0.00 km – From the car park beyond the stone bridge TURN RIGHT to cross the bridge then in 50 m at the end of the bridge TURN RIGHT and descend some stone steps to cross a stile in the fence into the grassy field.
0.05 km – Once across the stile BEAR RIGHT to follow the grassy path through the ferns to reach a stream crossing. Cross the stream and continue to follow the path to a rise.
0.20 km – At the small rise TURN LEFT onto a stony path and follow the path as it ascends. Then follow the vague path as to BEAR RIGHT across boggy ground to traverse the hillside – stay high to avoid the worst of the bog and take care when crossing the streams.
1.20 km – Round the ridge at approximately 150 m and BEAR LEFT to follow the vague path towards the mouth of the loch. You’ll be able to see the bulk of Beinn Shiantaidh ahead.
2.10 km – With the stream in the valley below continue traversing the hillside on the grassy path to eventually meet the top of the steam at the loch. In 300 m cross a stream and TURN RIGHT onto a wider grassy path and continue to the stream head.
2.90 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON on reaching a walled corner of the stream on a gravelly path and follow the stream to it’s head. In 100 m TURN RIGHT to cross the stream using the large boulder stepping stones then TURN LEFT to continue on the path along the right-hand side of the loch.
If you’re planning to walk to the loch only then you can turn around before the path crosses the stepping stones, perhaps after a picnic lunch admiring the wonderful view of the Paps. Retrace your steps to the car park and bridge to finish.
3.10 km – Where the path splits BEAR RIGHT to remain on the higher loch-side path. Continue to follow this grassy path for 1.7 km (this path could be boggy after wet weather).
4.80 km – TURN RIGHT off the loch-side path and follow a faint grassy path ascending for 200 m to reach the saddle between Beinn an Oir and Beinn Shiantaidh.
5.00 km – BEAR RIGHT to cross a stream (please take car when crossing) and continue ascending to the saddle.
5.50 km – TURN RIGHT onto a more defined path skirting the base of Beinn an Oir then TURN LEFT in 100 m to follow the path with a scree slope above on your right-hand side.
5.80/6.35 km – BEAR RIGHT to follow the path up a scree slope (please beware of anyone below you in case you dislodge and start a rock rolling downward).
6.50 km – After passing a rocky outcrop on your left BEAR LEFT following the path towards the ridgeline ahead. When you reach the ridgeline TURN LEFT onto it and follow the path towards the summit. You’ll come across two cairns on the ridge – forge a path between them through the boulder field.
6.90 km – When you reach the second cairn on the ridge descend slightly and continue STRAIGHT ON to pass between two shelters. Once in the dip ascend on the stony path towards the summit.
7.20 km – The summit trig point is situated in a shelter among the boulders. The view from here to the final Pap, Beinn a Chaolais, is spectacular. After resting and refuelling continue STRAIGHT ON towards the end of the ridge and descend just on the left side of the ridge on a path. Take care of the drop below from the narrow path.
7.50 km – BEAR RIGHT to traverse slightly around the ridge keeping to the gravelly path between the boulders. Then head directly down the ridge where the path becomes a “shute” of finer scree – there’s a small grassy plateau on the ridge below. [Take care on the scree and move slowly with it.]
7.60 km – From the grassy plateau continue STRAIGHT ON following the grassy path along the ridge with the rock outcrop on your right. Continue descending on the ridge path taking extra care of the steep drop to the right.
8.30 km – On reaching the flattened saddle with the lochan over the knoll on your right continue STRAIGHT ON to the path on the left of the outcrop line for 50 m then BEAR LEFT to pick up a faint grassy path descending on the north of the main stream into the loch staying high where possible to avoid the worst of the bog.
10.60 km – Once past the head of the loch the grassy path joins a slightly more defined path. Continue STRAIGHT ON this path towards the mouth of the loch.
11.30 km – With the knoll on your left you are now back where you diverted for Beinn Shiantaidh. Continue STRAIGHT ON to reach the river, cross it using the stepping stones in 200 m then TURN LEFT onto the path to follow the stream downhill.
11.30 km – BEAR RIGHT to follow the path over the ridge edge ahead in the distance over grassy boggy terrain.
13.20 km – Eventually reach the top of the ridgeline and BEAR RIGHT to follow the grassy path the way you came up as it skirts the hillside to descend in the direction of the road and bridge below.
14.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON over the stream then ascend slightly and BEAR RIGHT to follow the path through the ferns aiming for the bridge ahead.
14.40 km – Cross the stile in the fence then TURN RIGHT following the path over a stream and up the steps to the road, then TURN LEFT onto the road and cross the bridge.
14.50 km – Finish in the small car park just beyond the bridge where you began the walk. Now make your way back to Craighouse to enjoy a well-earned feast!