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Beinn Dorain


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.
1076 m (3530 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.
64 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 small stream

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.

The symmetrical outline of Beinn Dorain, with its slopes rising smoothly to the pointed summit is a familiar site on the road N from Tyndrum.

Beinn Dorain is a "Y" shaped mountain with ridges S to Gleann Ach'-innis Chailein, NNW connecting to Beinn an Dothaidh at the col above Coire an Dothaidh, and NE to Meall Garbh turning E to Meall Tionail. Between the the NNW and NE ridges is a high corrie.

The usual ascent route is via Coire Dothaidh and the NNW ridge, but an ascent is also possible via the track in Gleann Ach'-innis Chailein to the E and into Coire Ghabachlach to ascend the N face.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Dorain include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 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
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Ben Lui
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Beinn Dorain Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Dorain.

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 Routes that include Beinn Dorain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1245 m 13.38 km 5 hrs Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh  Easy route but for the relatively steep ascent/descent of Coire an Dothaidh.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Beinn Dorain

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Me on route to the summit of Beinn Dorain

© Martin Grady

Image by Martin Grady

Beinn Dorain.

© Martin Grady

Image by Martin Grady

Beinn Dorain summit

© Martin Grady

Image by Martin Grady

Me at the top of Beinn dorain

© Derrick Reid

Image by Derrick Reid
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Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh
by Doug Tulloch
Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh
by Alasdair Cairns
Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh
by Geert Gritter
Beinn Dorain
by Mark Nickol
Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh
by David Chapman
Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh
by Brendan Waters
Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh
by Kenny Mcneill

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Jonathan Small
wrote on
May 31, 2013
The path which Karen below mentions might be the one I took - it seems to take you to the west of the ridge crest as you near the Cairn an t'Sasunnaich (first top). It does go downhill a very little, but it is a good path, out of the wind, and reaches the summit safely with a short re-ascent once you get to the end of the ridge. I didn't try the ridge crest but my guess is that this path (well-worn with our boots!) avoids a lot of ups and downs and is an easy final approach. I'd recommend it.
Karen Curran
wrote on
August 30, 2010
Bottom of the hill rather boggy in places, as we reached the last accent to the col the winds were increasing. At the top of the bealach it was really windy to gale force which was a real struggle. Went on the wrong path and realised we were heading down towards the summit a sharp climb back on to the ridge showed us the first cairn. The true summit cairn was so cold and windy we headed straight back to the col into the wind. We decided to leave Beinn Dothaidh for another day as we sure didn't want to go abseiling from the top.
Andrew Blair
wrote on
September 7, 2009
We climbed Dorain in far worse conditions than any forecast had predicted (non-stop rain, gales & low-level fog). We met other similarly-duped walkers on the path, most had turned back & reported strong gales at the bealach. By the time we got there, we were ready to quit too as our waterproofs were losing the battle with the furious elements but 2 walkers on their way down informed us conditions were not as bad at the summit - this & sheer determination pushed us on. We found the true summit with the aid of my GPS & it was strangely calm but this hill deserves a return trip in better weather.
Anne Forbes
wrote on
November 2, 2008
Brilliant day, excellent views and excellent weather. Only downside was the muddiness on the first stage of the walk. Ended up ankle-deep in mud a couple of times! Cameron McNeish describes the views from the summit as disappointing, it certainly wasn't on Saturday.
Hilary Neilson
wrote on
September 12, 2007
Here's another one who took the wrong path, seems it is easier to find the wrong path than the correct one, and on a day when visability was very poor, probably just as well I couldnt see what must have been a fairly dramatic drop. Certainly the return by the correct path was very straightforward, will have to do this one again on a better day.

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