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Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a' Bheithir)


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.
1001 m (3284 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.
137 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.
Donald's rocky peak (Hill of the thunderbolt)

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
  41   Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe

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

Beinn a' Bheithir is the classic horseshoe ridge with two peaks qualifying as Munros, Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill. These peaks are less than 2km apart and always climbed together.

Sgorr Dhonuill is the larger of the two and has two short and craggy N ridges which should be avoided plus a very broad W ridge that curves N. Sgorr Dhonuill has steep and craggy N and S slopes.

The normal approach is from Sgorr Dhearg, but an ascent can be made from Gleann a Chaolais to the N onto the col between Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill, or from the N on the broad W Ridge.

Hazards you may encounter on Sgorr Dhonuill include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 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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West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Bidean nan Bian
by Metcheck
Sgorr Dhonuill Area Map
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 Routes that include Sgorr Dhonuill
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1395 m 14.10 km 5.5 hrs Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill  Moderate climb with a short easy scramble at the top of the first ascent.  

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Me at the summit of a great days walking, with danny,kriss,and daw from Auchinleck Hillwalking club,

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

Lynda & Scott at summit of Sgorr Dhonuill 9th Apr 2011 - Sgorr Dhearg behind.

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands

Me on top of Sgorr Dhonuill with Sgorr Dhearg in the background.

© Steve Marlow

Image by Steve Marlow

Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a' Bheithir) Aug'10

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake
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James Corrigan
wrote on
July 28, 2011
Start Ballachilish walking Sgorr Bhan.Sgorr Dearg to Beallach for Sgorr Dhonill which has a drop to 757m.Mindfull this ascent is one thing after a hard walk from Ballachulish then re ascent of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Bhan would have to be taken head on as that is where the car was left.This seemed favourable to the ugly clumps of Pine and the horror stories of getting lost amongst what awaits at the head of A828.Straightforward ascent to Sgorr Dhonill except for a wee scramble near the top and a scary looking sheer face, plunging dramatically in to a deep Coire.There is a fine view of the entire Horseshoe from here. Sgorr Bhan looking brilliant White in the intense Sun.The narrow ridges of the entire mountain look Arete style.Very dramatic.Fraochaidh looks wild and dramtic below.If you like Bidean which is seen very well from here, then this one will certainly appeal.Views of Loch Linnhe and out to Sea made for some great relaxation before a tough return journey to Ballachulish
Gordon Miller
wrote on
September 18, 2009
The forest is absolutely impenetrable. You are not likely to to make your way through it for any distance, so your stuck with taking the forest tracks. Cross the burn at the first bridge and take a right. this will fold back on itself to a Northerly direction but don't worry. It will come out on a forest type road for vehicles. If you go left for a few yards you'll see the path continue up into the trees on the right. Similarly further on, you'll see the track continue just to the left as you come out to a turning circle for forest traffic, though this one is more obvious. The rest is easy!!
David Harbottle
wrote on
November 20, 2007
Here's a video diary of my traverse of Beinn a'Bheithir, with my son Mark (June 2007): http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2gydl_glencoe-jun07-day-2_people
Jacqui Durie
wrote on
June 18, 2006
And also watch out for less scary but still dangerous wire from fencing lying about on path down between the two summits.....my dog almost came to grief on numerous portions of it.
Roy Smart
wrote on
December 3, 2002
Watch out for the scary option on the path just to the south of the summit. You do not have to walk the 4 foot ledge with an unprotected drop of 200 feet over which you cannot see the bottom of the cliffs! There is a path for the faint-hearted well off the cliffs.

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