THE STORY

Aonach means ridge-shaped mountain. But the beag ('wee') is misleading - this peak is 60 feet (20m) higher than its neighbour Aonach Mor. The whole ridge is more easily seen from the north side - from there Mor does actually appear higher. However, the local name is better understood when we recall that beag does tend to refer more to mass than height, and Mor does have the longer ridge. There is only a tiny cairn, and that can disappear in winter. In new measure, the hill has the memorable height 1,234 metres.


THE DETAILS

Mountain name, how to say it, what it means   |   its height   |   Mountain region; closest town(s) [may be some distance away tho!]   |   the view-points

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THE VIEW-POINTS

  1. Sgùrr a' Mhaim: on the south wall of Glen Nevis, the height peers over Meall Cumhann into the huge Corrie nan Laogh
  2. Sgùrr Choinnich Mòr: the narrow ridge crosses Sgùrr Choinnich Beag and curves round gracefully, leading the eyes to the hill
  3. Beinn na Socaich: for a spectacular view across the vast Chùl Choire to the ripped and torn cliffs of the north face
  4. Bealach Cumhann: for a close-up view of the hill mound and Coire na h-Ursainn
  5. Càrn Mòr Dearg: the CMD Arête offers an excellent view-point, a bit tricky for setting up a tripod though

THE LOCALE

The Aonachs reside between The Ben and The Grey Corries along the north wall of Glen Nevis. Approach can be made from Fort William (Polldubh), from the north where the Commando Memorial stands guard at Spean Bridge, and from the east along the glen itself. The best vantage points for the hill-portrait demand some effort to attain, requiring height to see over surrounding hills.

ALONG THE WAY:

Water of Nevis |  Meall Cumhann   |  Coire nan Laogh  |  Aonach Beag  |  cliffs!!!  |  Coire na h-Ursainn  |  Lower Falls

NEAREST BOTHY:

Meanach (but quite some distance away)

USUALLY WALKED WITH:

m008 Aonach Mòr


PLANNING

These links lead to the variety of walks, weather and maps to aid in planning your adventure to portray this hill.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR THIS MUNRO:

McNeish "The Munros" 1999 p.76  |  SMC Hillwalkers 2013 p.84  |  Walkhighlands "The Munros" 2019 p.390  |  Bothy Bible 2017 p.157


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