933 m. |
Translation: Possibly hill of the hawk
Pronuncation: Byn chav-aar
Warm weather, sunshine, weekend. Friday 7 May 2010 saw Frank and me driving from EDI to Crianlarich. The first day of a hill-walking holiday is always special since the long wait for Alba is finally over and we are both eager to get out of the car and into our boots. We reached Crianlarich, dropped our stuff in the Crianlarich Hotel and drove on to Inverarnan where we parked the car, packed our rucksacks for the afternoon walk and soon followed the trunk road (A82) to where the access road to Beinglas farm branches off.
After a few minutes we left the farm behind us and started the steep cimb up the tree studded hillside left of the Ben Glas Burn. The path reaches the open moor to the south of Ben Glas at 350m. In the upper glen the path follows the burn all the way through to Lochan Beinn Chabair. We were lucky that it hadn’t rained much in the days before since the terrain can probably be very boggy after prolonged periods of bad weather. From the Lochan we climbed an overgrown boulderfield and reached a grassy gully which we walked up all the way to the beallach between Meall nan Tarmachan and Beinn Chabhair. There we turned right and and followed the path on the ridge through and over some outcrops all the way to the little summit plateau of Munro No. 1 of the 2010 holiday.
The views of the Crianlarich hills were good and our legs were glad they could rest for while. The wind at the summit was not too strong so we lingered a bit. Then we said goodbye to the cairn and retreated towards Glen Falloch by the way of ascent. The grassy glen below Lochan Beinn Chabhair allowed us a relaxed walk to Beinglas farm with only the last steep 300m of the descent hurting my rather untrained legs a bit. We got back to the car after less than five hours. An easy start!
Description Beinn Chabhair is situated at the head of the Ben Glas Burn, 4½ kilometres north-east of the north end of Loch Lomond from where it is hidden behind the steep lower slopes. One does, however, get a good view of the hill from Glen Falloch near Derrydaroch where its principal feature, the long north-west ridge, is well seen rising from the glen over many humps and rocky knolls towards the summit. The most direct route to Beinn Chabhair starts from Glen Falloch just north of Inverarnan at a bridge across the River Falloch which gives access to Beinglas Farm. Climb a path behind the farm towards the waterfall on the Ben Glas Burn and continue along a path beside the burn to reach Lochan Beinn Chabhair. From there climb north-east to reach the north-west ridge of the hill and follow it to the top.