Beinn Fhionnlaidh - a beautiful wild mountain in the west of Scotland

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A few weeks ago I took my hillwalking group to Beinn Fhionnlaidh in a remote part of the west of Scotland. Beinn Fhionnlaidh means "Finlay's Hill", and it's a "Munro" at 959m/3146 feet high.

It was a lovely warm day. The walk starts from a tiny hamlet called Elleric, which has another Munro, Beinn Sgulaird, towering over it.
1 Setting out, in the shadow of Beinn Sgulaird.jpg

To the west there are views out to the island of Mull.

6 Me on hillside.jpg

We spotted a lizard, the first I've ever seen in Scotland.

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The climb was steep in part, but mostly a gradual, pathless ascent over rolling grassy hills.

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As we ascended higher, a distinctive flat-topped hill called Fraochaidh (pronounced "Freuchie") came into view. Fraochaidh means "heathery".

14 Fraochaidh.jpg

Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain, was a prominent landmark in the distance.

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At 600m altitude we passed a couple of lochans - this one is Lochan Caorain, with the Etive Hills behind.

22 Lochan Caorainn with Starav and Stob Coir' an Albannaich in bground.jpg

As we approached the summit, it became much rockier.

27 Rocky, bumpy summit ridge.jpg

The summit was glorious, with hardly a breath of wind. I couldn't resist climbing up on the trig point!

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The summit views were breathtaking.

37 Views out to Mull from rocky summit ridge.jpg

47 Buachaille Etive Mhor and Creise, zoomed.jpg

We spent an hour on the summit, eating our lunch and taking photos and drinking in the views. As we walked back down, another beautiful vista opened up, with Beinn Sgulaird to the left and the isle of Mull in front of us.

58 Big vista of group heading down.jpg

64 Lovely lochan with Fraochaidh.jpg

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Ben Nevis doesn't look so formidable on your picture, but I wouldn't dare try to conquer him.

I still haven't conquered Ben Nevis, and I can't wait to try! I would definitely encourage people to climb a few smaller hills first though, as he is indeed a very big beast.

I noticed you saw as far as Etive Hills, we drove down to Glen Etive the other year, it was the most beautiful drive I've ever done.

Glen Etive is a part of my home country that I haven't really explored very much, and I definitely intend to rectify that this year! Glad you enjoyed it.

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Hiya, just swinging by to let you know that this post made the Honorable Mentions list in our daily Travel Digest!

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