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Beinn a' Chroin


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.
940 m (3083 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.
233 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.
Hill of the sheep fold

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
  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive

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

Beinn a' Chroin sits at the head of Coire Earb attached to An Caisteal by a high col (805m). It is a steep sided mountain with craggy slopes and a craggy summit curved around the tiny Lochain a' Chroin (750m).

It can be climbed from Coire Earb to the N either via its N ridge on the W slopes of Stob Glas Bheag, or from An Caisteal via the col. It can also be climbed via the track to Inverlochlarig up the S slopes to the bealach E of the summit.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn a' Chroin include
 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.
Picture Gallery for Beinn a' Chroin

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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Oss
by Metcheck
Beinn a' Chroin Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn a' Chroin.

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 Routes that include Beinn a' Chroin
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1123 m 14.50 km 5 hrs An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin  An easy day initially on grass, but with some rocky tops higher up.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Beinn a' Chroin

 Baggers Gallery for Beinn a' Chroin

peachy &colin top of an caisteal

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan

an caisteal,

© Steven Mcwilliam

Image by Steven Mcwilliam

Iain bags his 50th Munro!

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

At the summit with An Caisteal in the background

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick
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 Shared Members Track Logs
An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin
by Philip McLoone
Beinn a' Chroin and An Caisteal
by Michael Hill
An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin
by Alan Parker
An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin
by Graham Gaw
An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin
by Nico Boxhoorn
An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin
by Brendan Waters
Beinn a' Chroin
by Kenny Mcneill

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

Leon Mooney
wrote on
April 10, 2007
Climbed after reaching the summit An Caisteal. The descent and subsequent ascent was refreshingly straightforward after having been along Twistin Hill. The path up took me to a rock face that was at chest height, and had me wondering if I'd taken a wrong turn, but I scrambled up anyway. At the first cairn, I could see (through the cloud) a peak that was definitely higher than where I was, and my GPS was convinced that I wasn't done yet. I probably preferred this one to An Caisteal, but I doubt I'll be back to these two in a hurry.
Joseph Buchanan
wrote on
September 27, 2004
Done along with An Caisteal would have returned via An Caisteal if I had known about how boggy the route along River Falloch and through Coire Earb was. Sunk in knee deep many times which makes it an unpleasant hike all the way back to the A82 which spoiled the day slightly . So if the conditions are okay stick to the high ground, unless you have canoe.
Kathleen Haddow
wrote on
May 29, 2004
Did Beinn a'Chroin from Inverlocharig side (nr Balquhidder). Not a route to be recommended! It's steep and higher up there are crags to be skirted round. Trying to avoid them on the way down I found the navigation to be a bit tricky. May be easier if you can see where you're going.
Ivor Bennett
wrote on
April 20, 2003
Climbed the hill after An Caisteal and found it to have much more character. As someone who hates exposure, I would have appreciated a warning about the climb up from the col between the two hills. The views from the top were spectacular, especially of An caisteal and Cruach Ardrain. VERY long walk back to A82!
Roger Green
wrote on
August 27, 2002
Debate goes on as to which is the true top of Beinn a' Chroin. This may seem academic to most but a single minded Munro bagger will want "to be sure". Up until a few years ago the East top was regarded as the true summit, this was re-surveyed by the OS and amended to the West top. Strangely the Harvey Maps seem to show the East Top as the summit but clearly indicate a higher contour line in the middle! A further change to the "official summit" seams likely - if you want to be certain of your status as a Munroist you had better visit all the cairns! A really enjoyable walk either way.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 24 Oct 2009 Beinn a' Chroin and An Caisteal: The Southern Approach Michael Hill Beinn a' Chroin and An Caisteal
2 01 Apr 2012 Beinn a Chroin avoiding An Caisteal! Nick Bryant Beinn a' Chroin Not Yet Rated
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