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Name:Bidean Bad na h-Iolaire [Bidein Bad na h-Iolaire]
Hill number:342
Height:528m / 1732ft
RHB Section:04A: Fort William to Loch Treig and Loch Leven
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Linnhe, Catchment Boundaries, Nevis
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Highland Five, Yeaman
Grid ref:NN 11492 70797
Summit feature:cairn
Col:265m  NN124704  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 41
(1:25k) 392
Observations:note free-standing boulder 35m ENE at NN 11525 70805 is 20cm higher
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 144 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With Kilted Biggles, Chantell, Dean and JP.kojak23/11/2019
Parked at the small parking area by the unused green building in Blarmachfoldach. We went over the gate almost opposite and and followed the fence uphill. Another gate leads on to the open hill, where an atv track and path leads to the summit. A fantastic viewpoint. Returned the same way. With JT.Sprog26/08/2019
Parked at green house as mentioned by bolton, then easily up ridge.Susan Bidwell13/05/2019
13:00, warm sunshine after a wet morning, from path to Cow Hill. As soon as off the track, feels like remote hill country. Will be lovely when self-seeded spruce grow up. Rough walking over multiple false summits, inevitably fine view, snowing at summit, then rain lower down, then sun again - classic April weather. Nearly walked over a small crag. On to Cow Hill.Wycombe Wanderer02/04/2019
From 097691. With Chris W. Straightforward to reach the open hillside through gates. Too windy to go higher. Cloud base around 500-550m. Surprisingly fun walk given the grotty conditions and limited views.Owen B20/02/2019
Parked at the viewpoint to the West & used the Cow Hill circuit path to gain the Northern flank of the hill before traversing it & dropping back onto the road to the Southwest & back to viewpoint. On own.MorecambeMonkey25/11/2018
From a small area to park close to an unused green dilapidated dwelling at 097692. Through 2 gates and a good track to the summit up the SW ridge. Easy walking. Solo of 90 minutes.bolton27/09/2018
From old road loop 096074, track opposite, then sheep trods between bracken. Hot, sunny, slight breeze at last, great views.iangalbraith05/07/2018
From Blarmachfoldachraffemeister17/06/2018
2 of 3: From Druim na h-Earba.ChrisR09/10/2017
On way to Alison's Final Corbett.tallscottishguy01/09/2017
From north end of Blarmachfoldach, short track then two gates to open hillside. It is worth choosing a day with at most high cloud to appreciate the awesome views of Ben Nevis, was someone up there on the summit flying a kite?Topographer5704/05/2017
from cattle grid, up path to cow hill then cross country through tussocks and deep snow, missed any obvious path.cjo14/01/2017
From Just north of Blarmachfoldach. Dry easy track through a couple of fields up the south west defined ridge and good path. Fine view point on summit over to the Ben and Mamores.N.Morters11/04/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac18/03/2016
Beautiful late afternoon walk in perfect sunshine. Dazzled.jenx15/03/2016
Repeat with Jenx. Parked in same place as Feb 2015 - see entry in Hill Bagging. This time from field gate went right and found excellent grass vehicle track leading all way up ridge to 450m. Easiest walking ever! In return used track all way to road 200m SE from where parked. Not obvious down at that level where it goes but its in the pasture just past the green house!nordicstar15/03/2016
Alone. Great view to BN.tallblond26/10/2015
From the bridge on the road to the west of the hill. Went straight up and then over a few false summits to the top which is a fine view point. Harder than we expected.mindlessflogger23/05/2015
Parked about 095699 (18:15) and climbed steeply to ridge in drizzle, then dry easy walk along pleasant grassy ridge to summit (19:05) with great views of glen, town and loch and misty ones of Mamores. Ben in cloud. Finish 19:40dbb12/05/2015
Circuit from Glen Nevis Campsite. (Write up at
A magnificent ridge walk from the south west over many false summits to a great summit cairn view point. Will do this again. Bravo...Play2End27/03/2015
parked at cattle grid up onto ridge, then to the top windy.robertphillips15/02/2015
From before the now gone phone box on Lundavra road at NN09586961, big passing place that local farmer said was ok to park in if tucked into the end. To top of enclosure and field gate. Hacked straight up hill on pasture/heathery ground and over the numerous knolls. Reached main ridge in fading light. On over old snows to top most cairn. Fort William streetlights bright. Ben shrouded in mist and gloom. Fading light over Linhe guided me down to car. 60 minute return.nordicstar13/02/2015
Solo run on a very windy day, from near Blarmachfoldach.amswanston05/10/2014
2nd Scottish Marilyn accompanied by wife and friends David, Wendy & Joss. Approached from Lundavra road but complicated by fact that phone box at Blarmachfoldach has been removed. Many false summits and unnecessary mounds climbed and difficult descent down to path between Glen Nevis and Fort William. Lack of marked paths on OS Explorer maps makes Scottish peak bagging slightly different than it's English cousin. <BR> <a href="" target="_blank" >Route details walked</a> <BR> Including statistics, map, photographs and walk description.SteveSmith22/11/2012
With Mora, from minor road south of Fort William.BLACKHILL28/10/2012
solo 9.50 am Caught my lime green new lightweight waterproof on barbed wire as I jumped over a fence back to the car. grrrrrr.vegibagger26/08/2012
From the second cattle grid on the Lundavara road an easy walk with a variety of potential routes.Martin R05/02/2012
Solo Uisdean2518/08/2010
eagle crag race.tom smith28/06/2009
Ascended from high point on minor road out of Fort William.JohnW24/04/2007
One of the Marilyns I can walk up from Home. SW ridge far preferable to coming from the N (unless you like false summits!)AndrewFinnimore02/06/2006
Up and down from WHW.Eddie06/02/2005
Parked on the road just before Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. Walked on the West Highland Way to just before Dun Deardail Fort. At a style turned west by a fence and ascended a very steep slope. From there on it was an easier ascent to the top.garyhoney26/07/2004
Layby on narrow lane. Through 1 gate and over another steeply up over rough sheep grass to visible horizon and to rock outcrop on crest. A further mile with 2 downs as well as ups on narrowing grassy crests. Faint path appeared and to top at 13.20. Magical views of Glen Nevis and the tourist path zig zags on the Ben. at eye level.arranc07/07/2002
I parked near Blarmachfoldach on the Fort William to Lundavra road. I walked up the SW ridge of Bidean Bad na h-Iolaire to the summit. I returned the same way. Date may not be precisely correct.pwbellarby25/08/2000
Walked up from Fort William via Cow Hill. yorkie30/05/2000
Climbed while on a family holiday at fort William.Man of Kernow124/10/1999
fine summit ridge, good glen nevis view. tk/road jct 097704, glengour RHW20/08/1999
Raining, windy, nasty. No good for winter climbing yet again. Safeways shopping at FW then with Alan Armstrong 2 hour run up and down this nearby marilyn for some bagging exercise. Sunshine and snow showers. Steep descent down through forestryChris Pearson28/02/1999
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