Walk up Glas Bheinn

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Route Summary:

An out-and-return to the summit of Glas Bheinn, one of Assynt’s several Corbetts

This walk includes the Corbett of Glas Bheinn

Distance
Ascent
Time
6.32 km 552 m 2-3 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Parking area on the A894 at grid reference NC233274

Facilities:

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.

Hazards:

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.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport:

There is no train service in the region and buses are few and far between. Check with https://www.travelinescotland.com .

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Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): n/a

There is parking space for 2-3 cars at the start of the walk

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Walk up Glas Bheinn Details

At 776m Glas Bheinn achieves Corbett status and proudly faces its better known neighbour Quinag to the west.

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.

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Parking area and start/finish of the walk

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.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
From the cairn take the path to the base of the grassy gulley

Climb the steep slope to reach the cairn on the broad spur and turn half right following the small cairns over broken rocks.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
A good spot for a rest after the steep ascent

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.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
Continue over several gentle rises along the corrie rim

The path passes close to the rim of Choire Dheirg and gives superb views of the headwall of the corrie and its loch.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
Choire Dheirg 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.

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Glas Bheinn summit with Suilven to the right

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.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
Ben More Assynt (left) and Conival (right)

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.

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The Quinag massif

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.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
The grassy gulley leading down to the approach path and the A894 beyond

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.

Walk up Glas Bheinn
The Weeping Widow

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