Ascent of Beinn Bheag on 2019-05-05

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beinn Bheag
    Elevation:2028 ft / 618 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with Beinn Mhor.

Parked at Benmore Botanic Gardens. Walked up the side of Loch Eck for 6km to Bernice. Just beyond the entrance to that house beyond the forest boundary a forest track turns up Bernice Glen. This is followed to its end. From there it is a question of making a way up to the Bealach Bernice.

Climb north up steep, trackless, rough ground avoiding the crags by skirting to the west of them. I avoided point 534 to the west, climbed over Meall Breac and went on less steeply to Beinn Bheag. A small cairn marks the top. I doubt if this top is climbed that often.

Back much the same way down to the Bealach. On the descent note a track climbing the hillside opposite. This is not shown on the map but is a continuation of a track that comes up Glen Shellish. It aids the first 100m or so of the climb up Beinn Mhor and ends in an area of felled forest. Escape this to the east and follow the stream coming down from above. It is quite tough work.

Eventually more level ground is reached with the Beinn Mhor summit trig 400m ahead on the other side of a fence. This can be stepped over where the fence turns at a right angle.

As this is the highest point on the Cowal peninsular the views are great.

To return to Benmore Gardens, follow the fence line ESE and then south towards the distant Capull Cloiche. Pass by this to the east and climb Creachan Mor. The ground from Beinn Mhor to this point is likely to have been very wet. From here it improves as a ridge forms. There are quite a few ups and downs including over Creachan Beag and A' Chruach. From the latter top there are nice views along Loch Eck and down towards Dunoon.

There is then a short descent to the forest boundary below. Aim for the track that is shown as reaching the boundary to the south. The track gives a nice end to the outing as you walk amongst azaleas and other plants that have "escaped" from the Gardens.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1979 ft / 603 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1979 ft / 603 m
    Start Trailhead:49 ft / 14 m
Descent Statistics

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