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Aonach Beag
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Aonach Beag from Aonach Mòr
Highest point
Elevation 1,234 m (4,049 ft)
Prominence 404 m (1,325 ft)
Parent peak Ben Nevis
Listing Munro, Marilyn
Naming
English translation Small ridge
Language of name Gaelic
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [ˈɯːnəx ˈpek]
English approximation: oon-ƏKH-bek
Geography
Location Lochaber, Scotland
Parent range Grampian Mountains
OS grid NN197715
Topo map OS Landranger 41
Listed summits of Aonach Beag
Name Grid ref Height Status
Aonach Beag NN202709 1234 m Munro, Marilyn, Murdo
Stob Choire Bhealaich NN202709 1100 m Munro Top
Sgùrr a' Bhuic NN204701 963 m Munro Top, Murdo

Aonach Beag is a mountain in the Scottish Highlands. It is located about 3 km east of Ben Nevis on the north side of Glen Nevis, near the town of Fort William. Apart from Ben Nevis, Aonach Beag is the highest peak in the British Isles outwith the Cairngorm mountains of eastern Scotland.

Aonach Beag is linked to its close neighbour to the north, Aonach Mòr, by a high saddle or bealach. The name Aonach Beag (small ridge) might imply that this mountain is smaller than Aonach Mòr (big ridge). However, Aonach Beag is higher; the names refer to the relative bulk of the two mountains rather than their elevation.

The easiest way up is to take the gondola lift serving the Nevis Range ski area on Aonach Mòr to an elevation of 650 m and follow the ridge joining the two peaks. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis. This way the walker avoids the paraphernalia associated with the ski development. Aonach Beag is often climbed in conjunction with Aonach Mòr.

Aonach Beag's north face holds one of Scotland's longest-lying snow patches (grid reference NN196718), which sits at the bottom of the climb known as 'Queen's View' at an elevation of about 950m. This patch has been known to last through to the first lasting snows of the new winter, and was present continuously from late 2006 to late November 2011.

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