Ladhar Bheinn: a great place for a nunatak

Moon over Ladhar Bheinn 11

This is Scotland at its wildest – Knoydart, a peninsula in the north-west, which consists of nothing but mountains, rivers and forest with a few farms and cottages scattered around the perimeter.

Ladhar Bheinn, the mountain pictured here, is one of Knoydart’s Munros, rising to 3,346 feet;  geologists believe that the peak was almost completely covered with ice during the last Ice Age, leaving just a small pyramid of bare rock protruding above 3,100 feet.   This feature is known as a ‘nunatak’, and from some angles it is easy to see.

According to ‘Land of Mountain and Flood – the Geology and Landforms of Scotland’ by McKirdy, Gordon and Crofts: A line known as the periglacial trim line marks a boundary between frost-weathered rock on the summit… and ice-scoured bedrock along the ridge below.

Moon over Ladhar Bheinn 2

In the above image, the ‘nunatak’ is just visible with snow on it, to the right of and behind the central summit.   (Ladhar Bheinn is pronounced ‘Laa-ven‘.)

Knoydart book (1)You can read about the geology of Knoydart and much, much more in a new book that has just been released: ‘Knoydart – Landscape, History, People’ by Joanne Woolf and Jim Manthorpe, and published by Madwolf Design;  ISBN 978-0-9556968-4-8.

Priced at 4.95 plus p&p, it’s available from the Knoydart Foundation, telephone 01687 462242.

Photos copyright © Colin Woolf


  1. Hooray, your book’s out – congratulations! One day I really hope I can visit this area.

  2. Susan Abernethy says:

    Congratulations on the book Jo! That’s wonderful. And the mountain is magnificent.

  3. Homestead Ramblings says:

    Wonderful! 🙂

  4. Any way to pick your brain about this place? I am searching for something workable in my novel.

    • Of course! What would you like to know? I don’t have a great deal of specialist knowledge (such as detailed geology), but I have done some research into Knoydart’s history and landscape. Drop me an email at jo (at) first of all.

  5. Glad I found this – I used to work at Camusrory at the end of Loch Nevis when it was an adventure centre in the early 70’s.

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