Beinn Mhor Hill Walk
Beinn Mhor from Glen Massan | 741m (2431ft)
“Driving down the east shore of Loch Eck you can’t help but be impressed by the hills towering above the western shore of the loch. Beinn Mhor is the highest hill in the area, making it a great viewpoint. The approach by car up Glen Massan, and then the steady, but not difficult walk, made for a really great day out. It was wonderfully empty all the way and there was a choice of other walks to go from the summit. One thing I had not realised, you can’t see Loch Eck from the top – but there are plenty other views to enjoy.” Recommended by: Leonard Gow, Lochgoilhead Holidays.
The walk starts on the public road from where you head up a Forestry track and then a faint path. There are some steep and boggy parts towards the final climb
- Follow the single track road with passing places up Glen Massan until you reach a parking area with information board. Park the car and take walk along the road until you come to a house and barn. Pass this and take the forestry track on the right heading uphill.
- The track climbs in wide zigzags. The track runs high above the Allt Coire Mheasan which can be seen below with a spectacular waterfall. There are Walkers Welcome signs on posts to mark the way.
- The track reaches a small turning area and then narrow to a path and steepens. Follow the path, crossing a couple of small streams. Eventually the path bears left and emerges from the forest. This is the first view of Beinn Mhor over to the right. The summit is hidden.
- There are two options to reach the summit. You can follow the faint all-terrain vehicle tracks which head diagonally left keeping below the ridge and climb all the way to the summit. This route is wet underfoot but fairly straightfoward to navigate, although you need to keep a note of the point where the path emerges from the forest as this can be hard to find on the way back. There is a marker post to help. Alternatively you can head directly up to the ridge and then turn right to follow it along to the summit. This is a slightly more rugged approach but it has no difficulties and has better views.
- The summit is only viewed at the last minute and is topped with a trig point. From here there is an excellent view in all directions. Ben Lui, Ben Cruachan, the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond can all be seen from here on a clear day as well as south to The Holy Loch, Bute and Arran.
- The return route is by the same outward route, with good views of Loch Tarsan ahead for the first part.
There is no public transport to the start.
The route description and comments provided here are intended to complement and not replace the descriptions found in official guidebooks. You should equip yourself with a map, dress accordingly and have suitable footwear and a level of fitness to undertake this hill climb. There are walking guides and leaflets available from the Tourist Information Centres and you can find further information online.
If you are hill walking in winter conditions please make sure you are equipped and experienced for the route you are walking.