Geo-Trips :: Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail

Loch Maree, Highland

A walk from Beinn Eighe Reserve car park for trails, Sun, 27 May 2018 by Julian Paren

The Beinn Eighe Reserve provides two trails. A short woodland trail and a far longer mountain trail. The Mountain Trail is around 7 km and can take four hours because of the steep terrain.

According to others: The Mountain Trail is a fabulous trail to explore the hills of Beinn Eighe. This loop trail takes you up through ancient woodland, rugged grasslands and heath, to the beautiful heights of the mountain terraces. This is a memorable walk, with breathtaking views over the surrounding mountain landscape. The 6.5 km (4 mile) walk rises to 550 metres and takes three to four hours to complete. The path is steep and very rough in places, so it can be challenging for less experienced walkers. You will need to wear hillwalking boots and take food and warm waterproof clothing, as the weather can change quickly and the top of the trail is very exposed.

On a warm and sunny Spring Day with no need to hurry the walk took 4.5 hours and minor diversions were made. For an experienced walker/climber the steepness of the terrain was noticeable. The path has been excellently maintained since its creation in the 1990s. Its route does not coincide precisely with the OS 1:50,000 or 1:25,000 mapping but conforms to what is provided at 1:10,000.

The path provides a grandstand view of Loch Maree with Slioch behind as well as views into the outliers of Beinn Eighe itself. Please note the path does not venture onto Beinn Eighe.

The two booklets will be useful for those visiting the Reserve.

LinkExternal link for the Mountain Trail

LinkExternal link for the Woodland Trail

The Mountain Trail joins the Woodland Trail for the last mile of the walk.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NH0064 : At the start of the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
At the start of the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail
The start of the trail is through deciduous woodlands. Beside the trail area... more

NH0064 : Scots Pine beside the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Scots Pine beside the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail
A view towards Gleann Bianasdail over Loch Maree. Beside the trail area number... more

NH0064 : Above the pines above Loch Maree by Julian Paren
Above the pines above Loch Maree
A view towards the head of Loch Maree from the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail.... more

NH0064 : Mountain Trail Cairn by Julian Paren
Mountain Trail Cairn
This is just a way mark for the trail. Some cairns carry a link word to the... more

NG9964 : Cairns for marking the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Cairns for marking the Mountain Trail
Cairns abound in the steep section of the mountain trail. The mountain trail is... more

NG9964 : Steep rock section of the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Steep rock section of the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail
Cairns mark the way. For more information on the Mountain Trail see... more

NG9963 : Way marker cairns on the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Way marker cairns on the Mountain Trail
In the steep terrain, the cairns are reassuring. Loch Maree in the background.

NG9963 : East end of Loch Maree from the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
East end of Loch Maree from the Mountain Trail
And nearer at hand a steep path to gain height on the Mountain Trail.

NG9963 : On the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
On the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail
Lone tree high up the trail. For more information on the trail See... more

NG9963 : Conservation Cairn and summit of Leathad Buidhe by Julian Paren
Conservation Cairn and summit of Leathad Buidhe
The high point of the Mountain Trail of the Beinn Eighe Reserve. The reason... more

NG9963 : Loch Allt an Daraich from the summit of Leathad Buidhe by Julian Paren
Loch Allt an Daraich from the summit of Leathad Buidhe
The nearby Corbett is Meall a' Ghiubhais. The line of the Mountain Trail is... more

NG9963 : Loch Allt an Daraich from the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Loch Allt an Daraich from the Mountain Trail
Behind the loch lies Beinn Eighe and its outliers. A way marker for the Mountain... more

NG9863 : Unnamed lochan beside the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Unnamed lochan beside the Mountain Trail
Some green adds to the brown palette by the lochan.

NG9863 : Lunar Loch on the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Lunar Loch on the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail
The explanation of why the unofficial name Lunar Loch was attributed, see... more

NG9863 : Lunar Loch by Julian Paren
Lunar Loch
To learn more about Lunar Loch visit... more

NG9864 : Approaching a cairn and perched boulder by the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Approaching a cairn and perched boulder by the Mountain Trail
On the descent from Lunar Loch. Loch Maree and Slioch beyond.

NG9964 : Fault Cairn on the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Fault Cairn on the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail
A cairn close to the fault line with its continuation clear in the line of cliffs... more

NG9864 : Mountain Trail of the Beinn Eighe Reserve by Julian Paren
Mountain Trail of the Beinn Eighe Reserve
Looking up the steep path.

NG9964 : Generations of trees above Allt na h'Airighe by Julian Paren
Generations of trees above Allt na h'Airighe
The living, the majestic and the dead.

NG9964 : Lone Scots Pine by Julian Paren
Lone Scots Pine
A distinct outlier beside the Beinn Eighe Reserve Mountain Trail.

NG9964 : Descending to Loch Maree on the Mountain Trail by Julian Paren
Descending to Loch Maree on the Mountain Trail
Beautiful Scots Pine become more prominent as you descend. Slioch ahead commands... more

NG9964 : On the combined Mountain and Woodland Trail by Julian Paren
On the combined Mountain and Woodland Trail
Walk Highlands and the signposts suggest that where the Mountain Trail joins the... more

NG9965 : On the Woodland Trail, Beinn Eighe Reserve by Julian Paren
On the Woodland Trail, Beinn Eighe Reserve
For information on the trail read the booklet.... more

NH0064 : Beside the Woodland Trail, Beinn Eighe Reserve by Julian Paren
Beside the Woodland Trail, Beinn Eighe Reserve
A diverse woodland.

NH0065 : Exposed roots of Scots Pine, Loch Maree by Julian Paren
Exposed roots of Scots Pine, Loch Maree
Apparently changing water levels can render the tree waterlogged from time to... more

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