Route: This walk is a standard pairing of two Munros and can be done in either direction.
Note, however, that the anti-clockwise direction ends in a potentially difficult river crossing.
Indeed, it is unwise to descend the S ridge of Beinn Teallach in very wet conditions
expecting to be able to cross the Allt a'Chaorainn.
Check the river level before ascending either hill and,
if crossing at the usual ford is likely to prove difficult or dangerous,
return from the summit of Beinn Teallach to the bealach
and follow the path the full length of the Allt a'Chaorainn,
crossing to the east bank much higher up, as indicated on the map (at about 525m).
The hills are easily climbed separately with a return either directly southwards from their summits
or indirectly via the head of the Allt a'Chaorainn valley.
Note that the true top of Beinn Teallach was established by differential GPS in 2009 as being just over 3000' and the highest point is at the smaller NE cairn, not at the apparently main SW cairn.
The speeds below are slow because of very hard work walking in soft snow.
Mobile: Orange at main SW cairn of Beinn Teallach, not at neighbouring smaller NE summit cairn.
|1150||Park on A86 at Roughburn, ½ mile E of Laggan Dam||270||0||0.0 miles||NN37748136|
|1205||Track NW through forestry to fork||330||60||0.8 miles||NN37128214|
|1215||Left at fork, and take track NW then W
down to gate at forest edge by river.
|Ascend NE direct to T Beinn a'Chaorainn, S top||1049||805||3.4 miles||NN38628449|
|1440||N to M Beinn a'Chaorainn summit||1052||835||NN38608507|
|1500||NNW/N/NNE to T Beinn a'Chaorainn, N top||1044||875||4.3 miles||NN38408573|
|1540||N/NW/W to bealach by gate just short of cairn||615||5.6 miles||NN37078676|
|1635||Path W onto ridge then SW up ridge to true (NE) top
of M Beinn Teallach (100m before main SW cairn)
|1640||SW to Beinn Teallach, main SW cairn.||914||1190||6.6 miles||NN36008590|
|Either descend S ridge to ford of Allt a'Chaorainn||8.9 miles||NN36328224|
|1645||Or return NE to M Beinn Teallach summit cairn||915||1200||6.7 miles||NN36138597|
|1715||Descend ridge NE/E to gate at bealach
(Keep an eye on Loch Sguadaig as reference point.)
|Path S on W bank to re-cross river at ford||525||NN37088603|
|1915||Path S on E bank to gate at forest edge||305||10.8 miles||NN36488214|
|1925||Then track E to fork in forest.||330||1225||11.3 miles||NN37128214|
|1940||Right fork SW/SE back to Roughburn (no Orange)||270||12.1 miles||NN37748136|