Bidean nam Bian

Summary for Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bian is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area Strath Orchy to Loch Leven as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as Glen Coe )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1150 metres / 3773 feetNN143542Beed-yan nam Ee-yannPinnacle of the hills
LocationAccess
Strath Orchy to Loch LevenNational Trust for Scotland: (Glen Coe) tel: 01855 811729
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Details for Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bian, lying to the south of Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland, is the highest point in the historic county of Argyllshire. It is a complex mountain, with many ridges and subsidiary peaks, one of which, Stob Coire Sgreamhach, is classified as a separate Munro.

The most noticeable features of Bidean nam Bian are the famous Three Sisters of Glen Coe, three peaks (in reality simply the steep ends of ridges) that face north into the Glen. Two of the sisters, Gearr Aonach (Short Ridge) and Aonach Dubh (Black Ridge) converge at Stob Coire nan Lochan, a 1115 m subsidiary peak of Bidean nam Bian that lies about 1 km to the northeast of the actual summit. The final, most easterly sister, Beinn Fhada, joins the Bidean nam Bian massif at the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach.

Beinn Fhada is separated from Gearr Aonach by a glen known as Coire Gabhail. This translates to Glen of Capture, however the glen is more normally known as the Hidden or Lost Valley. Either name may be considered appropriate since it is believed that in former times the valley was used by members of Clan Macdonald to hide stolen cattle. The glen is ideal for this purpose since it is blocked by a glacial landslip, and from Glen Coe appears as a narrow gorge. In fact, once past the landslip the floor of the glen is wide and flat – ideal for cattle. The path from Glen Coe through the gorge into Coire Gabhail is a popular short walk (around 4 km in total), though it is rough in places.

Bidean nam Bian may be ascended without much difficulty from various points within reach of the Clachaig Inn (Glencoe) but the usual approach is by An t'Sron when the ridge can be followed over Stob Coire nam Beith onto the summit.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Bidean nam Bian is Fifty-Four

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