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Beinn a' Chreachain


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.
1081 m (3546 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.
61 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 rocks

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' Chreachain has a conical top located to the S of a curving ridge around Lochan a Chreachain. It has fairly steep slopes with rocky outcrops and craggy regions particularly on N and NE facing slopes but also S of the summit.

The usual ascent route is from Crannoch Woods to Coire an Lochain, passing N of the loch to ascend minor peak (961m) then on ridge SW to reach summit cone. Another access route is from Beinn Achaladair via Meall Buidhe on the ridge SW of Coire an Lochain.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn a' Chreachain include
 Steep slopes 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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 Routes that include Beinn a' Chreachain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1450 m 17.69 km 6.5 hrs Beinn a' Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair  Relatively long route but easy ascent on moderate heather and grass slopes plus good summit ridge walks.  

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Cold and happy

© Claire Wales

Image by Claire Wales

Summit of Beinn a' Chreachain.

© Paul Burgess

Image by Paul Burgess

Me on top of Beinn a Chreachain, third clear day on the run.

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

Graham & Joanne at the summit of Beinn a' Chreachain

© Graham & Joanne Bullen

Image by Graham & Joanne Bullen
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Beinn a' Chreachain and Beinn Achaladair
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Andrew Minshall
wrote on
August 5, 2012
The land owners have installed a new gate close to the road. There is a new car park and sign which says car park. The gate had a chain around it with a padlock on the chain - not locked though. There was also a new path which was signposted hill to stop you going through the farm. I walked through the farm to follow the River Tula, the track through the forest is very overgrown and not recommended, could not see the second bridge from high up - is is still there?
Alasdair Cruickshank
wrote on
July 14, 2012
New car park and gate on the road to stop parking at the farm, adds a bit of extra walking onto the day.
James Corrigan
wrote on
September 25, 2011
There is a car park next to the farm who seem walker freindly.The ste gate from here is the route for clockwise traverse of both Munro`s.The Alt Ur is the first of a few burns to be crossed.You may need to wade this. If not in spate there are a few places to ford.Keep on path and over bridge over Tulla burn.Old ruins ahead and soon turn right.The woods are boggy and rough in places.There is a heading south for a gap under the railway, this is not obvious, at least it wasn`t for me.It is a low gap so watch your head! The Black wood is now in front and views of the hill open up.It looks massive from here with its long sweeping curve.There is a style to be crossed.It looks like Deer control and damage prevention by them to let the woods recover.Followed the burn south east up to crags.Views over the Blackmount and Rannoch moor and a lovely lochan reward the effort so far.There is a large cairn on top and great views over to Beinn Achaladar.The large drops to get there look daunting
Sam Marshall
wrote on
May 6, 2008
The descent of this hill proved the most demanding part of the day. Having a dog with me made crossing the stiles rather difficult. Also the Cicerone Guide implies that the walkway under the railway line is in 'an obvious gap in the trees'. I descended into this gap and had to walk along the railway for a few hundred meters until i found the tunnel. Crossing the streams also proved difficult but Buddy (to my amazement) actually doggy paddled... Plenty of sheep near the farm, as one might expect, so make sure the lead is readily available if you are accompanied by a pet.
Andrew Crawford
wrote on
September 5, 2004
New deer fence around Crannach Wood to east of Achallater with distant boundary roughly following line of Allt Coire an Lochan. Upper boundary around 550m contour. Stile in place at SE corner Grid Ref 367455. More to follow for hillwalker access/egress for Beinn a' Creachain. Should allow ancient pines to regenerate naturally.

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