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.
| |Beinn Ime under cloud. (Photo by: Boydie) | |Beinn Ime's southern slopes. (Photo by: Visentin) | |Southwest summit view. (Photo by: Boydie)
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;
- Seek local advice in regard to deer stalking or grouse shooting activities
- Ensure that all gates are closed behind you
- During the lambing season (March to May) ensure that all dogs are kept on a lead
- Please refrain from feeding or annoying any animals
- Limited parking space is available at the start of many routes, please ensure that you are not blocking a road and/or entrance
- Parking is provided at the start of some routes by the local farmers, it is polite to ask if you can use this facility
- Try to refrain from crossing fields with animals and/or crops if an alternative route is available
- Ensure that you treat the local environment with care by leaving it as you found it and by taking any litter home with you
- Any camp fires should be carefully watched and only used away from dense forest areas
Eastern view from Beinn Ime's summit.
Below is a list of possible accommodation venues that are located in the direct vacinity of Beinn Ime.
Colquhoun Arms Hotel
Lodge on Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond Youth Hostel
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;
- The larger the group, the harder it is to keep impacts to a minimum. Keep groups small.
- Camp as unobtrusively as possible.
- Remember that noise travels from tents disturbing wildlife as well as humans.
- Enjoy the freedom of wild camping without leaving a trace of your passage. Protect our country's outstanding scenery and wildlife as well as the wilderness experience.
- Camping on the same spot harms vegetation. Aim to move frequently and do not stay for any longer than 3 nights in the same place.
- Lighting fires poses a high fire risk on peaty soils and close to tinder dry grass. A high risk of fire can exist at any time of year, and not just in times of drought.
- Watercourses and loch sides are important sites for birds and animals. Take extra care when camping near burns and lochs, and try to avoid camping immediately beside them.
- Always find a spot at least 30 metres from fresh/running water when going to the toilet.
- Bury excrement in a small hole (not under boulders). A trowel or ice axe can be used to lift a flap of turf.
- Remove all litter (even other peoples!) Think ahead and only carry in what you are prepared to carry out.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland provides an invaluable leaflet providing a full breakdown of the dos and don'ts of wild camping in Scotland. Wild Camping, A guide to good practice
| |Southeast summit view. (Photo by: Boydie) | |Beinn Ime from The Cobbler. (Photo by: Daveyboy) | |Ben Vane & Vorlich from Ime's summit. (Photo by: Boydie)
Beinn Ime is accessible all year round however, as you can get four seasons in one day in Scotland, care should be taken at all times.
West Highlands Mountain Forecast
Maps & Books
Ski Mountaineering in Scotland
by Donald Bennet & Bill Wallace
The Southern Highlands
by Donald Bennet
Scottish Hill and Mountain Names
by Peter Drummond
by Cameron McNeish
The Munro Almanac
by Cameron McNeish
Climbers guide to Arran, Arrochar and the Southern Highlands
by K.V. Crocket & A. Walker
The Scottish Peaks
by W.A. Poucher
Cicerone Guide - Central and Southern Scottish Highlands – backpacking guide
by Graham Uney
Cicerone Guide - Scotland’s Mountain Ridges - A Guide to Scrambles and Climbs
by Dan Bailey
Cicerone Guide - The Munros Vol 1 - Southern, Central and Western Highlands
by Steve Kew
Landranger Map 56 - Loch Lomond & Inverary
OS Map Explorer sheet 364 - Loch Lomond North
Harvey Superwalker Map - Arrochar Alps
Looking into Glen Kinglass.
The Scottish Mountaineering Club
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland