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Binnein Mor & Na Gruagaichean
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1530 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
6 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
16.97 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

A moderate route with some exposure on ridges and summit of Na Gruagaichean. Easy access on paths.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Kinlochleven

At Kinlochleven (B863) park to commence route.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,530 metres. Allow 6 hours to complete this 16.97 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from village of Kinlochmore
  NN18786225 Distance
20 m
Follow path ENE accross moorland to reach vehicle track
NN20886345 Distance
2.56 km
390 m
Cross track and ascend NE
NN22226467 Distance
2.09 km
618 m
Continue N to path junction at north end of lochan
NN22246578 Distance
1.21 km
720 m
Bear N on winding path
NN21756717 Distance
1.98 km
740 m
Leave path and ascend SW through crags in northern corrie of Binnein Mor to summit
NN21226634 Distance
1.00 km
1130 m
Head S to minor top (1062m)
NN21116568 Distance
0.68 km
1062 m
Head SW on ridge to summit of Na Gruagaichean
NN20316519 Distance
1.00 km
1056 m
Head NW to north top of Na Gruagaichean
NN20136538 Distance
0.28 km
1036 m
Descend WNW to join path on ridge
NN19386558 Distance
0.79 km
780 m
Bear SE on winding path
NN19716489 Distance
0.87 km
727 m
At switchback bend bear NNW and follow path turning WNW downhill
NN18926520 Distance
1.12 km
480 m
Descend on path to reach track and continue S on track to rejoin path
NN19196376 Distance
1.43 km
255 m
Descend S on path to return to Kinlochmore
  NN18786225 Distance
1.95 km
20 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Aonach Beag
by Metcheck
Images of Binnein Mor & Na Gruagaichean
Route Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
61.9 km
Woodlands (self-catering)
by Shiel Bridge, Inverness-shire
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Roger Green on 04 Apr 2003:
A great route on a continually interesting mountain. I opted to climb the ridge directly from the land rover track rather than at the bealach. Despite deep snow the path was always fairly obvious and the ridge between Binnein Mor and Na Gruaghaichean was fantastic - feeling safe and exhilerating with some easy scrambling. Deep snow and high winds made it hard work but the views accross to Ben Nevis and back over Glen Coe were a tremendous reward.
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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