Beinn a' Mhuinidh Walking

Beinn a' Mhuindh may not be a high hill, but it's certainly eye-catching, its tilted layers of rock bearing striking witness to the tectonic forces that shaped the northwest Highlands. Named for the dramatic waterfall cascading down the west face, it translates as Mountain of Pissing, a name very much telling things as it sees them. A rough walk, if not a long one, Beinn a' Mhuinidh offers a stunning outlook on the Torridon hills, neighbouring Slioch, and down the length of Loch Maree, hands down the finest body of fresh water in the world.

Beinn Eighe and Meall a' Ghiubhais from Beinn a' Mhuinidh  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
Beinn Eighe and Meall a' Ghiubhais from Beinn a' Mhuinidh
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NH0375362391 Take the somewhat boggy track northwest along the base of the hill, following fence lines towards Loch Maree. Pass through a ribbon of pretty woodland beside the Kinlochewe River until just below the little hummock of Torr an Eoin.

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NH0231163842 Turning right, attack the open hillside - overgrown in summer - to a boggy hollow behind the Torr. Bear north, ascending steeply onto a sloping shelf between crag tiers, a prominent feature in distant views of the hill. A vague path leads up this ramp, into the shallow corrie above the waterfall.
Beinn a' Mhuinidh from Meall a' Ghiubhais, with the waterfall and the shelf followed in ascent clearly visible  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
Beinn a' Mhuinidh from Meall a' Ghiubhais, with the waterfall and the shelf followed in ascent clearly visible
© Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com

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NH0251564934 Pass a giant boulder, and continue north up the ramp of Coire Each, still steep but now on easier grassy ground. Before reaching the skyline above the crags of Bonaid Dhonn, veer right to outflank a rock tier, gaining the broad west ridge of the hill, and a sudden impressive view over Gleann Bianasdail to Slioch. The broad ridge leads easily to the small cairn marking the high point.

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NH0321066049 Follow the high ground southeast to a larger cairn above a small crag. Skirt right of the rocks, then descend steeply south. Pass east of a lochan in a hollow, and continue down rough ground to a larger scattering of lochans in the hummocks below Meallan Ghobhar.

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NH0322264753 Pass between the pools, then skirt east of Meallan Ghobhar, before descending roughly south. Make for the vague spur overlooking the gorge of the Allt Chnaimhean

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NH0353263640 Staying well north of the gorge, a sketchy trail - slippery when wet - descends the final slope, with a bit of bracken-bashing towards the bottom, to regain the Loch Maree path. It's a short stroll back to Incheril.

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by Dan Bailey UKH



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