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Beinn Iadain


Acharn to Beinn Iadain

Summit height 571m total height ascended approximately 635m + approximately 18.24km.

This walk starts from the car park for Rahoy Hills Wildlife Reserve just North of Claggan on the A884. Follow the track which heads North West then North with the Black Water River to the West. Initially the track runs on the valley side through a wooded area, gradually the river and track meet and a wooden bridge provides a safe crossing. The track now continues on the Western side of the river through Gleann Dubh; a broad u-shaped valley.

Beyond a walled ruin to the East of the track the path skirts around Moniadh Meadhoin and follows a tributary of the Black Water River to the North West towards Crosben. Before reaching the bridge by Crosben two tributaries join the main river Eas Ruadh flowing from the North. Follow the North West tributary that leads up and to the West of Leic Na Saighde but instead of continuing up on to the ridge follow the contours round over various small shoulders up onto a ridge by a lochan, beyond which is a drop down to Lon Beinn Iadian and Beinn Nah-Uamhu beyond. From the lochan ridge head North along the rocky outcrops towards Coire Nan Capull and then up a very steep grassy slope between the rock outcrops of the summit ridge and that shown on OS Maps at 527m. From this mini peak head West then North West onto the summit where it is easy going, a rocky crown outcrop is one of the mountains features followed by an un-named lochan at which beyond its North Western end is the trig point and substantial stone cairn. The summit is very exposed but in good weather views are spectacular.

The return route followed the same way down to Coire Nan Capull but then headed South towards the Easterly flowing main tributary following a small stream in the interim. Once across the tributary follow the more even ground around the slopes of Monadh Meadhain.

The terrain for the main part going up comprises heather, coarse grass and bog myrtle; not easy underfoot but not tussock grass. The way down by Monadh Meadhain is not a route for going up, this is tussock grass; difficult to walk through and with many hidden ditches and hollows.

Please Note these routes may not be feasible after heavy rain as unless taking long detours there are rivers and mountain streams to cross.

Observations - Walked in September:

Stags gathering hinds and beginning to roar; a number of groups in the area. Sundews inhabit some of the streamlets.


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