Aonach Beag (Nevis region) & Aonach Mor

Summary for Aonach Beag (Nevis region) & Aonach Mor

Aonach Beag (Nevis region) & Aonach Mor is a route in “The Aonachs” region / range which is located in the Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht 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 4:34 am
Sunset 10:10 pm
17 hours 36 minutes(s) daylight
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The Aonachs from Glen nevis

DistanceAscentTime
16 km/ 9.94 miles1330 m/ 4363.52 ft7 hours plus
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Good traverse the two hills Aonach Beag & Aonach Mor generally referred to as The Aonachs. This is a moderate route starting from Glen Nevis on the south through the gorge and then steep ascent, decent over boggy ground up onto a stony ridge between the hills. This route also takes in 2 tops on the eastern section of the ridge.

The top Sgurr a'Bhuic on the eastern end of the ridge has good views on a clear day across to the The Grey Corries on the east and The Mamores to the south. The peak Aonach Mor as good views on the west over to Ben Nevis & Carn mor Dearg.

Route points for Aonach Beag (Nevis region) & Aonach Mor

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN1672691573° ENE0.24 (0.24)Start from the path in Glen Nevis following the route for the popular walk
NN17216929148° SSE0.66 (0.9)Continue following the path round
NN1774685384° E0.38 (1.28)Opens out into glen and views of the glen
NN1865688227° NNE0.59 (1.87)At Steall ruin leave the main path, on a faint path which eventually vanishes
NN1918697357° ENE0.48 (2.35)Ascend the south west ridge of Sgurr a' Bhuic
NN1978701291° E0.32 (2.67)Ascend onto summit of Sgurr a' Bhuic, then continue along ridge north east
NN204701343° NNW0.23 (2.9)Aonach Beag - Sgurr a'Bhuic
NN20547085286° WNW0.31 (3.21)Along ridge onto Stob Choire Bhealach
NN202709255° WSW0.3 (3.51)Aonach Beag - Stob Choire Bhealach
NN19957088352° N0.12 (3.63)Continue along stony ground above An Aghaidh Gharbh on the east
NN19707131344° NNW0.24 (3.87)Ascend onto Aonach Beag which is biggest peak of the day
NN196715304° NW0.43 (4.3)The summit Aonach Beag - 1234 ( metres)
NN19307181351° N0.1 (4.4)
NN19297191344° NNW0.17 (4.57)Ascend Aonach Mor's wide southern ridge
NN192729186° S0.29 (4.86)The summit Aonach Mor - 1221 ( metres)
NN19207266193° SSW0.35 (5.21)Descend Aonach Mor's southern ridge to belach. Keeping near to western cliffs
NN19007219270° W0.39 (5.6)Head down steep spur. This may be difficult to find in bad visibility
NN18617220164° SSE0.22 (5.82)From belach between Carn Mor Dearg and the Aonach's follow watershed of Allt Coire Giubhaschan
NN18467111199° SSW0.52 (6.34)
NN18267062169° S0.76 (7.1)Descend steeply on Allt Coire Giubhaschan eastern side
NN18366987162° SSE1.09 (8.19)Rejoin approach path near the Steall ruin and head back up Glen Nevis
Munros covered on Aonach Beag (Nevis region) & Aonach Mor
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
7 1234 Aonach Beag Little ridge Ernoch Bake
8 1221 Aonach Mor Big ridge Ernoch More