Aonach Beag

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Aonach Beag
Aonach beag.jpg
Aonach Beag from Aonach Mòr
Elevation 1,234 m (4,049 ft)[1]
Prominence 404 m (1,325 ft)
Parent peak Ben Nevis
Listing Munro, Marilyn
Translation Small ridge (Gaelic)
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [ˈɯːnəx ˈpek]
English approx: uw-nuhkh baek
Location
Location Lochaber, Scotland
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 Highlands of Scotland. 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 means fair in Gaelic and Cairngorm means blue cairn in Gaelic. The word cairn means collection of stone or a mountain the word can still be seen used in areas which the Celts inhabited across Europe - Spain, Ireland, France, Scotland

Aonach Beag is linked to its close neighbour to the south, Aonach Mòr by a high saddle or bealach The name Aonach Beag (small ridge) might suggest 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 altitude.

The easiest way up is to take the gondola lift serving the Nevis Range ski area on Aonach Mòr (a height of 650 m above sea level), 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 almost invariably 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 altitude of about 950m. This patch has been known to last through to the first lasting snows of the new winter.

This snow patch was present continuously from late 2006 to late November 2011. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "www.munromagic.com Aonach Beag [Nevis region]". MunroMagic.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Winterhighland forum". Retrieved 2012-01-25. 

Coordinates: 56°48′00″N 4°57′15″W / 56.79999°N 4.95424°W / 56.79999; -4.95424