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Name:Beinn a' Chaolais
Hill number:1451
Height:733m / 2405ft
RHB Section:20A: Jura, Scarba and Colonsay
County/UA:Argyll and Bute (UA)
Maritime area:Islay, Jura & surrounding islands
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NR 48888 73436
Summit feature:cairn
Col:374m  NR495740  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 60 61
(1:25k) 355S
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Superb Paps hill walk. Initially with Bolton & CJM, then with CJM to Beinn Shiantaidh, Beinn an Oir & Beinn a'Chaolais. Fine weather - a superb walk over fantastic quartzite hills.ger13/09/2019
From Beinn an Oir after the steep descent and then equally steep climb to the summit. The Paps are nowhere near as difficult as I feared. Decided to head to the nearby SE Hump.bolton13/09/2019
Cycled up tracks from Feolin to SW ridge. Ascended to a broad ledge at about 500m, then turned east along the ledge to bypass a steep scree section. Higher up there is more scree, nothing really serious but still uncomfortable in the strong wind. From the SW it is either a long walk in or a bike in, but the Chaolais-Oir ridge appeared to me to include steep and compulsory scree sections which I was unwilling to risk.Topographer5710/06/2019
7.35 ferry from Islay. Followed the standard walkhighlands Paps of Jura route. 7 hours 40 minutes, plenty of time for the ferry back. Weather played ball, dry, mild, almost calm, cloud just touching the tops occasionally.Owen B20/08/2018
CK SheilaS18/05/2018
Via Corra Bheinn, Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn an Oir.Winterfloodian17/09/2017
4th hill of 7 today starting from Three arched bridge then climbing Cnuic Charrach, Bheinn Mhearsmail south top and Bheinn Mhearsmail descending to col but profiling round to South side then zigzag using heather to reach crest then eady walk to summit. Hare posed for pic on way up. Quite windy but neautiful sunshine. Descent via North ridge using scree path then boulders and bilberry/ heather to reach col with Beinn an Oir, my next hill.Dazingdale07/06/2017
From Beinn an Oir. Another long ascent but dry underfoot and scree easily avoidable. Getting fed up with wind. Cloud down to about 1500' and hail but suddenly cleared as summit reached. Got in a sheltered position to dine and drink in the views. Truly spectacular hill range. On to Beinn Mhearsamail.Wycombe Wanderer24/04/2017
Ferry from Islay. Beinn Shiantaidh, Beinn an Oir, Beinn a'Chaolais from E, starting at old bridge. Day started bright and sunny but clouded over - still some fantastic views. 8.5h, back in plenty of time for ferry back to mainland.RobertP04/04/2017
3 of 3: From Beinn an Oir. With Tim.ChrisR10/10/2016
As part of Jura Fells RaceJim T28/05/2016
Jura Fell RaceDinoF28/05/2016
Isle of Jura hill race CraigW23/05/2015
With Marcus on SIP RaceColinmac200518/05/2014
A round of the Paps plus two on a fine daydickscroop13/05/2014
With Mora, from the bridge at nr544720.BLACKHILL14/04/2014
Climbed with Walk Islay. My second Pap. Glorious views from summit.Skerryvore19/04/2013
round of beinn a chaolais, beinn shiantaidh, and beinn an oir cycled from ferry to lochan gleann astaile.robertphillips10/10/2012
Third top of four today with Cliff in stronger sunshine + even stronger wind. GR8 all round views.Dugswell214/06/2012
walked from the ferry up the horrible track they are building for a SSE dam. grassy slopes up to 500 meters. great hill to get up, horrible to get off, from the other side.tallblond13/06/2012
Marhof meet. Solo. From Three Arched Bridge on standard route to Paps of Jura. Path for most part dry but could see that in wet weather it would be rather boggy. Crossed stepping stones at outflow of Loch an t-Siob and followed narrow, well trodden path raising gradually westwards. Path petered out. Went to col between Beinn a' Chaolais and Beinn Mhèarsamail. Climbed up boulders and stones with some vegetation to summit. Descended steeply down the obvious well trodden path to the col with Beinn an Oir. Back to Three Arched Bridge more or less as outward route.pwbellarby11/06/2012
Paps of Jura Fell RaceGeoff Briggs26/05/2012
With Jo, on Scottish Islands Peaks Race. Scorchio.Colinmac200519/05/2012
Solo round with dogsalexmaclennan18/08/2011
Camping at Craighouse with Jon. Bikes on passenger ferry as transport.Grinner18/09/2010
SIPR, grim day early in the morning, freezing!tom smith17/05/2009
very satisfying day out - sea level to summit and under time pressure !!hjaltland31/10/2008
Day after Islay half marathon w. Jenx, and a dreek day. Up from nr Kilmore, via Connan river, took in Chaolais and an Oir.nordicstar05/08/2007
Ferry from Islay. Along path from Feolin for 3/4 mile to access road to Inver and Cnocbreac. Saw no-one all day. Stalkers' access road uphill for a mile then uphill over tussock and moss. Steady clamber up using heather patches through scree fields. As crest narrowed, mossy patches replaced heather and a path materialised especially the last 200' after passing a sighting cairn. Top at 13.05. Shattered quartzite all around. Mist. Hare on slow descent. To ferry point just in time to miss one. My second Pap.arranc01/05/2006
From Beinn an Oir. Descended east and over Beinn Mheasamail for Glas Bheinn.mindlessflogger01/04/2005
Climbed this from Craighouse starting about 11, with Dave Ranner, Robert Hedges and Paul Tedd. Very hot hazy day. Completed the other two big Paps on my own; back to Craighouse 20:30. dbb15/07/2003
JG, KT Uisdean2512/06/2002
Jura fellrace; Corra Bheinn, Beinn Shiantaidh, Beinn an Oir, Beinn a' Chaolais, Aonach-bheinn, Glas Bheinn, Dubh Bheinn. RHW24/05/1997
The Isle of Jura Fell Race and at least 14 times since.Eddie27/05/1995
Isle of Jura Fell Race, 16 miles, 4:01:24stever28/05/1994
Day before Islay half marathonThearlaichdubh01/07/1989
Bens of Jura Fell race Also did the fell race in May 1990petesimpson24/05/1985
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