Climbing Beinn Eighe
Climbing Beinn Eighe is a complex mountain massif in the Torridon area of the Highlands of Scotland, hence climbing Beinn Eighe is a challenging walk.
The mountain consists of two Munros and it forms a long ridge with many spurs and summits. In Scottish Gaelic Beinn Eighe means File Mountain.
The Munros are Ruadh-stac Mòr (‘Big Red Stack’) is on one of the spurs off the main ridge and stands at a height of 1,010 m (3,314 ft). The second Munro, Spidean Coire nan Clach (‘Peak of the Corrie of Stones’).
It has a cap of super hard quartzite, which gives the peaks of Beinn Eighe a distinctive light colour.
Its complex topography has made it popular with both hill walkers and climbers and the National Nature Reserve on its northern side makes it an accessible mountain for all visitors.
Beinn Eighe is Britain’s oldest National Nature Reserve. Set up in 1951 it embraces a vast area of 48 square kilometres stretching from loch-side to mountain top and is now a Biosphere Reserve (BEINN EIGHE NNR WEBSITE).
For visitors who would like to find out more about Beinn Eighe, there’s a visitor centre open from Easter to October just outside Kinlochewe.
One of the most famous features of Beinn Eighe is the corrie of Coire Mhic Fearchair, often known as the “Triple Buttress Corrie” after the three large rock features which dominate the view from the north. There are many rock climbs on the buttresses and hillwalkers can access the tops of the buttresses from the head of the corrie.
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