Beinn Fhionnlaidh and the Hidden Valley

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Walk the path less traveled and discover the secrets of this fine Peak

  • 40 British pounds

About this event

Beinn Fhionnlaidh has to be one of the most underrated Munros in the whole of the Highlands. It really is a fantastic Munro and offers some of the best views of the nearby peaks of Glencoe and Glen Etive. The most common ascent of Beinn Fhionnlaidh follows a long trudge up the undulating west ridge. Another popular approach is from Glen Etive, to the east, where a very wet and soggy path leaves much to be desired. The problem with either of these approaches is that you completely miss out on seeing the peak's crowning feature, The Hidden Valley. Our off-the-beaten-track approach follows the Allt Bealach na h-Innsig to the south, and rises gently through a shallow gorge before emerging into the 'Hidden Valley'. The setting is idyllic and, whilst not quite on the same scale as the Hidden Valley (Coire Gabhail) in Glencoe, the steep mountain sides hem in the alluvial flats like a vast amphitheatre. In summer the flats are turned into a meadow of brightly coloured alpine flowers. Often large parcel of deer seek refuge here and the song of the Meadow Pipits and the gentle trickling of the flowing burns are the only sounds to break the silence. Beyond the flats, the valley rises again in tiers revealing a picturesque hidden lochan nestled precariously on a shoulder; a great spot to fill up water bottles and soak up the atmosphere. Leaving the confines of the glen, we start to gain a little more height, gently at first following the line of a burn, before heading more directly and steeply towards the bealach at the foot of the east ridge. With all the peaks of Glencoe now revealed in full view, the continuing walk along the snaking east ridge all the way to the summit trig point is delightful. Just make sure to bring your camera! Walk Stats Distance - 16km / 10 miles Ascent - 950metres Time - 6-7 hours Online booking for this event is available on the following dates: Sat 2nd April 22 Fri 28th Oct 22 For more information about our route and the terrain, the level of difficulty, the amount of experience required and level of fitness, please follow the 'Useful Info' link on the Menu bar at the top of the site homepage. Here you will also find the 'Kit List' link providing recommendations on essential kit you will need to bring with you.

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