via the bealach between it and the much smaller Meall nan Gobhar, then bearing NW to the summit ridge and W to summit.

The ascent involves some minor scrambling.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Etive] include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 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.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Etive].

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 Routes that include Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Etive]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1760 m 16.86 km 6.5 hrs Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh [Glen Etive]  Moderate climb on grass leading to rocky slopes, This route avoids the worst of the crags, but there is some scrambling on Beinn Fhionnlaidh.  

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Molly at the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh in Glen Etive, after a thoroughly enjoyable ascent following Ralph Storer's "Lost Valley" route from Elleric. August 2011.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

On the Summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh 26th September 2010. Glorious weather, wall to wall blue for much of the day, fantastic views once you're up there.

© John Elrick

Image by John Elrick

Graham, Joanne, Scott & Lynda on Beinn Fhionnlaidh, May 2010

© Graham & Joanne Bullen

Image by Graham & Joanne Bullen

At the summit of Beinn Fhionnlaidh 24/4/2010.

© Ian Mather

Image by Ian Mather
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Jonathan Small
wrote on
May 17, 2011
Climbed this Munro in glorious Easter weather, from Glen Creran, descending later to Glen Etive. Having seen both sides of the mountain, I'd strongly recommend the western approach. True it is a bit longer, but the ground is much more pleasant, less steep, and the views begin immediately and open up beautifully as you ascend. This is particularly so to the southeast, when Ben Sgulaird gives way to the Etive hills, Blackmount, Beinn Trilleachan and Ben Cruachan. The aspect around the little lochans just to the southwest of the summit ridge is well worth the extra distance in good weather.
Gregor Helm
wrote on
February 3, 2009
Climbed on 4th jan,from Glen Etive biked to the hairpin at 122488 and took 40mins up and 10 mins down,saving about 45/60 mins walking back to car. Over all time for hill 3hrs 40.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
March 25, 2008
Climbed from Glen Ure. A straightforward ascent route that opens the possibility of combining with Beinn Sgulaird. If climbing from this side I'd recommend continuing down the east ridge from the summit, to get a flavour of this side of the mountain, and then dropping from the col into Glen Ure to descend.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 28, 2007
Black Mount Estate 01838 400 255; permitted route during stalking 1st August to 20th October 2007, including weekends. From Invercharnan, through forest to 595 m col north of Meall nan Gobhar, joining ridge near 841 m point.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 25, 2007
23rd August 2007. We started at Invercharnan; there is room for two cars to park just north of the bridge over the Charnan. After leaving the forest, there is a dilapidated bridge at 118 490 but the stream can be crossed on the stones. Aiming for the col north of Meall nan Gobhar, a path has developed along the south bank of the stream. On entering a deep gorge, the path crosses over to the hillside on the north bank. At the col the path turns north up the hill. We lost it in cloud at 700 m but aimed for the dip in the ridge at 800 m, at which point we emerged into a brief temperature inversion.

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