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Name:Beinn Donachain SW Top
Hill number:4038
Height:643.8m / 2112ft
Parent (Ma):272  Beinn Donachain
RHB Section:03C: Glen Etive to Glen Lochy
County/UA:Argyll and Bute (UA)
Catchment:Awe
Class:Simm, Graham Top
(Tu,Sim,GT)
Grid ref:NN 18973 31216
Summit feature:rock outcrop 1m SW of demolished cairn
Drop:34.2m
Col:609.6m  NN 1925 3141  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 50
(1:25k) OL39N 364N 377W
Observations:outcrop is just higher than mound to E of cairn
Survey:obvious summit/Leica RX1250
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 34 users)ByDate of Ascent
Round of Cruach nan Nighean, Beinn Donachain, Beinn Donachain SW Top, A'Chreag. From Dalmally Bridge following track / path on N side of River Orchy before ascending and return along ridge. Some rain but cleared later in day.RobertP27/05/2019
8 top round A, chreag, beinn donachain SW top, beinn donachain west top, beinn donachain, cruach nan nighean west top, cruach nan nighean, cromadh mor, cromadh mor NE top, from near dalmally bridge, left bike at catnish for a mostly downhill cycle back to the car at dalmally.robertphillips24/02/2019
We scrambled over the closed bridge at Catnish car park (alternative bridge to be erected I believe) to Cruach nan Nighean (constructed a wee cairn for those arriving in mist or night time), onto the West Top then down and up to Beinn Donachain (which does not live up to its Evil Mountain moniker). Finished with the West and NW, which are rather pretty adjacent Lochan Uaine on a cloudless Autumn afternoon. The hack back to the car park was direct, through long grass, bracken and bog - lovely!summitter28/10/2018
Quick and easy route from Glen Strae and up through forest along trackalda05/08/2017
From tent in Glen Strae to the west initially up track through forest then straight up to West Top. Wind blew me off my feet at the summit so struggled on to main top in cloud and rain as well as wind and abandoned plans for two further tops to the north.dickscroop21/04/2017
3 of 6: From Beinn Donachain.ChrisR03/10/2016
Turned out to be the most interesting of the Four Tops, or is just my imagination running away with me? Nearby lochan frozen, despite news that rest of GB in a heatwave.Martin R09/03/2014
Parked as others at Catnish, used bridge (easy climb locked gate) to cross river in spate.Bank of river to new deer fence, then track to first bend onto hill. Over deer fence and rising contour around first ridge, then bearing to top. Continue onto Donachain main summit, then down over three of tops on fine ridge.nordicstar29/12/2013
Beinn Donachain (NN198315) S/F NN145294 Overcast low cloud about 500m, cold but calm. Almost constant light drizzle. Soft snow from about 550m making walking very tiring. Very careful navigation required to find summit in blanket fog and snow, top at 644m, lochan, on to summit plateau, aim off to N then use aspect of steep slope to summit. Time consuming but necessary. Required experience to resist temptation to aim straight for summit when significantly behind time.John Young01/02/2011
Over locked gate, sunny spells, cold at summit, good views.iangalbraith13/04/2008
RIB Uisdean2529/09/2007
mae14/07/2019
interloper19/12/2018
Gallovidian11/08/2018
weaselmaster28/12/2016
Sick Kid28/12/2016
ARM01/02/2015
jenx29/12/2013
Gavin Theobald07/05/2013
TeasyChris08/02/2013
jimbloomer16/05/2012
richtea504027/03/2011
ajwxyzt27/03/2011
hill walker29/01/2011
Alan Whatley14/04/2010
Colin Crawford17/09/2009
IainT10/04/2009
Tricky28/12/2006
Lindsay M05/03/2006
kathyh04/02/2006
chalky195318/10/2005
Norrie Muir19/04/2002
alda13/04/2002
tsmart01/01/1950