Meaning “big grey-green hill”
Just across the road from Quinaig is Glas Bheinn, where it is a rare day to meet another climber. Access is from the Quinaig car park, where a short path leads to a steep ascent up onto a rocky ridge. From there it folds out into a flat plain big enough to host a full-sized football pitch.
Glas Bheinn has some great views, but its defining feature is the two corrie lochs tucked into its sides. The more well-known of the two is Lochan a Choire Ghuirm, which was made famous by the Andrew Greig book “At the Loch of the Green Corrie”, about the Scottish poet Norman MacCaig.
If you have time for a longer walk, then a short hop over the ridge at the far end of Glas Bheinn will take you to Beinn Uidhe with its steep sides and high ridges. There may even be time to get onto Beinn an Fhurain - the hill of the springs - with a small loch at the top which seems to hold snow on its backs for most of the year. If you manage all three in a day, then dipping your toes in the springs will provide you with a well-earned reward.
Distance: 9.75 miles
Time: 5.5 - 6.5 hours
For detailed route instructions, click here.