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Beinn Chuirn


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.
880 m (2887 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.
48 of 222 Corbetts
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.
Cairn 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
  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive

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

Beinn Chuirn is the highest peak in a short range of hills located between Glen Lochy and Glen Cononish and can be ascended from either glen.

The shorter route is from Glen Lochy and this also avoids the mining activity on the southern slopes of this mountain. The Glen Lochy approach requires the River Lochy to be crossed, there is a rail bridge but no foot bridge at this point.

Beinn Chuirn is a craggy hill but the rocky outcrops are scattered and can be avoided.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Chuirn include
 Unbridged River to cross.
 Crags within 1km of 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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West Highlands
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West Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lui
by Metcheck
Beinn Chuirn Area Map
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 Routes that include Beinn Chuirn
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 660 m 6.33 km 2.5 hrs Beinn Chuirn  Short easy route, but requires river crossing (there is a rail bridge but no foot bridge). The initial ascent is through a forest. Not Yet Rated 

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On the summit of Beinn Chuirn with Ben More and Stob Binnein to the rear. 6/11/2011 on a beautiful November day.

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Me at the summit of Beinn Chuirn, with Ben Challum just visible on the right.

© Leon Mooney

Image by Leon Mooney

My wife Ruth at Summit on a cold and damp day

© David Peden

Image by David Peden

Me and Jack at summit on 29/06/09

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly
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David McSporran on 10 Oct 2021

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James Corrigan
wrote on
October 13, 2010
Original plan was to head up Ben Dubhchraig and Ben Oss but low cloud meant the plan needed adjusting.Already been up Ben Lui and that was also shrouded but Beinn Chuirn was almost visible except fro the summit being clouded.Headed for Beinn Chuirn.Took the South grassy steep slopes before turning SE crossing a nice waterfall and burn.The cloud then thickened and all visibility was gone.Kept on the bearing and soon reached some rather dramatic cliffs about 300ft from the summit.Pity there was a limited view.Pushed on and got to the flatish top with a small cairn.Came back round to see the old mining remains and what a mess this is.Easy to see why folk are so much against mining operations in scenes of natural splendour.Long route march along Cononish still looking at Oss and Dubhchraig shrouded from around 2000ft.Another day for those 2.
Alex Bryce
wrote on
October 9, 2006
I climbed this peak from Glen Orchy - NOT RECOMMENDED for anything other than for those short of time. A steep pathless pull up to the summit missing much of the local interest.
Alan Wilson
wrote on
September 7, 2006
Took the bike from Tyndrum lower up to Cononish, left the bike at the bottom of Eas Anie (waterfall).... old gold mine activity has left behind an appalling mess of dilapidated cabins, junk, mine cars, cores etc...what a mess !...steep grass and loose rock to main ridge then a pleasant scoot up the stony ridge...this hill gives great views 360 deg...from the neighbours of Lui, Oss etc to distant Arran and Arrochar area...good for a shortish day.

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