Beinn Ime (translation: Butter Hill) is located just north of the famous Arrochar summit of The Cobbler and is No.118 in the Scottish Munros table. Sitting at a height of 1011m/3317ft it is the highest of all the peaks in the Cowal & The Arrochar Alps District. There are two tops with the highest being the one at the northwest end of the summit ridge. This is clearly marked by the large circular cairn that provides excellent shelter in fouler weather. The east, west and northern sides of the mountain are fairly rugged, and for this, reason most ascents are done via the easier southern side that is broad and grassy.
As stated, Beinn Ime is best approched from Arrochar in the south, where most people usually do it in conjunction with either The Cobbler or Beinn Narnain or even both. It is possible to approach from the east at Inveruglas also, where a three peak circuit of Ben Vane, Ime and Beinn Narnain can be done.
Rock climbing on Beinn Ime can be found on the east face and is concentrated on Fan Gully Buttress, which is roughly 120m high. Most notable routes on this section are; Ben's Fault, 120m, Airy Ridge, 100m and Buttress Route, 120m. Winter climbing routes available include; Fan Gully, 100m, Hanging Groove, 170m and Forked Gully, 150m. The winter climbing routes vary from Grade II to Grade IV.
The best city in Scotland for Beinn Ime is Glasgow, however access can be gained from a variety of locations. Beinn Ime is best climbed from Arrochar in the south, but can also be climbed from Glen Kinglass in the west.
There are a variety of airports throughout Scotland that would provide easy access to Beinn Ime. Below are a selection of the homepages for these airports;
Prestwick International Airport
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Glasgow Queen Street station direct to Arrochar.
Buses run daily from Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow to Arrochar.
Scottish City Link info
There is no red tape in Scotland due to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which incorporated the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This code, which commenced on the 9th of February 2005, has established statutory rights of access to land and inland water for outdoor recreation.
The Land Reform(Scotland) Act 2003
Scottish Outdoor Access Code
The following aspects should be taken into consideration when you are in the Scottish countryside;
Below is a list of possible accommodation venues that are located in the direct vacinity of Beinn Ime.
Wild camping is totally legal in Scotland and can be done in various locations close to Beinn Ime. This is due to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 that was mentioned earlier.
Here are some of the basic rules that should be adopted when wild camping;
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