Hill: Beinn Mheadhoin
Date: Friday 4th March 2016
Company: Just myself
Distance: 11.4km, Ascent: 665m
Time: 3Hrs 55Mins

I travelled down to Fort William yesterday afternoon, so only a short journey was required today to reach Movern for an ascent of Beinn Mheadhoin. This morning, I took the Corran ferry across Loch Linnhe. Every time I use this service, the price seems to go up. £8 each way is a bit of a rip-off for a five-minute crossing?

On reaching Morvern, I parked in a lay-by circa 15 metres from the start of the track leading to Be-ach. This is approximately 10 miles from Lochaline.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Once suited and booted, and after taking a couple of painkillers for a current injury, I set off along the track towards Be-ach.

Beinn Mheadhoin from the track leading to Be-ach:

On reaching Be-ach, I went through a gate and then across an area of long tussocks before following the fenceline up the hill.

Looking back to Be-ach:

I was pleased to find a faint path heading up the hill .

Following the fenceline towards Beinn Mheadhoin:

The snowline today was sitting around 350m.

Above the snowline:

Looking back towards Be-ach:

Once above the snowline, I followed a burn up the hill before then taking a more direct line towards the summit.

Easy going up soft snow:

This hill is a great viewpoint for Mull which is only circa 10-12 miles away.

Starting to get nice views towards Mull:

Despite the weather looking pretty-good in the photos, it was windy and bitterly cold. I had on my thick fleece, down gilet and gloves.

Nice to walk in snow with blue skies above:

Looking towards the West top of Beinn Mheadhoin:

As I gained more height, the soft snow was exchanged for crisp neve. Perfect walking conditions.

Ascending Beinn Mheadhoin:

Lovely views towards Mull:

Not far from the West top of Beinn Mheadhoin:

However, the best was yet to come. I didn't realise that Beinn Mheadhoin was such an outstanding viewpoint. On approaching the West top, I began to get outstanding views in almost every direction.

Beinn Mheadhoin is definitely one of the top ten Grahams simply because of its excellent views.

Great views:

Loch Linnhe and Lismore:

Summit of Beinn Mheadhoin coming into view:

Looking towards the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin from the West top:

I stopped to take a number of photos at the West top before continuing on to the summit.

Loch Linnhe from the West top:

View from the West top:

The ground between the West top and the summit had lots of rock hard ice. I could have put on crampons but it was hardly worth it for only circa five minutes walking.

Approaching the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin:

I really loved the views from the summit. This is a hill I would definitely come back to do again.

Looking North from the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin:

View from the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin:

Looking South from the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin:

Trig point and large cairn:

Looking West from the summit of Beinn Mheadhoin:

Lovely views from the summit:

There were however dark clouds to the North and North-West.

Eigg and Rum (zoom):

After spending around ten to fifteen minutes at the summit, I returned via exactly the same route following my footprints in the snow.

Mull (zoom):

Back at the West top:

Once below the snowline, I made my way back towards the corner of the fence which I followed back to Be-ach. The weather forecast for today had advised of the weather improving in the afternoon. The skies were however darkening and it started raining thankfully five minutes after I got back to the car.

Beinn Mheadhoin surpassed all my expectations. A wonderful hill.