Aonach Beag

Summary for Aonach Beag

Aonach Beag is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as The Aonachs )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1234 metres / 4049 feetNN196715Ernoch BakeLittle ridge
LocationAccess
Loch Linnhe to Loch ErichtBidwells, tel: 01397 702433
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Aonach Beag is a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland. It is located about 3 km east of Ben Nevis on the north side of Glen Nevis, near the town of Fort William. Apart from Ben Nevis, Aonach Beag is the highest peak in the British Isles outwith the Cairngorm mountains of eastern Scotland.

The name Aonach Beag implies that the mountain is smaller than its close neighbour to the south, Aonach Mòr (big ridge), to which it is linked by a high bealach. However Aonach Mòr is the lower of the two hills; the names refer to the relative bulk of the two mountains rather than their altitude, which in any case would have been unknown when the hills were named.

The easiest route of ascent is to simply take the gondola lift serving the Nevis Range ski area on Aonach Mòr (a height of 650 m above sea level), and follow the ridge joining the two peaks. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis; the walker thus avoiding the paraphernalia associated with the ski development. Aonach Beag is almost invariably climbed in conjunction with Aonach Mòr.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Aonach Beag is Thirty-One

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