Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime

Summary for Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime

Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime is a route in “The Arrochar Alps” region / range which is located in the Loch Lomond to Loch Tay area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

On this route you return by same way

Sunrise 8:34 am
Sunset 4:27 pm
7 hours 53 minutes(s) daylight
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The Two Biggest Arrochar Alps

13 km/ 8.08 miles1310 m/ 4297.9 ft6 hours +
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A nice circular walk taking in Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime which are the highest hills of the Arrochar Alps region.

The route starts from the head of Loch Long where a signposted path on the north-western side of the road leads steeply up a concrete staircase until it becomes horizontal. From here head uphill on Beinn Narnain's south western ridge avoiding crags until you reach a rocky knoll at the foot of "The Spearhead". Climb the gully of buttress to reach summit. Then descend grassy slopes onto a col between the 2 munros which gives easy access to Beinn Ime's summit.

To descend return back to the col between the hills and follow path south to source of Allt a' Bhalachain continue down to Narnain bolders then head north east until you reach the top of forest commision and old cablecar where the initial ascent was made. Descend back down to Loch Long and Arrochar.

Beinn Narnain's rocky form may not attract in quite the same way as it's smaller neighbour The Cobbler but is a majestic mountain and has rugged upper features which are well concealed as you approach from the southeast.
Beinn Narnain & Beinn Ime suffer from being overshadowed by its smaller neighbour Ben Arthur, better known as The Cobbler which the crowds come to climb. Most striking, though, is the view south west down onto The Cobbler. Seen from here you get a much clearer sense of the layout of the mountain than you do from the normal view from Arrochar.

Route points for Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN29390489249° WSW0.06 (0.06)Follow the path up through forest commision and old cablecar
NN29330487260° W0.07 (0.13)Cross the road and continue ascending up
NN28670557307° NW0.42 (0.55)Don't follow the path to the left continue straight up around creag an Fhithich
NN28020602296° WNW0.33 (0.88)Climb over Cruach nam Miseag
NN27570636302° WNW0.21 (1.09)Pass over a knoll (813m)
NN27400647294° WNW0.35 (1.44)From the foot of "The Spear Head" Head up stoney gully of buttress to reach summit to the west
NN27090664314° NW0.16 (1.6)The summit Beinn Narnain - 926 ( metres)
NN26980675288° WNW0.97 (2.57)Descend grassy slopes to reach Bealach a' Mhaim between Beinn Narnain & Beinn Ime
NN26070709344° NNW1.1 (3.67)From Bealach a' Mhaim fence head upto the summit
NN25820816305° NW0.51 (4.18)RidgeOver the rocks onto the summit & return back to Bealach a' Mhaim
NN25410847125° SE0.51 (4.69)The summit Beinn Ime - 1011 ( metres)
NN26250656136° SE1.05 (5.74)past source of Allt a' Bhalachain continue down to Narnain bolders
NN27170566131° SE0.22 (5.96)Pass Cairn, Narnain bolders & follow Allt a' Bhalachain down
NN2813050853° NE0.37 (6.33)Follow the path around to the right
NN28670557134° SE0.3 (6.63)Rejoin the path you came up on and back down via cablecar.
Munros covered on Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
118 1011 Beinn Ime Hill of butter Byn eem
259 926 Beinn Narnain Hill of the notches Byn naar-nain