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Off the leash on the Beinn Dearg 4.

Off the leash on the Beinn Dearg 4.


Postby mamoset » Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:21 pm

Route description: Beinn Dearg - the Four Munros circuit

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Dearg (Ullapool), Cona' Mheall, Eididh nan Clach Geala, Meall nan Ceapraichean

Date walked: 31/07/2020

Time taken: 11.3 hours

Distance: 27 km

Ascent: 1600m

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Finally able to cross the border, our preferred mountain to tackle was An Teallach. Unfortunately, as the date approached, so did a strong wind. Fortunately, there are enough mountains left to visit, and the Beinn Dearg group of Munros was a fitting Plan B. The drive took a bit longer than anticipated, having set off at 9:00PM but we eventually left the car at 5:45AM near Inverlael Bridge. A good path leads through the forest, alongside River Lael, eventually coming out into Gleann na Squaib.
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Down Gleann na Squaib.
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Eas Fionn waterfall.
The wind was fairly strong blowing down the Glen and it came as a bit of a relief to leave it and head left, leading up to Lochan a' Chnapaich. After a short stop, we made our way up to the ridge and on to Eididh nan Clach Geala.
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Moody looking An Teallach from EnCG ridge.
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Meall nan Ceapraichean & Beinn Dearg.
There was extensive views from here, though the summer haze stopped it being as clear as we would have liked.
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Distant Assynt hills.
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Seana Bhraigh.
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Eididh nan Clach Geala summit.
Headed down to the bealach on a good path, before ascending Meall nan Ceapraichean.
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The bealach.
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Not a bad lunch spot.
Met 3 walkers here who had wild camped in awful weather so it seems we picked the right day. :lol:
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Cona' Mheall & Beinn Dearg.
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Meall nan Ceapraichean summit.
Not much to hang around on the summit for, so made for our next break spot which was at the wall near Lochan Uaine.
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Lochan Uaine & Beinn Dearg.
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Cona' Mheall.
We ditched the bags here, as Cona' Mheall is an out and back walk; it's nice to lose the load sometimes :clap:
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Loch Prille & waterfall.
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Cona' Mheall summit.
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Seana Bhraigh & Creag an Duine from Cona' Mheall.
From CM, I was surprised to see what a big mountain Beinn Dearg actually is, stretching off in all directions.
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Beinn Dearg towering over Meall nan Ceapraichean.
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Loch a' Choire Ghranda.
We had noticed a few walkers coming down from BD, but as we started the ascent, it was like the floodgates opened. :lol: We were expecting this area to be relatively quiet, but it seems so many others had the same thought :shock: Anyway, it was an easy ascent, following the wall, to finally reach the 4th and last Munro of the day.
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Beinn Dearg summit.
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The long ridge down off Beinn Dearg.
Sat atop BD for a while, taking in the views & enjoying the warmth. Rather than retrace our steps, we had already decided to follow the long ridge of BD over Meall Breac & Creag-na-h-Iolaire, to reach the track and the beginning of the forest, which would then lead us back to the car.
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Looking back to Beinn Dearg.
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Eididh nan Clach Geala to Meall nan Ceapraichean.
We had a room booked at Aultguish Inn, but upon arrival, we decided a refreshing beer took precedence over sorting our digs out :lol: A really great day out and we're already looking forward to coming back up this way again.
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Re: Off the leash on the Beinn Dearg 4.

Postby Grisu » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:00 am

Interesting route! I did the four munros two weeks later but - as I would say - the usual round - on a very hot summer day and I was wondering about the stunning long wall.
Thanks for your report! :clap: It brings back nice memories and reminds me to write my report :wink:
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Re: Off the leash on the Beinn Dearg 4.

Postby mamoset » Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:09 pm

Grisu wrote:Interesting route! I did the four munros two weeks later but - as I would say - the usual round - on a very hot summer day and I was wondering about the stunning long wall.
Thanks for your report! :clap: It brings back nice memories and reminds me to write my report :wink:

Hi Grisu
We took the route we did just to make it more of a "round" though it was a looong walk off Beinn Dearg after such a long day :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Off the leash on the Beinn Dearg 4.

Postby Grisu » Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:58 pm

I can imagine but the other route over EnCG was very looong too as are alomst all walks in this area
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