THE STORY

Aonach Mòr is actually lower in height than its neighbour Aonach Beag, but it is easy to see how this mountain got its name - it is the huge ridge thrusting out towards Loch Lochy that first catches the eye, and when viewed from the Great Glen it appears as a great back. Its secretive corries and buttresses are revealed more fully to those who tread the summit. Just be wary of the cliff edges.

photograph source: Richard Wood  (The Magic of the Munros, Irvine Butterfield)

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

background image © Google Earth

THE VIEW-POINTS

  1. Lochaber Farm: just beyond the farm shop are a few parking areas, and they provide an excellent end-on view of the ridge
  2. Spean Bridge: the hill forms a large part of the horizon from this vantage point
  3. Beinn na Socaich: for a spectacular view across the vast Chùl Choire to the ripped and torn cliffs of the north face
  4. Sgùrr Choinnich Mòr: the narrow ridge crosses Sgùrr Choinnich Beag and curves round gracefully, leading the eyes to the hill
  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  |  cliffs!!!  |  Aonach Mòr  |  Coire na h-Ursainn  |  Lower Falls

NEAREST BOTHY:

Meanach (but quite some distance away)

USUALLY WALKED WITH:

m007 Aonach Beag


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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