Aonach Mor

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Aonach Mor
Aonachs from Banavie.jpg
Distant view of Aonach Mòr from Banavie
Range: Nevis Range
Summit: 4,006 feet NN193729
56°48’45"N, 4°57’42"W

Aonach Mor is a mountain in Inverness-shire, which reaches a height of 4,006 feet at its summit, and so it qualifies as a Munro. It is to be found in the Nevis Range, about two miles north-east of Ben Nevis on the south side of Glen Spean, near the town of Fort William.

The Nevis Range ski area is on the northern slopes of the peak; the use of this name has inspired some controversy, as it has been considered by some to represent a deliberate seizure of the name.

The name Aonach Mòr implies that the mountain is bigger than its close neighbour to the south, Aonach Beag (small ridge), to which it is linked by a high bealach. However Aonach Mòr is 43 feet lower than Aonach Beag; the names refer to the relative bulk of the mountains when seen from the valley, rather than their altitude above sea level.

The ski resort features a gondola lift and several chairlifts and ski tows. In winter these are used for skiing and snowboarding; in summer the gondola is used for lifting riders to the top of the downhill mountain biking track. It is also used by paraglider pilots to reach a variety of launching points.

The Nevis Range resort has hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup eleven times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007.[1]


The main route of ascent (assuming that one disdains to take the gondola to the top station at 2,100 feet) is from the south from Glen Nevis; the walker thus avoiding the paraphernalia associated with the ski development.

Aonach Mòr is almost invariably climbed in conjunction with Aonach Beag.

Aonach Mor's Coire an Lochain holds one of Britain's longest lasting snow-patches (at NN193736), which sits at an altitude of 3,675 feet.


  1. Nevis Range's Website

Munros in SMC Area SMC Section 4 - Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht

Am BodachAn GearanachAonach Beag (Alder)Aonach Beag (Nevis)Aonach MorBeinn a' ChlachairBeinn BheoilBeinn EibhinnBeinn na LapBen AlderBen NevisBinnein BeagBinnein MòrCàrn Dearg (Alder)Càrn Dearg (Loch Ossian)Càrn Mòr DeargChno DeargCreag PitridhGeal CharnGeal Charn, ArdverekieMullach nan CoireanNa GruagaicheanSgor GaibhreSgurr a' MhàimSgùrr Choinnich MòrSgùrr Eilde MòrStob a' Choire MheadhoinStob Bàn, Grey CorriesStob Bàn, MamoresStob Choire ClaurighStob Coire a' ChairnStob Coire an LaoighStob Coire EasainStob Coire Sgriodain