Walk up Glas Bheinn
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An out-and-return to the summit of Glas Bheinn, one of Assynt’s several Corbetts
Route Start Location: Parking area on the A894 at grid reference NC233274
|6.32 km||552 m||2-3 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Activivity Type: Hard Walk
Summits and Places on this Route
The nearest public toilets and refreshments are at Kylesku but they are closed November to February. Lochinver (approximately 20 kms away) has shops, cafes, toilets and a fuel station.
The initial ascent is steep and runs over grass and loose rock. Care is required on the descent in particular, especially in wet or icy conditions.
Parking : n/a
There is parking space for 2-3 cars at the start of the walk
There is no train service in the region and buses are few and far between. Check with https://www.travelinescotland.com .
Walk up Glas Bheinn
There are two routes up Glas Bheinn. The first is a long and arduous slog from Inchnadamph at the head of Loch Assynt. The second is this one; a short and steep initial ascent followed by a more gentle approach to the summit along the rim of Choire Dheirg.
Walk up Glas Bheinn Route Description
From the parking area take the rough path signposted ‘Public Path To Glen Oykel’. After approximately 150m turn right on the path which now runs parallel to the west face of Glas Bheinn.
In a further 560m reach a cairn on the left and take the faint path. Head south-east aiming for the grassy gulley which rises between two rock ribs.
Climb the steep slope to reach the cairn on the broad spur and turn half right following the small cairns over broken rocks.
The gradient eases as a rocky plateau is reached. Walk to the cluster of pink quartzite boulders where a rest can be taken while enjoying the views of the Quinag massif to the west.
Continue in a south easterly direction over gently rising but broken ground and pick up the path which ascends and falls over several small rises.
The path passes close to the rim of Choire Dheirg and gives superb views of the headwall of the corrie and its loch.
Walk to the second of two cairns on the corrie rim and then strike south-east and make a straight line over relatively easy ground to the summit of Glas Bheinn with its large cairn and shelter.
In good weather the views in all directions are superb. To the south-east the quartz-covered Munros of Ben More Assynt and Conival dominate the skyline.
Around to the south-west Canisp and Suilven are prominent and lead the eye further west to the coast and then round to the impressive bulk of Quinag with its three Corbetts.
To the north-west Arkle, Foinaven and Ben Hope rise above the numerous lochs and lochans which characterize the landscape of Sutherland.
For the descent a more direct route can be taken to cut the corner back to the path on the corrie rim. Reverse the outgoing route but take care descending the gulley.
Once back at the start and if time allows, make the short journey north on the A894 and visit The Weeping Widow waterfall. After two sharp bends the road descends to a left hand bend. Park off the road to the right and walk the 200m up the narrow gorge to the base of the waterfall.