Mountain writers tend to be a chunk disparaging on the subject of Fionn Bheinn – “undistinguished,” “unexciting,” and “uninspiring” are some of the alternatively terrible adjectives used.
I assume this is unfair. Admittedly, the quick ascent is wade through a bog than a slog up grassy slopes. Still, the reward is an actually splendid view – easily one of the maximum lovely in not simply the north-west Highlands however the complete of Scotland.
Fionn Bheinn can be climbed in four hours in summertime conditions – a super 1/2-day for those planning a weekend strolling in Torridon. After all, you power thru Achnasheen on the A832 as you head west.
A brief stop, in clear weather, to ascend Fionn Bheinn will monitor the hills that await inside the days to come – it’s an awe-inspiring sight.
West, the Torridon giants, soar from flat sea-stage plains. First, there’s Liathach, then the gray-white monster of Beinn Eighe and, similarly north, the unmistakable define of Slioch. If those are your objectives in the coming days, it’s a sight that’s sure to quicken the heartbeat.
As your eyes keep to hint an arc north, they’ll find Loch Fada before alighting on the jumble of peaks of the Fisherfield Forest – the maximum faraway of Scotland’s Munros.
The 360-degree panorama keeps in your north and west in which the rest of the Fannaich mountains lie, past Loch Fannich. It’s pretty a view and one that famous itself abruptly, taking you via surprise as you method the summit from Creagan nan Laugh, specifically as for the preceding hour or so you’ve been gazing the grass slope in front of you or stumbling thru a moist, tussocky marshland.
Leading to Fionn Bheinn’s summit is a nice ridge, riven at the north aspect with the aid of large lorries. It’s some other best function and one completely unsuspected from the roadside at Achnasheen.
Mountain’s darkish destiny predicted through the prophet
The Highland seer Kenneth Mackenzie expected “the day will come when a raven, attired in plaid and bonnet, will drink his fill of human blood on Fionn-being, 3 instances a day, for three successive days”. It hasn’t taken place… yet.
Mackenzie, the Brahan Seer, turned into born at the beginning of the 17th Century. His gift of 2d sight changed into thanks to a blue stone with a hollow in its center, via which he claimed to see the future. It’s stated to have been given to his mother by using the ghost of a Norwegian princess. Among occasions, he’s said to have foretold the Clearances and Culloden.
Mackenzie turned placed to death by Lady Seaforth, who had him burned as a witch in a tar barrel with metallic spikes pushed thru its sides.
Pronunciation: Fee-on Ven
Meaning: white hill
Height: 933m (3061ft)
OS Landranger Map: 20 & 25
Summit grid ref: NH147621 (trig point)
Nearest town: Achnasheen is 5km (3 miles) south of the summit. Facilities are very restrained. There is a railway station, and a 1.6km (1 mile) west is the Ledgowan Hotel.
The hamlet does have public toilets where you can get modified.
Head back to the main road from the auto park within the center of Achnasheen.
At the phone container, take the antique street over the bridge and turn proper through a gate on music that takes you to a water remedy works.
The conventional route climbs steeply up the open hillside on the proper bank of the Allt Achadh na Sine. However, on the left bank, service music to a hydro dam in addition up the river has been bulldozed up the hillside. So it’s now not the prettiest of routes, but the zig-zags make for a totally easy ascent.
From the dam, head throughout the very boggy ground to the nostril of Creagan a Laoigh. Here, from the small cairn here, head north throughout a dip before mountain climbing to the ridge that ends in Fionn Bheinn’s summit simply over 1km (zero.6 miles) away. The going is a good deal extra high-quality than the bog underneath – totally on short grass and moss.
Once you’ve completed admiring the perspectives, retrace your steps for a few hundred meters before heading south to skirt Cregan a Laugh on the way lower back to the dam. Then retrace your steps to Achnasheen.