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Beinn a’ Chroin
Beinn a Chroin from upper Glen Falloch.jpg
Beinn a‘ Chroin seen from upper Glen Falloch.
Highest point
Elevation 941.4 m (3,089 ft)
Prominence 136.9 m (449 ft)
Listing Munro
Naming
English translation Hill Of The Sheepfold
Language of name Scottish Gaelic
Pronunciation Gaelic [peɲ əˈxɾɔɲ]
Geography
Location Stirlingshire, Scotland
Parent range Grampians
OS grid NN387185
Topo map OS Landranger 50, 56 OS Explorer 364
Listed summits of Beinn a' Chroin
Name Grid ref Height Status
East Top NN394186 940.1 m (3,084 ft) Munro Top
West Top NN385185 938 m (3,077 ft) Deleted Munro Top

Beinn a’ Chroin is a Scottish mountain located six kilometres south of Crianlarich in the Stirling Council area. With a height of 941.4 metres (3,089 feet) it qualifies as a Munro.

Overview

Beinn a’ Chroin stands well into the interior of the Crianlarich group of seven munros and so it is usually climbed with other hills in the area, more often than not it is ascended with An Caisteal which lies 1.5 kilometres to the north west across the Bealach Buidhe (805 metres). The hill is well seen from the upper part of Glen Falloch from where the long summit ridge and the steep head wall of Coire Earb can be appreciated. The translation of the mountains name from the Gaelic language is vague and there are three possible meanings. Some sources give the translation as “Hill of Danger” although Beinn a’ Chroin is no more dangerous than any other peak in the group. Other sources give the meaning as “Hill of the Sheep Fold” while others give it as “Hill of the Cloven Hoof” referring to the mountains twin summits.

Geography

Beinn a’ Chroin is surrounded by four other Munros which lie round the head waters of the River Falloch, to the north and east lies Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean which can be reached by an arduous journey contouring round Coire Earb and climbing the subsidiary top of Stob Glas. The other two Munros, An Caisteal and Beinn Chabhair can be attained by following the west ridge down to the Beallach Buidhe from here the continuation to An Caisteal is up steep slopes to the north west. To reach Beinn Chabhair there is further descending to the west to reach an unnamed col (609 metres) before ascending to the summit. The impressive Coire Earb stands on the north side of the mountain, this corrie gives fine examples of boulder fields and moraine as a result of glacial action from the last Ice age. The smaller Coire a’ Chroin lies on the upper southern slopes and contains the small Lochan a’ Chroin. Drainage from the mountain reaches both coasts of Scotland with the River Falloch going west from Coire Earb to the Firth of Clyde while all other rainfall goes east to the Firth of Forth.

Ascents and summit

Most guide books recommend climbing Beinn a’ Chroin along with the adjacent Munro of An Caisteal. This walk starts from the A82 road at grid reference NN369239 and climbs An Caisteal first before continuing onto Beinn a’ Chroin by the Bealach Buidhe. A direct ascent is possible from the same starting point by walking high up into Coire Earb and then climbing the mountain by the north ridge which leads to the eastern end of the summit ridge. The mountain can also be climbed from the east starting at the end of the public road which leads to Inverlochlarig from the A84 at grid reference NN445184. This route follows the track by the River Larig to reach the foot of the mountain before climbing it by its steep grassy south east slopes. The summit ridge is undulating with several strange rock formations and some small sheets of water around the highest point.

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