Beinn Eighe

(File Mountain)

A Massif With Adventures For All

Beinn Eighe is the bulkiest of all the Torridon peaks. A hill with something for everyone. The western end forms the highest section of the massif and has both of the munro summits, Ruadh-stac Mòr (1010m) and Spidean Coire nan Clach (993m), It also has possibly the most spectacular of all the Torridonian corries – Coire Mhic Fhearchair. This is known for its spectacular Triple Buttresses and a Lacaster aircraft crash site from the 1950’s. The eastern end forms Britain’s first National Nature Reserve (NNR) where if you are lucky you will be able to see golden eagles, red deer, mountain hare and pine martens amongst the caledonian pines and rugged mountainsides.

View some of the routes we can offer on Beinn Eighe

Privately Guided from £60 per person

We offer a private guiding service based in the North West of Scotland. Priding ourselves on our local knowledge, experienced guides can help you achieve your mountaineering goals on this fantastic hill. Whether you’re looking for exposed scrambles, munro summits or exploring wild corries we can tailor this experience for you.

See our ratios and pricing information

Wild Mountain Location

Beinn Eighe lies at the Kinlochewe end of Glen Torridon. Accommodation is available in the glen at the Torridon Youth Hostel, The Torridon Hotel or Kinlochewe Hotel. There is also camping available in Torridon or Kinlochewe. A small shop / cafe is available in Torridon itself. A short drive away from the glen are the villages of Shieldaig, Lochcarron, and Gairloch. These provide more facilities.

Beinn Eighe from Kinlochewe

Routes

The Beinn Eighe Munros

This is our most popular route option. Whether you are looking for an incredible day out on one of Scotland’s most iconic mountains, or you are trying to bag the munros, this is the perfect choice. We will begin on a good path, winding its way through Coire Dubh Mor and Coire Mhic Fhearchair. This stunning area offers spectacular views of waterfalls, dark lochs and rocky buttresses. From here we will carefully make our way up a steep scree slope to a grassy plateau above (aptly named Coinneach Mor, Big Moss). A short journey along the ridge will take us to the first of our munro summits, Ruadh-Stac Mor. We retrace our steps back to the grassy plateau then head westwards along the rocky ridge. At the end of the ridge we will be rewarded with our second munro summit, Spidean Coire nan Clach. From here a steep descent takes us back to Glen Torridon. A short walk along the road will lead us to our original car park.

The Eastern End

The Eastern End of Beinn Eighe is lesser known but still a fantastic day out. Famous for The Black Carls, a particularly narrow section of ridge involving airy scrambling. This is an excellent choice for those who have already undertaken the route above and are looking to experience more of the mountain. Since this route involves some scrambling, a good head for exposure is necessary to enjoy this day.

Bespoke Routes

Beinn Eighe is a huge mountain, with many possible routes and experiences to be enjoyed. We are able to provide guiding for those who have a specific route in mind. We are also able to offer a full end to end traverse of Beinn Eighe for those looking for an extremely long day out.

Winter

In winter Beinn Eighe is transformed into a winter mountaineers paradise. It has so much to offer for many experience levels. All the routes above can be offered in winter conditions. For those looking for a classic winter walk “The Beinn Eighe Munros” is an excellent choice. “The Eastern End” is a fantastic mountaineering option, offering a greater challenge for those looking for something a little more technical. If you are interested in winter climbing, Beinn Eighe has options for all levels – Classic climbing routes on this mountain include Fuselage Gully (II), East Buttress (IV 5) and Central Buttress (VI 7).

Ratios and Pricing

In order to provide the highest level of experience and safety we maintain low ratios for guided ascents. Below you can see the details. All trips are considered private bookings so you will not have to worry about the pace of others and will get a trip tailored to your individual needs.

Summer

Ratio Price
1:1 £220
1:2 £120 per person
1:3 £85 per person
1:4 £70 per person
1:5+ £300 per day (£60 or less per person)

Winter

* Due to the technicality of mountaineering or winter climbing on Beinn Eighe we run this at a maximum ratio of 1:2. Mountaineering would include the Black Carls while tackling the Eastern End for example.
Ratio Mountaineering & Climbing Price Walking (E.g. Munros Only)
1:1 £250 £220
1:2 £135 per person £120 per person
1:3 N/A * £85 per person
1:4 N/A * £70 per person

What You Get

  • Personalised day based around your goals
  • Fully qualified guide
  • Use of technical equipment where needed including helmets, harness and ropes
  • Kit List
  • Comprehensive joining instructions including local information

Fitness

You should expect a full day with an ascent of the munros lasting around 8 hours with more than 1000m of ascent. A good level of walking fitness and experience of hill walking elsewhere in the UK form a good prerequisite for walking on Beinn Eighe.

Gear

You will need normal hill walking kit including sturdy footwear, waterproofs (jacket and trousers), food and warm clothing. Technical kit is available to borrow for your booking where required. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own subject to inspection by your guide to ensure its safety. A complete kit list is provided with each booking.