Beinn Mhòr (Cowal)
The summit of Beinn Mhòr, seen from the south
|Elevation||741 m (2,431 ft)|
|Prominence||696 m (2,283 ft) Ranked 61st in British Isles|
|Parent peak||Beinn Ime|
|English translation||Big hill|
|Pronunciation||Scottish Gaelic: [ˈpeiɲ ˈvoːɾ]|
|Location||Cowal, Argyll and Bute, Scotland|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 56|
Beinn Mhòr is the highest Mountain on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is relatively little known and infrequently climbed, but has a high topographic prominence to height ratio and consequently commands a good all round view.
Beinn Mhòr is most frequently and probably most easily ascended from the south, via the end of the public road into Glen Massan. From here, there is a short hike to Glen Massan, followed by about 400 metres of ascent up forestry tracks and paths, from which the climber eventually emerges onto the open hillside. At this point, the climber returning by the same route should note the position, as there are no paths above this point and entering the forest by any other point could mean getting lost in steep and thickly forested terrain. Despite the lack of paths, the upper slopes are gentle and mostly short grass which provide easy ascent to the summit.
An alternative longer route ascends from the car park of Benmore Botanic Garden, with a track leading up to the steep grassy slopes of A' Cruach and the secondary tops of Creachan Beag and Creachan Mòr to a wide shoulder leading to the summit of Beinn Mhòr itself.