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Name:Beinn Donachain
Hill number:272
Height:651.4m / 2137ft
RHB Section:03C: Glen Etive to Glen Lochy
County/UA:Argyll and Bute (UA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NN 19900 31649
Summit feature:outcrop 10m E of cairn
Col:275m  NN211332  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 50
(1:25k) OL39N 364N 377E
Observations:larger cairn on overgrown wall 185m WSW at NN 19722 31598 is c1.6m lower
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 157 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)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
Solo anticlockwise traverse of Beinn Donachain from Eas Urchaidh. New forest track now reaches the edge of the trees at NN213317, which made the descent from the Nigheans nice and straightforward.amswanston05/01/2019
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
From Glen Orchy. Crossed on closed footbridge at NN232305 by clambering round the side of the obstruction. Galltywenallt26/04/2018
locked gate on bridge looked difficult so went up forest track by Eas Urchaidh. top part of forest was confusing so included some fighting with trees!IanHHill19/05/2017
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
Over locked bridge and up fenceline. Back down FC track.daviemore07/10/2016
2&5 of 6: Out from B8074 Catnish CP. Back from West Top.ChrisR03/10/2016
Didn't realise there was a locked gate at bridge at Catnish. - Too much for me to climb. Drove a couple of miles to bridge at Eas Urchaidh waterfalls and used alternative route in SMC Grahams guidebook. - Forest track going north, then west, then south to Lochan Coire nam Thoraigh. Had an awful job getting up through trees to ridge. Easier coming down as firebreak was easy to spot. Didn't visit it, but 3rd cairn in a western direction, on a definite wee hump looks higher than summit cairn. [The first one I came to from Cruach nan Nighean.]russell6110/04/2016
With Vic. Would not describe the locked bridge gate as an easy climb. It repulsed us. Went to next c/p & up through forest over the Nigheans.ngthack20/03/2016
Alone, from Eas Urchaid car park.Grinner23/01/2016
Did after Beinn Mhic-Mhonaidh. Stags roaring.duchally17/10/2015
I'm clearly not as athletic as some - didn't fancy climbing the padlocked gate. Instead went in from Eas Urchaidh, a little further but straightforward.nicolajane08/06/2015
G and Aarthurwhittaker01/11/2014
1 of 2 today from catnish as per graham route.robertphillips18/04/2014
Bridge gate padlocked so need to use the 'via ferrata' to get round the side. From there it is follow a rather boggy stalker's path to beyond the deer fences the PYO routes to the various tops. Very wet finish.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
from StronmilchanTeasyChris08/02/2013
From Glen Orchy - Eas Urchaidh car parkBLACKHILL07/04/2012
From Catnish footbridge. Warm and sunny. Sections of paths shown on map are washed out swamps. Great summit views to Ben Lui and Ben Cruachan.Topographer5722/03/2012
CK SheilaS19/09/2011
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
ran in alone.tom smith28/03/2010
Over locked gate, sunny spells, cold at summit, good views.iangalbraith13/04/2008
RIB Uisdean2529/09/2007
My 1000th Marilynpetesimpson03/08/2006
from Nighean. Over a new deer fence for final steep heathery slope to top at 14.30. Misty rain.arranc01/04/2006
Ascended by forest track from main bridge. No problem in getting out of the forest. Went on to re-ascend Beinn Mhic-Mhonaidh. Good visibility and weather.JohnW26/04/2004
interesting ascent, boggy ridge, fine summit, wet & windy (NB FB kept locked but gate climbable). glen orchy FB @ 233305, creag ghlas, heart loch RHW25/12/1998
Evening run from Glen Orchy,Eddie27/09/1994
dave g12/06/2019
Dave McG26/11/2017
Erik B26/11/2017