Summits over 2500ft
Summits over 2500ft
(pronounced ben booee)
Because Beinn Buidhe falls below 3000ft, it is often overlooked by hillwalkers, however it is a magnificent and strenuous ridge walk. It can be a tricky walk in poor visibility as the eastern end is steep and broken.
Get to Mam Meadail via the paths from either Inverie or Camusrory. From here head up to the start of the ridge at Meall Bhasiter. Stick to the ridge top as any temptation to short cut can lead onto the surrounding cliffs. Passing Sgurr an t Sagairt in particular requires a good head for heights as all routes over or around it are very steep. Follow the ridge to its end and then descend past Loch Bhraomisaig to Kilchoan or take a very steep descent past the hydro scheme down the Allt Dubh.
A shorter route up gains the ridge through Mam Uchd. It is also possible to head directly for the ridge from Camusrory.
Start by walking along the track towards Inverguseran. On leaving the forestry and passing through the gate, turn right and head for the ridge ahead. Once across the plateau, passing the gorge of Slochd a Mhogha on your right, follow the main ridge to the summit. Steep and exposed in places it makes a very fine approach.
Alternatively, leave the village on the Glean Dubh Lochain path. After passing through the white wooden gate turn left and head up the shoulder to the East of Allt Slochd a Mhogha. This gives a steady climb up to the summit and a steep descent down to the village.
Descend by either of these routes however do not attempt to descend to Folach via the Garsley wood. It is possible to descend through the Inverie woods, by please ask before attempting this.
A third enjoyable alternative is cross the flats below the summit and climb up Coire Coinnichean to Bidean na h-Iolaire and thence to the summit.
Again, a very undervisited hill, giving excellent views. The hill consists of a series of rocky tops with flatter ground between, giving a much less exposed approach to the summit than others.
Our favourite approach is to start by boat at Croulin, following the East side of the burn up through Coire na Caillich. Keep your eyes open for Mountain Hares and Ptarmigan, both of which are seen regularly amongst the broken stone on the summit. Descend either by the steep but stunning Carn Dubh and down the Li path, or head South East to the bridge on the Guseran road. Descent is not possible from the northern and eastern sides below the top, as they are very steep cliffs.
An alternative, but slightly longer route from Inverie is to ascend via Folach, Mam Li and then up the the Carn Dubh to the top. Other possible routes include from Inverguseran via Allt an Drollaire