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Beinn Achaladair


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.
1038 m (3405 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.
94 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 field by the hard water

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 top of Beinn Achaladair consists of a curved ridge connecting the summit with the South Top (1002m). It is a mountain with fairly steep slopes leading to higher rocky outcrops and crags.

From the summit a craggy ridge runs NNE and offers an ascent route (minor scrambling) from the Crannach woods, but the more usual route is the rocky ENE ridge which connects to Meall Buidhe leading to Beinn a' Chreachain.

From the South Top the ridge descends S to a broad bealach at the head of Coire Daingean, from where a descent can be made through Coire Achaladair to Achallader Farm. Beinn Manach can also be accessed from the S ridge via the bealach at the head of Gleann Calliche.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Achaladair 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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West Highlands
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Beinn Achaladair Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Achaladair.

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 Routes that include Beinn Achaladair
  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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Andrew law at the summit on Sunday 24th August 2014

© Andrew Law

Image by Andrew Law

Beinn Achaladair summit.

© Paul Burgess

Image by Paul Burgess

Joanne & Graham at the summit of Beinn Achaladair

© Graham & Joanne Bullen

Image by Graham & Joanne Bullen

01/05/2010 - Me (middle) & friends on the summit of Beinn Achaladair. By now I've had a wedge of rotten wood stuck under my thumbnail for 8 hours after slipping in the woods at the foot of Beinn a'Chreachain. It was a very, very long day for me...

© Andrew Blair

Image by Andrew Blair
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James Corrigan
wrote on
September 29, 2011
Looking along the ridge and Coire of Beinn a Chreachain reveals a magnificent view ahead but also a strenuous one to reach Beinn Achaladair with its summit Cairn perched close to a cliff.Desending from Meall Buidhe then the sharp pull up was the most stunning view of the day.Great view on to Loch Tulla,over to Beinn an Dothaid.Beinn Dorain and the Auch Corbetts makes this walk a rewarding one.There appears to be now easy way down.The very steep North face of Beinn Achaladair should be considered with care.I dropped to the South top where some height is lost and went down to the west highland railway and back to the Farm.Still steep but less terrifying.
Richard Aston
wrote on
May 12, 2010
My map also shows the more westerly 1038m as the summit. when i continued to the cairn at 1036m and looked back it seemed that it was lower than the rest of the summit ridge, although i couldn't really pinpoint the 1038m summit when i was there!
Andrew Blair
wrote on
May 5, 2010
On our walk, there was some confusion as to where the actual summit of Beinn Achaladair was. One of our party had an OS map showing a summit at 1036m and another summit at 1038m a couple of hundred metres along the ridge. Our walk leader had a map which showed only the 1036m summit. According to my satnav - which has a 1:50 OS map built into it and also showed two summits - the cairn has been built on the 1036m summit.
Doug Johnston
wrote on
May 25, 2007
Coming down off of Beinn Achaladair via the south ridge to the bealach with Beinn an Dothaidh, in wet conditions, is very treachorous when you duck down into the Coire. It took me almost as long to come down as to go up, what with slipping and sliding on horribly loose topsoil on and around the path. Allow an extra bit of time if its wet.
Alex Aikman
wrote on
February 3, 2006
The waymarked path through Crannoch Woods is very well signposted and the path itself in excellent condition. Following it leads you directly to the easiest route up the North East ridge keeping to the east side of Loch a' Chreachain.

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