Walk of the week: Ben Lui/Beinn Laoigh

Length of route: 8.5 km
Starting point: Car park at NN 239 278
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map 364 Loch Lomond North
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This is a great wee walk with fantastic hills up one of the most accessible Munros in Scotland. It is also possible to extend the walk and include Beinn a’Chleibh with this route.

Beinn Laoigh, also known as Ben Lui, is the 28th highest Munro at 1130m. The meaning of Beinn Laoigh is ‘Hill of the Calf’. Start the walk at the car park at NN 239 278. There is a well-trodden path which takes you to the right along the bank of the River Lochy for 300m until you are opposite the railway bridge at Airigh nan Cioch. There is a ford marked on the map at this point, unfortunately you may get wet feet as you need to cross the River Lochy and go under the railway bridge to reach the other side. Wellies may be a good option!!

ascending beinn laoigh

After much tooing and froing we managed to cross the river, some with drier feet than others! The next 1.5km of the walk takes you through the forest. There is a very clearly defined path on this route as it is extremely muddy!! After 400m look out for the remains of a footbridge, find a safe place to cross the Eas Diamb and cross over to the right hand side of the river and follow the path for 1.1km, over a forest track and up a steeper incline until you leave the forest and go through a deer fence at Fionn Choiren.

beinn Laoigh

From here you follow the path for just over 1km as it ascends to bring you out at the saddle between Beinn a ‘Chleibh and Beinn Laoigh. It is a fairly easy ascent up to the top of Beinn Laoigh, following the path. Be careful as you reach the top as there is a very steep drop from the summit to the North East. There are great views to be had to the north (see the pictures!). We descended Beinn Laoigh using the same route we walked to get up due to the icy conditions underfoot. In better weather it is possible to descend directly west of the summit and re-join the path at Fionn Choiren as it enters the forest.

view to the north

Stop off at the Green Welly services in Tyndrum for tea and cake on the way home, you deserve it!

Photos taken by Tom Henman and Alan Delaney

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