An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin

Summary for An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin

An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin is a route in “The Crianlarich” region / range which is located in the Loch Lomond to Loch Tay area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 7:28 am
Sunset 5:35 pm
10 hours 6 minutes(s) daylight
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Two Western Crainlarich Hills

14 km/ 8.7 miles1030 m/ 3379.27 ft6 hours +
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This route traverses 2 of well known which stand together above the headwaters of the River Falloch 6km south of Crainlarich. This is one of the most interesting routes in the area and starts from the lay-by on the A82 just leaving Crainlarich where there's a style leading across a boggy field which then leads under the railway onto a track leading over a bridge. Continue along this track for about 1km where a cairn marks the start of a path which leads steeply up Sròn Gharbh south slopes and once reached the very obvious path leads up “Twistin Hill” onto the summit of An Caisteal. From here descend onto “Bealach Buidhe” and then follow a cleverly weaving path up the craggy western face which avoids difficulties and eventually leads on to the western end of the summit ridge with some simple scambling half way up. Head along the 1km ridge taking in the eastern top in-case they change it.

To descend head along the south ridge from the eastern top (940m) where an obvious path leads down quite pleasantly over grassy slopes down into Coire Earb. From here head over very boggy ground for most of the way back until you reach the start of the track which you started from which can be followed back to the A82.

Good views on this route on a clear day are :-

Route points for An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN3671237986° E0.2 (0.2)Leave the A82 road in Glen Falloch following track under the railway
NN36912379148° SSE0.49 (0.69)Cross bridge over the River Falloch just west of sharp 90 degree bend in the river
NN37152336133° SE0.66 (1.35)Follow the River Falloch until you reach the corner of the trees on the eastern side
NN37612289192° SSW0.47 (1.82)Start to climb directly onto Sron Gharbh. It's quite wet at the bottom and steep at the top. Once at the top thats the most of the slog done
NN37502091179° S0.39 (2.21)From Sron Gharbh (709 metres) .Follow a path along northern ridge onto "Twistin Hill"
NN37492052168° SSE0.66 (2.87)Knoll From “Twistin Hill” continue onto An Caisteal Summit cairn then continue down on the southern ridge
NN37791933171° S0.46 (3.33)The summit An Caisteal - 995 ( metres)
NN38031854114° ESE0.32 (3.65)From the col follow path upto Beinn a'Chroin. This takes in some steep crags on Beinn a'Chroin western face with no real difficulty
NN3841184960° ENE0.2 (3.85)Beinn a'Chroin - West Top
NN39091865104° ESE0.23 (4.08)From col climb up to the real summit point then descend down the northern ridge
NN39311859350° N0.89 (4.97)The summit Beinn a'Chroin - 940 ( metres)
NN39242007320° NW0.36 (5.33)Descend steeply through crags
NN38822049335° NNW0.63 (5.96)Decsend into Coire Earb down to path by the River Falloch
NN38122219321° NW0.86 (6.82)Continue back along the path to th A82
NN36712379174° S0 (6.82)
Munros covered on An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
147 995 An Caisteal The castle An Casteel
233 940 Beinn a'Chroin Hill of the sheep fold Byn a Kroin