Foinaven

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Foinaven - Ganu Mòr
Foinaven from Achriesgill.jpg
Foinaven seen from Achriesgill on Loch Inchard
Elevation 911 m (2,989 ft)[1]
Prominence 690 m (2,260 ft)
Parent peak Ben Klibreck
Listing Marilyn, Corbett
Translation White hill - Big wedge (Gaelic)
Pronunciation /ˈfɔɪnəvən/
Scottish Gaelic: [ˈɡanu ˈmoːɾ]
Location
Location Sutherland, Scotland
OS grid NC315507
Topo map OS Landranger 9

Foinaven (Scottish Gaelic: Fionne Bheinn, IPA: [ˈfjuːɲə ˈvjeɲ]) is a mountain in Scotland, situated in the far north-west corner of the Scottish Highlands. Like many of the monolithic mountains that surround it, the mountain is within the Moine Thrust Belt and is made up of imbricated layers of Cambrian quartzite which overlie the older Lewisian gneiss basement. The quartzite, being tougher, stood firm when all the surrounding rock was eroded away, leaving the huge mountain isolated. Its highest point is named Ganu Mòr. Foinaven's smaller neighbour is Arkle. Foinaven was formerly thought, by some, to qualify as a Munro, but an accurate survey in 2007 confirmed that it falls twelve feet short of the required 3,000 ft [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hill does not measure up to Munro". BBC News. 2007-06-08. 

Coordinates: 58°24′44″N 4°53′10″W / 58.41210°N 4.88603°W / 58.41210; -4.88603