Name:Beinn Mhor
Hill number:1471
Height:202m / 663ft
SMC/RHB Section:20B: Islay
County/UA:Argyll and Bute
Island:Islay
Topographical area:IJ02 Islay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,Y)
Grid ref:NR 29481 40455
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:177m
Col:25m  NR347477  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 60
(1:25k) 352
Observations:rock outcrop 50m ENE at NR 29501 40502 is as high
Survey:Abney level
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4th hill of 6 after Maol Bheag. Jon Glew headed towards Dun Athad while i took a direct line to this one across to Cnoc Carrach where the land rises to the top. I visited Trig and the outcrops before heading over to Dun Athad where i could see Jon Glew had just summited.Dazingdale10/05/2024
Here for the trigpoint. TP:UK log: With coinea and Clochandighter. Approached from northwest after bagging the neighbouring pillar at Mull of Oa. From Upper Kileyan Farm, the route closely follows the 90m contour line southeast negotiating the boggy area. After crossing Struthan Rabhairt the route starts to climb and follows a near beeline route to the summit.thejackrustles10/05/2022
Combined with a walk to the American monument; managed a break in the weather and had great views. 8km round tripRockdoctor04/05/2022
From car park for American Monument. Through Upper Killeyan farm. Followed path left for a short way, then left this on the right and aimed direct for summit. Initially on cattle pasture, then short heather with some paths through it. KeithByTheC26/04/2022
Parked at RSPB car park. Walked out to monument, then followed trail arrows around coast path to a gate near the farm. Kept right and headed direct for a reasonably high crossing of the valley. Through a gate, followed trails to another gate over which there is a path to Beinn Mhor sign. Followed this path which was pretty good most of the way up through the heather but then near the top didn't go to the top of the hill. A bit of Heather bashing to the summit. Then off across the top towards the coast east as far as Port Arab's. Then up to join the track to Ballychatrigan, then past Lower Collabus and Collabus, past The Shop In The Box road junction and back along the road to the car park. 10.3 miles 4hrs walking time.JulieB24/04/2022
With Dave and Tony in mist and high winds though the rain did keep off mostly while we were out.Alex C04/04/2022
From RSPB car park with Dangerous Dave & Alex C. Very windy on the summit!Tony J04/04/2022
With Alex C & Tony J. Very windy on the summit. Visited alternative summit outcrop first.Dangerous Dave04/04/2022
An easy walk from the RSPB car park. Track to Upper Killeyan, through gate and grassy field down to disgusting bog. Along fence, best go through the gate rather than hop the BWF further down (ha, ha), then circle around and cross the top of Sruthan Rabhairt on good path, then to gate. Various paths up the hill, best one is near the cliff edge. A quick and easy walk.Gill03/04/2022
RH Soc Islay meet.thekirkie pirate03/04/2022
With Dave Roeder. From RSPB car park (10:15) visited the monument (to WW1 shipwrecked US seamen) and then followed the track along the cliff top, eventually peeling off down to make a boggy crossing of the stream. Followed faint paths above the beach and more or less directly up the hill. Very windy on top. Found a rather better path back, keeping closer to the cliff top. Finished 12:35.dbb03/04/2022
From memorial car park, with Bolton & CJM. Beinn Mhor then Mull of OA. Some fantastic cliffs & coastal scenery.ger03/04/2022
From Mull of Oa.chrisbien03/04/2022
RSPB car park and Upper Killeyan where intermittent tracks take you to the summit. Went over to the alternative. With CM and Ger. Headed to the monument.bolton03/04/2022
From RSPB car park, easy pleasant walk along dramatic cliffs after morning ferry. Ireland north coast in clear view.N.Morters30/03/2022
From the RSPB car park. Saw a Golden Eagle on the way up!paulhilder14/08/2021
RSPB car park to Upper Killeyan then through gate opposite house and along fence line to Struthan Rabhairt. Once crossed another gate allows access onto the headland, where deer/goat/human tracks enable a straightforward walk to Dun Athad and then on to Beinn Mhor. The best track sticks to the seaward side of the hill, just above the cliff line.summitter12/05/2021
Straight line from car park. Ground mostly OK. Impressive coastline. It is not necessary to drop below 50 metres.Topographer5709/06/2019
From the car park at the RSPB reserve. There are lots of new fences so we had to drop down to the bay at see level to pass through gates. Fine coastal scenery but there weren't many birds to see. Returned via the monument to the three WW1 ships that went down.mindlessflogger25/04/2019
Very strong wind, very coldpetesimpson03/04/2019
Quite a good morning to walk from the RSPB car park to the American Monument but heavy drizzle on a strong wind came in on the walk to the Marilyn.NormanW27/08/2018
Parked at the RSPB car park. Fairly confident I recognised a well known TV scientist next to me in the car park, obviously on a private visit, but too shy/polite/unsure to ask for a selfie. A surprisingly annoying hill from a walking perspective, I stayed as high as I could on the ascent and came at the summit from the north, but found the heather and bracken a nuisance. Took a more direct route back and found some faint paths, but then fiddled about getting across the stream. Beautiful views though, lovely summer late afternoon.Owen B25/08/2018
Debs & Talisker from RSPB car park. Along the coast using a couple of gates, mostly on sheep / goat trods.Mountain Goat18/06/2018
Parked in RSPB car park and walked up to American Monument before walking east along coast to reach hill. Forced to use GPS/compass to find trig due to mist. No chance of seeing eagles!wozzat07/05/2018
Great little hill, and the best bit of coastline on Islay and Jura. Saw Hen Harrier, Sea Eagle, adder, seals and lots of feral goats.PGCE27/04/2018
Solo trip. Northern Ireland coast clearly in view.Invicta1423/04/2018
From the RSPB car park.Chris Peart03/04/2018
Repeat visit on a blustery day, with Chris PeartColin Crawford03/04/2018
From car park via Mull of Oa and cliff paths. Superb coastal scenery and Choughs.Winterfloodian21/09/2017
S/F carpark. Took a more or less direct line to the summit, but only because I was short of time. If doing this, take care to avoid boggy section when crossing burn. If time permits, clifftop route from monument preferable for scenery and easier ground with path coming and going.AndrewFinnimore07/08/2017
From RSPB car park. Took trail past farm before following coast to summit. Golden Eagle over just before trig.garyhoney28/07/2017
With George. During Chough survey.iangpark04/07/2017
Round trip from car park: Beinn Mhor then along to Mull of Oa. Impressive cliffs.RobertP02/04/2017
Round trip from car park on sunny day via Mull of Oa(and Monument)and Beinn Mhor. Wonderful scenery but limited paths.With Robertcatman22/09/2016
JEB, RIB HFB19/07/2016
cp to killeyan then over heather to the top.robertphillips20/08/2015
With Alistair anne gill jennifer.tallblond17/07/2015
From RSPB CP. Returned via Dun Athad and American Monument.summitsup04/06/2015
From RSPB car park visited the American monument first then followed cliff tops (roughly) to Beinn Mhor. Looks higher than a mere 202m. Dun Athad looked impressive - visited that on way back. Good path but we lost it on approach to hill top for a rough heathery calf-sapper of a final 500m.jonglew04/06/2014
With Mora, from the road end at Upper Killeyan.BLACKHILL31/03/2014
from nature reserve car park - no obvious shortcuts, so drop down and climb back up. Fine coastal scenery.Thearlaichdubh23/06/2013
ELMA DYTCHES SUILVENdonmeister27/09/2012
Fourth Marilyn and second trig of the day after the American Monument and Dun Athad with vaste wide views at 20:00. Lovely wild flowers & goats.Dugswell212/06/2012
done with Rachael, took 1.5 hrtallblond10/06/2012
From road end at Mull of Oa walked past Killeyan, following faint path over boards across burn at GR283415, through fence and down nr coast. Direct line then up to summit" no views due to mist but grand spot with sound of surf from cliffs belownordicstar09/06/2012
Solo. Marhof meet. From Mull of Oa Nature Reserve car park. Walked on track to Upper Killeyan. From there went to col S of Loch na Beinne. Very misty so used compass to get to summit of Beinn Mhòr. Went to the fort called Dùn Athad, a site of antiquity. It's on a promontory with a narrow neck on the landward side. Found a sheep and lamb on the highest point, which I tried to persuade to go down to the neck but I was not successful. Continued to Mull of Oa American Monument.pwbellarby09/06/2012
GIdris02/04/2012
Various inc JC and DCMartin6603/09/2010
With Martin66, JC & various others. Parked at the road end, wandered to the monument & then followed various minor trails to the summit. Returned the same way. There followed the infamous Islay Cattle Incident. I was last away & just as I approached the field gate, the herd of cattle in the field decided to congregate at the gate. Despite best efforts they refused to move for a good 40 minutes! Even tried offering them the remains of my lunch which they just scoffed & stood blocking the gate looking at me in an insolent sort of way. Daft animals... Eventually persuaded a few of them to shift & the others followed. The evening festivities were well under way by the time I got back...NotReallyABagger03/09/2010
Dry, hot, calm, sunny, good viewsiangalbraith02/09/2010