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BEARNAIS Snug, unassuming bothy – a real gem (1974) SIZE Small; 1 room, sleeping platform for 2 people LOCATION LAT/LONG 57.4344, -5.2984, NH 021 431, 279m, LR Map 25, Explorer 429

B

earnais lies on the periphery

ROUTE 1

ROUTE 2

of the vast, empty territory

From the station head S for a short

The route from Craig is more direct

of Wester Ross, giving you a

way along the A890 before turning

but involves more ascent. From the

taste of adventure without being

L through the farm at Achintee. At

Forestry car park (NH 039 493), take

too committed. The name is a

a crossroads take a L (signposted

the path signposted to Strathconon

combination of the Gaelic, bàrr (top),

Hill Paths) round to an electricity

across the railway and down to the

and ais or eas (waterfall). Rescued

substation where a track continues

River Carron. Cross the bridge, and

by the MBA from the ruins of an

up the hill. Shortly after, a signpost

continue round to a second bridge

old estate property, only half of the

indicates Bearnais L and Ben Droniag

ignoring 2 turnings L. Follow the

original cottage was reconstructed to

straight on. This is not marked on

track for 2 miles along the valley

make this 1-roomed bothy, along with

either 1:50000 or 1:25000 map. Take

floor, before finally turning L up a

a large storm porch. There is a well-

the L fork leading over to the S side of

signposted path which heads up the

drawing fire and a narrow platform

the River Taodail. Climb steeply past

E side of the Allt Coire à Bhàinidh

bed for 2 people sleeping head to toe.

the beautiful Eas na Creige Duibhe

to the cliffs of Creag a’ Chaorainn.

Of the two distinctive inglehooks on

Mòire waterfall, through a small

This is a steady climb, with one

either side of the fireplace, one has a

bealach marked with a tiny lochan at

steep section along the ridge of Aon

stone plaque commemorating the life

485m, and down into the Bearneas.

Cheum, to the E of the coire wall, and

of Eric Beard, a well-known character

There are numerous streams to be

tops out at 630m. The path descends

in the outdoor community back in

forded on both sides of the hill; take

steeply to the bothy, which quickly

the 1970s. The room has 2 windows,

care in times of spate.

comes into view.

facing N and S, a small table, plus a low bench and a couple of chairs. The

DISTANCE 6 miles

DISTANCE 5½ miles

Munros are the main draw here, but if

TIME 2½ to 3 ½ hours

TIME 3 to 4 hours

TERRAIN Challenging. Stalkers’ path all the way. River crossings

TERRAIN Challenging. Wide vehicle track then steep mountain path up to 630m. River crossings

the weather closes in you could take a trip to Maol Bhuidhe Bothy (p97), or walk over to Ben Dronaig Lodge (p87).

PARKING Strathcarron Station (NG 941 421)

PARKING Forestry car park, Craig (NH 039 493) North West Highlands 85

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