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Beinn Mhanach

Beinn Mhanach (Gaelic: 'Monk's hill')[1] is a mountain situated on the northern side of Loch Lyon and eight kilometres east of Bridge of Orchy, in the west highlands of Scotland.



From both the West Highland Line and the A82 road between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy the two rounded summits of Beinn Mhanach can be seen clearly 8km away due north-east up the Auch Gleann.[1]


Beinn Mhanach has two summits, the higher of which is 953 metres (3,127 ft). On the southern side the slopes are grassy but the more remote northern side is craggier.[1]


Beinn Mhanach derived its name from a monastery that once lay at its foot, and which was used by clan MacGregor when travelling between Glen Lyon and their burial ground in Glen Orchy.[2] No trace of the monastery remains today. The poet Duncan Ban MacIntyre, whose most well-known poem "Moladh Beinn D bhrain" celebrated nearby Beinn Dorain, lived for a number of years in a cottage, now a ruin and used as a sheep fank,[3] at Ais-an-t-Sidhean at the head of Auch Gleann.[1]


There are two popular routes for Beinn Mhanach. One is from near Auch, with parking on the A82 near the private road, up Auch Gleann and past Ais-an-t-Sidhean. To reach the summit dome of the mountain the slopes to the north-east of Beinn a'Chuirn are traversed. The other route starts from Achallader farm at grid reference . This route is often taken when the nearby Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a' Chreachain are climbed.[1]


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