Beinn Chabhair Walk
The challenging hillwalk to the summit of Beinn Chabhair (933 m) is renowned for its spectacular views down over Loch Long and pleasant summit ridge composed of rocky humps and grassy knolls. The Beinglass Falls grace the route, adding a dose of extraordinary scenery beyond the surrounding hills. This is a great walk for those looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for a half-day or so and the option to camp at the Beinglas Farm Campsite affords you the option to make this a combined hillwalking and camping adventure.
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Route Description for Beinn Chabhair Walk
From Invernarnan, walk along the paved A82 until you reach the turning for the Beinglas Farm Campsite. After crossing a bridge, turn right to enter a field that allows you to bypass walking through the campsite (this is discouraged). Join the path that leads around the field, joining a riverside stretch before taking a left to trace the stream and pass through a gate that brings you to the edge of the Beinglas Farm Campsite. Make your way past the West Highland Way signage, then cross a stile that leads over a stone wall. Take the pebbled path uphill, climbing through bracken to reach another stile before continuing the trail up towards Beinglas Falls, which you’ll likely hear falling in the distance.
Enjoy the symphony of the falls, then cross a deer fence found on a tile to continue the upstream path alongside the Ben Glas Burn. You’ll maintain the track on the north side of the burn, as the path soon opens to moorland. As you continue to climb gradually, the rugged ridge to Beinn Chabhair will appear on the left. Spot the ascent route, which appears from a distance as a linear green path, splicing boggy ground. Take the undefined path that heads north to reach a point on the wide ridge to the west of Meall nan Tarmachan. Enjoy the spectacular views over your shoulder as you continue to climb.
The next section that unfolds along the ridge is an exciting one, as you meander this pleasant stretch, revelling in the views that open northwest to An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chròin. Press on to reach the summit at 933 m, where you’ll be met by expansive views down over Loch Long and across the Trossachs to the east.
To descend, return via the same outward path, backtracking along the same path of the ridge until you reach the bealach after Meall nan Tarmachan. Continue the path of descent back down past the Beinglas Falls and around the Beinglas Farm Campsite to return to your start point on the A82 in Inverarnan.
For an alternative route of descent, continue along the ridge, noting that it does become more rugged and less defined. Pass Lochan a Caisteil and descend due west, soon reaching a track where you’ll turn left and continue a short while before rejoining the original path found next to the Bein Glas Burn, from where you’ll retrace your steps from the first section of the walk back to Inverarnan. This alternative descent route boasts incredible views, but navigation can be tricky, especially when the weather is poor.
Insider Hints for Beinn Chabhair Walk
- If you don’t have your own transport, you can take a citylink bus, which stops at the Drovers Inn in Inverarnan.
- This walk is best enjoyed during the summer months, especially on clear days when the views are spectacular. If completing this route in the winter, be sure to bring an ice axe and crampons for the climb.
- The Beinglas Farm offers a wide range of accommodations and a great bar and restaurant, perfect for tacking on a night two’s stay after the walk. You can camp here or enjoy an indoor overnight stay in one of the rustic cabins.
Getting to the Beinn Chabhair Walk Trailhead
To get to the Beinn Chabhair Walk from the center of Arrochar, take the A83 south for 2.6 km, then turn left onto the A82. Continue on the A82 for 16.1 km to reach Inverarnan. Park somewhere off of the A82 in Inverarnan to begin the walk.
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