Beinn Ghlas from the western slopes of Ben Lawers
|Summit:|| 3,619 feet NN625404 |
The mountain rises from the north shore of Loch Tay. It is on the popular path to Ben Lawers from the National Trust for Scotland car park, with the result that many walkers traverse the summit of Beinn Ghlas without realising it. The popularity of the path meant that it suffered from severe erosion, but it has been reconstructed in recent years.
Its name is Gaelic and means "Grey-green mountain", which refers to the colour of the mica-schist that makes up the bulk of the mountain and that falls as a scree on its south-western side. The path up the mountain leads past outcrops of this rock that also reveal large garnets.
The usual route to the summit leaves from the car park, follows Edramucky Burn, and climbs to the south-western ridge of the mountain. The deep corrie of Coire Odhar (the dun-coloured corrie) lies to the north. Walkers who continue on to Ben Lawers can avoid the 330-foot re-ascent of Beinn Ghlas on their return by taking the path that runs west of the summit, down to Coire Odhar.