by Dan - February 19th, 2012
19 miles south of Mingulay House and 7 miles north of Oban is Beinn Lora. It’s just over 300 metres high and overlooks Benderloch and Tralee Beach. The walk is 3 miles long, and starts from the small car park in the village. It takes about 2 hours (if you are of moderate fitness) and if you climb to the top you will be 1010 ft high.
Beinn Lora holds a hill race every year, this year it is on the 2nd December 2012. It is part of the Scottish Hill Racing.
Last year the Beinn Lora Hill Race was on Sunday the 27th November 2011 and the winner was James Tullie, a Doctor I work with in A/E at the Lorn & Islands Hospital. His record breaking winning time was 0:25:50 – fantastic. The female champion is Nicola Meekin who holds the record time of 0:29:57 in 2010.
The distance in 5km and the climb is 340km.
A 20-25 minute drive from Mingulay House and you will arrive at the car park at the base of Beinn Lora. There is a choice of trails available from the car park and all of the walks give views over the Firth of Lorne. My friend & I took the blue markers & walked up Ben Lora yesterday. We took Minnie our gorgeous dog and we all loved it. We did not make it right to the top; it was a bog and would have squelched right over my MBT’s!! – Next time I will wear walking boots! We stopped at the boundary of the forest and had a wee rest at the picnic table. The path gets steep quite quickly but the views are fantastic. It was a clear day, and we could see south towards Oban, east towards Beinn Cruachan and north towards Glencoe. Just lovely x