When it comes to mountains, size isn’t everything. Lowly Beinn Ghobhlach packs a punch in terms of prominence. Sitting alone on the peninsula separating Loch Broom from Little Loch Broom, its relative bulk and rocky summit ridge command the sort of respect usually reserved for mountains much taller. This is a pretty rough walk over largely pathless terrain that reflects Beinn Ghobhlach’s remoteness. You are unlikely to see many people up here. What you will see, provided the clouds stay high, are spectacular panoramas down the peninsula and out to sea with the Outer Hebrides beyond. The views sweep north to Coigach and Assynt, round to the Ullapool hills, and further south to An Teallach and the Great Wilderness beyond. Be prepared though; this relatively small mountain makes you earn the views.
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Distance: 7.46 miles (12 km)
Total ascent: 743m
Time: 6 – 7 hours (Walking)
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SummitsBeinn Ghobhlach 635 m
Additional InformationStart End of the road in Badrallach, NH05949185. There is space for a few cars to park, NH059918; Finish , NH058918
The coastal path on which the walk starts and finishes is very good. The rest of the walk is pathless and on rough ground over rock, tufted grass and bog. There are some steep sections of ascent and descent but no scrambling.
In periods of very wet weather the ground could get very boggy. Under snow, great care would be needed on the steep slopes around the summit in particular. A walking axe and crampons would be advised.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
No public transport to the start of the route, but Dundonnell is served by occasional buses.
The Corbetts and Other Scottish Hills (SMC Hillwalker's Guide) Edited by Rob Milne and Hamish Brown (slight variation on the route I've described).
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