Beinn Dorain

Beinn Dorain (Gaelic: Beinn Dòbhrain 'hill of the streamlet' or 'hill of the otters'), is a mountain located in the Bridge of Orchy hills of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is the subject of Duncan Ban MacIntyre's best known Gaelic poem, "Moladh Beinn Dòbhrainn" (English: "In Praise of Ben Doran"):; MacIntyre had worked as a gamekeeper in these parts.

An t-urram thar gach beinn
Aig Beinn Dòbhrain;
De na chunnaic mi fon ghrèin,
'S i bu bhòidhche leam…

English translation:

Honour beyond each ben
for Ben Doran;
Of all I have seen beneath the sun,
she is the most glorious for me

The mountain is easily accessible from the Bridge of Orchy railway station, from where a path leads up to the bealach separating Beinn Dorain from Beinn an Dothaidh: the two hills are frequently climbed together from this point.

The English composer Ronald Stevenson composed a work for full chorus, chamber chorus, symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra based on MacIntyre's poem, entitled Moladh Beinn Dobhrain (In praise of Ben Dorain) in 2007. In this lyrical, tonal work, Stevenson used the original text and Hugh Macdiarmid's English translation of the verse. It was premiered on 19 January 2008 in Glasgow with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera Chorus, Glasgow University Chapel Choir and The Edinburgh Singers.

Munros of Scotland: Loch Rannoch to Loch Tay
  • An Stùc
  • Beinn Achaladair
  • Beinn Challuim
  • Beinn a' Chreachain
  • Beinn Dòrain
  • Beinn an Dòthaidh
  • Beinn Ghlas
  • Beinn Heasgarnich
  • Ben Lawers
  • Beinn Mhanach
  • Càrn Gorm
  • Càrn Mairg
  • Creag Mhòr
  • Meall Corranaich
  • Meall nan Aighean
  • Meall Buidhe
  • Meall a' Choire Leith
  • Meall Ghaordaidh
  • Meall Garbh (Càrn Mairg Group)
  • Meall Garbh (Lawers Group)
  • Meall Glas
  • Meall Greigh
  • Meall nan Tarmachan
  • Schiehallion
  • Sgiath Chùil
  • Stuchd an Lochain
List of Munros

Coordinates: 56°30′09″N 4°43′23″W / 56.50237°N 4.72301°W / 56.50237; -4.72301


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