An Caisteal & Beinn a’Chroin


An Caisteal and Beinn a’Chroin

An Caisteal is usually climbed with Beinn a’Chroin. They are accessible from a parking area on the A82 in Glen Falloch, from where a track is followed under the West Highland Railway Line, over the River Falloch, and then left behind for the grassy slopes of Sron Garbh. From this top, the ridge lies ahead in roughly a southerly direction – the ridge is called Twistin Hill – and is followed right up to the summit of An Caisteal, at 995 metres.

To continue to Beinn a’Chroin, the short south ridge of An Caisteal is descended to a col, before the short north-west ridge of Beinn a’Chroin is climbed. This is very craggy and you should be careful here, further on there is a false top before the actual summit of Beinn a’Chroin is reached, at 942 metres.

The descent back to the starting point can be taken by heading down the north ridge of Beinn a’Chroin, heading for the streams in Coire Earb, which can be followed down until the track is picked up that leads back to your starting point.

As with Stob Binnein, Beinn a’Chroin can also be climbed from Inverlochlarig on the Balquhidder side.

Safety first

These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to.  It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!

You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes.  You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies.  Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk.  A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, are a necessity.

Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has  been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast.  The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.

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