Beinn Each Trail runningWalking

Tucked out of sight beyond Loch Lubnaig, Beinn Each doesn't readily spring to mind when you're looking for a quick but quality hill hit within easy reach of Scotland's Central Belt. Yet that's exactly what it is. With a surprisingly craggy character, and an edge-of-the-highlands position that gives it extensive views, this wee Corbett deserves to be better loved. While it could be climbed along with nearby Munro Stuc a' Chroin, via some very rough rocky ground in between, the standard there-and-back summit dash described here is worthwhile in itself.

Glen Ample from the path up Beinn Each  © Dan Bailey -
Glen Ample from the path up Beinn Each
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NN5830513712 From the layby look for the signed footpath at a stile, beside the gates to the driveway of Ardchullarie More. Follow the walker's path up the side of the grounds, over a small burn and steeply uphill through pine woods. Cross a forest track (not marked on maps) and continue uphill to join a second track.

NN5872614140 This old drove road through Glen Ample would make a great through-route on a bike. Follow it NNE, soon passing out of the woods onto open ground above the Ardchullarie Burn. Stay with the track for a few hundred metres, until just after a tight bend at a ford.
This classic landslip terrain is worth a detour from the path  © Dan Bailey -
This classic landslip terrain is worth a detour from the path
© Dan Bailey -, Apr 2019

NN5899015057 A signpost here indicates the route up Beinn Each. Turn right off the track and follow an obvious path uphill close to a stream, soon passing a huge boulder. The path now cuts up leftwards, climbing quite steeply. As height is gained the trail makes a rising traverse across the steep slope overlooking Glen Ample, before reaching a more level shoulder. The distinctive ridges, hollows and broken crags found all the way up this ascent are evidence that this entire flank of the hill is a landslip. Heading roughly northeast, the path climbs steeply again, passing above more interesting landslip terrain (it's worth hunting for miniature pinnacles and seeking out an entire crag that seems to be in the process of detaching itself from the hillside). This isn't a huge hill, and the summit cairn comes soon enough.

NN6016315802 Beyond some very rocky and complex intervening ground, Stuc a' Chroin beckons. But if a short easy day is all you were after then the only option is to retrace your steps.

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