Name:Fraochaidh
Hill number:212
Height:879m / 2884ft
SMC/RHB Section:03B: Loch Linnhe to Loch Etive
County/UA:Argyll and Bute, Highland
Topographical area:HC08 Bidean-buachaille
Catchment:Creran, Catchment Boundaries, Linnhe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, High Hills of Britain,
Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,C,HHB,Y,P500)
Grid ref:NN 02908 51703
Summit feature:cairn
Drop:551m
Col:328m  NN091540  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 41
(1:25k) 384
Survey:obvious summit
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From mapped free CP to NW. Due to excessive rain and no FB at NN 023537, I walked via Abhain Cottages to use the track on the S-side of the River Duror. Even if the FB did exist, the vegetation looked impenetrable from it to the forest track, so I was relieved at my choice of route - though longer. Track continues to edge of forest after which easy grassy slopes to top. Continued on ridge to final SIM (NE top 626m). Dropped NNW/SSW to unmapped logging track at NN 04194 53295, which joined mapped track at NN 039534. All bridges present back to car.carole engel05/07/2024
With Janice and Joan. Easy ascent up from the west. Top ridge had low cloud and was cold in the wind.Play2End22/06/2024
From Ballachulish Over the 3 tops on the way. Good views from top,PeterD17/06/2024
 yorkielad03/05/2024
From Ballachulish up Gleann an Fhiodh and Mam Uchdaich, then along long undulating ridge and back. Very boggy underfoot, with soft slippery snow on final steep summit slopes. Light winds and clear throughout. 21.5km, 6h 50Rockdoctor24/03/2024
Solo from Glencoe campsite on MTB to Duror on excellent cycleway. MTB through forest on S side of Glen Duror. Final km very very steep and loose for MTB. To summit on foot from edge of forest at NN 012 533 up NW flank.John Lee01/06/2023
Having acquired another dodgy knee I was looking for a straightforward, though reasonably testing route in a clear path. This one ticks the boxes. Parts would be boggy in average conditions but today was hot, sunny, and dry underfoot. Long day, just over 8 hours but a really nice walk with fabulous views from the summit.niallp31/05/2023
From Ballachullish, along the NE ridge. If Simm bagging it would be easiest, with two cars, to do a through walk, as five lovely ladies were doing who I met at the summit. Quite a long walk back, still with plenty of unavoidable ascent. Note that after the mapped cairn the rising traverse path to the ridge does NOT exist - see the thick heather. Instead carry on up the glen for 300m to 06562 54573. Cross here, and a path with marker posts leads to the ridge.Minto26/02/2023
SMMC Glencoe meet, with Drew Yule and Marco Limonci. Started at Duror.clashcityrocker07/02/2023
Solo from Duror. Parked on road by the Abhain Cottages and walked back along road and took the small road south towards the wigwams and continued up the forestry track into Glen Duror to around 200m. There, a smaller stony track continued steeply up to around 400m at which point I left the hill and went up the grassy slopes. Snowline started around 700m and was ankle deep by 800m. Great views at summit, snow-capped peaks in most directions. Returned same way - total time 4h 35minmproudfoot15/01/2023
Parked in Duror at road corner - 996554. Followed forest road on south side of Duror river before a steep path climb emerges to the north of the 2 lochs. Heavy rain, mist etc on the steady climb. Mist cleared and great views to the west. Solo. Well under 5 hours.bolton04/10/2022
90th Corbett. Fraochaidh (Heathery Hill) from Ballachulish. Followed often wet path towards Glen Creran up the valley, forded the burn (easy) and up to the gate into the forest. Then turned right up nice track that follows the old boundary fenceposts along the NE ridge to the summit, taking in the NE Top, Far East Top, and the minor East Top. Retraced outward route back to Ballachulish. A round trip of 22km with 1240m ascent, taking 7h30m.silveracorn_alan02/06/2022
Parked in the Duror forest car park. Good forest track up SW side of Glen Duror, then logging track mentioned by Owen B and others below to the 2 lochans. Steady walk up shoulder to ridge and summit. Interesting summit cairn design with old metal fence posts. Continued along ridge to Fraochaidh Far East top and Fraochaidh NE top, before descending to river from Mam Uchdaich. Path down is marked with occasional posts but seems to differ from that shown on map. Crossed river and returned on lower track through Duror forest to car park. Enjoyable day with good views all round. Solo.richard6927/05/2022
very windy on tops but warmTamCollie26/09/2021
Staying at Ballachulish for the week. Weather poor, in the cloud all day, poor visibility and strong wind. 10 hours total.iansm23/09/2021
Parked on the road by Abhain Cottages, Duror. Old railway line path SSW, then excellent forestry track passing south of Acharn, then SE, ending at 200m contour. Steep, stony forestry track to the perimeter at 410m asl, then hints of an ATV track ending SSW of the A'Chruach lochans. Pathless through the long grass up to the shoulder at 670m asl, then good going with a faint path to the summit by the fence posts. Great views of Aonach Eagach and Beinn a'Bheithir, mostly cloudless and clear inland but a fantastic cloud inversion over the sea lochs and some lower ground. Retraced steps. Under rated hill I reckon.Owen B27/08/2021
From Druror using logging road on SW side of River Druror. A good track leading to open hillside, starts at end of logging road at NN0135153783 & ends at NN0114553223 - then grassy ascent (passing two lochans) - increasingly good views of Beinn a Bheither.ger19/07/2021
From the Glen Duror car park. Along the forest track ROW towards Ballachulish until it reached the junction cairn about a kilometre from exiting the forest. Tried to find and follow the marked footpath up to the coll linking the Fraochaidh tops to Sgorr a' Choise, but it is very overgrown and difficult to locate at times. Anyway, got to the coll and then easy going along ridge path to the Far East Top, East Top, Leitir Dhriseag and Fraochaidh summit. A lovely route. Descended down the NW flank to the lochans just above the forest line. Found the steep track through the plantation using the coordinates supplied by Topographer57 - cheers man! then down to the old River Duror bridge crossing point (easy to hop over using exposed rocks at this time of year) back onto the forest track to the car park. A 5 hour round in blazing sunshine only relieved by a touch of summit mist.summitter15/08/2020
Adrian, Andrew, Gabi, GerryNHWC22/12/2019
Walk up Glen Duror on the north side of the river to the bridge that been washed away, crossed here and head up to the new track at 014537 followed this to the 2 lochan, then follow the ridge to the summit. a lovely sunny day with views to the Paps of JuraNozzer21/09/2019
From Glen Duror, out along south side of glen, back via missing footbridge (path overgrown here) and north side of glenrjf3522/04/2019
From Glen Creran. Up via Beinn Mhic na Ceisich then down via NE ridge.quadbarrel12/04/2019
as traverse from Duror to Glencoe with Keith Andrew and Tony HardenC02/03/2019
Unplanned Corbett revisit in passing on gorgeous spring pm. Back to Creran car parkRHW12/05/2018
From Glen Duror campsite, cycled up forestry tracks above SW side of glen to 012539, from where a steep and narrow vehicle track cuts through the spruce and debris onto open NW ridge. Unfortunately the bridge shown at 017538 no longer exists. Despite the hill's heathery name, it is mostly grass.Topographer5724/07/2017
44th Solo. From Ballachulish, follow path alongside River Laroch, cross near cairn and ascend S to gain ridge, follow undulating ridge to summit. Dry, clear, sunny, some cloud above tops, wind strength building during afternoon (strong gusts on top), snow from 400m, snow about 1ft deep but easier to move on than in Arrochar earlier in week. V cold. A good value winter ridge walk.RGibbs11/02/2017
Snow above 500m. Nice amount of snow on ridge made it hard going. Great views over to Ardgour.davechaffey10/11/2016
With M, long day from Ballachulish. Didn't find best route up to ridge. Tiring, quite blowy but dry. Finished just as getting dark, then cold. Fish and chips.douglas_easton09/10/2016
Solo.Dangerous Dave08/07/2016
Fraochaidh from Ballachulishdavidpettit8404/06/2016
On the 2016 TGO Challengealistairpooler14/05/2016
CK SheilaS07/05/2016
From Ballachulish. Long walk in, after sitting in car waiting for heavy shower to finish. Pleasant until blasted by hail storms, had to shelter umpteen times. Heart sunk when I first saw summit, a long way to go. No views due to clouds. A very long way back!Jhimmy03/05/2016
Standard route from Ballachulish up Glean na Fiodh over the intervening tops. Very wet on steep grass slopes after all the recent rain. On way down passed a guy who had turned back at the lochan before the first summit because of the slippery conditions but it was not really that bad.dickscroop03/06/2015
Standard approach from Ballachulish. Boggy path and heathery slopes but great undulating ridge once on top. Not much snow. Sunny and light wind. Fantastic views to mull, cruachan, blackmount, glen etive, glencoe, mammores, glenfinnan and morvern, 7 hours.alexmaclennan10/03/2015
From Auchindarroch by track through Glen Duror, out of forest at 043541, and up on to ridgeGallovidian22/11/2013
From the bothy in Glen Duror then by the NW ridge to summit, returning the same way. 2 hrs 30 mins to reach summit.keithpostie08/09/2013
with pat up from glen duror on forestry tracks.robertphillips25/11/2012
selfdavidsbatty26/10/2012
felling operations nearby on way up. Mainly sunny but with biing winds. Hard slog to the summit. Brian's first sea eagle! Two black throated divers on lochan. First golden plover of the year near the top. 6 hours! (Fiona back to Aberdeen)gercal5313/04/2012
From road end car park - Glen CreranBLACKHILL13/04/2012
Walked from Ballachulish w Jenx, from NN080577 after tea at the Quarry cafe, good track to NN069548 where the Glen Creran path dissapears! Wet ascent to the ridge, which soon dries out to a great switchback to summit. Back same way.nordicstar23/07/2011
Route 41 on Cicerone guide to be published in 2012ancient brit27/05/2011
R This is exceptional remote hill v good views Richard Tait13/07/2010
Alone, from Ballachuilish.Grinner11/04/2010
ran alone in a clockwise loop of 12 milestom smith22/03/2009
MB. Achindarroch (A828) through Glen Duror, over foot br (017537) & direct ascent to tarns on the ridge then summit of Fraochaidh. Cold with hill fog & gale force winds.Vin15/03/2009
From Ballachulish with Martin66 & JC on a day which started off clear but rained later. Fortunately we got to the summit in decent time because it's a good walk & a nice peak. Used the path up to the Mam Uchdaich & then along the undulating ridge.NotReallyABagger21/09/2008
7 of 10: From Leitir Dhriseag.ChrisR12/09/2008
With DC, JC. Rain later in day.Martin6621/08/2008