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Beinn Dearg circular (the Cairngorms one!)

Beinn Dearg circular (the Cairngorms one!)

Postby denfinella » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:03 pm

Route description: Beinn Dearg from near Blair Atholl

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl)

Date walked: 06/10/2018

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 29 km

Ascent: 1000m

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Our first proper hillwalk for a couple of months, and the first since moving to Edinburgh in August! Time to head back to the Cairngorms - our "local" Highlands now - to climb the isolated Munro of Beinn Dearg from near Blair Atholl.

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A fairly early start got us to the car park for a respectably early 9.15am, with the temperature dropping to a chilly -1C. Autumn has well and truly arrived!

Glen Tilt is a springboard for a lot of serious, multi-day hikes, and was fairly full with cars parked overnight, as well as people booting up with serious-looking backpacks. Our day gear looked a bit measly by comparison - but we were the only ones on the lane heading west towards Glen Banvie.


The track soon climbs into the woods at The Den, but instead of following the main route we diverted onto some side paths which follow the burn more closely. This is well worth doing - as well as being more scenic, we spotted a couple of red squirrels and an old grotto / well in the middle of the forest. The middle section was a little more overgrown with a couple of fallen trees, but nothing too awkward.






Out of the woods after a mile, and then across the moor for several more...

Glen Banvie:


Allt na Moine Baine:


Cairn and tree in the middle of nowhere:


Allt an t-Seapail:


After such a long distance through a wide open landscape, Allt Scheicheachan bothy is in a surprisingly intimate location. Spotless inside which was nice to see.



The glen gets narrower and narrower until a track comes down from the right. This is used for the return route, while the path to the summit of Beinn Dearg zig-zags up to the left:


Short, steep ascent to 800 metres, then across a boggy plateau with the summit visible in the distance:


Noticeably chilly at the summit, with snow showers over the higher hills to the north, and a few flakes overhead. Views pretty good, but we don't know this hills well enough to identify many of the similar-looking summits.




Southeast to (?) Beinn Mheadhonach:


Time to head back now - firstly backtracking to the track junction at the head of the glen, with a ford to cross - no problem with wet feet today.


More expansive moorland (and a couple more burn crossings):


Splashes of autumn colour:


Finally back into the forest, this time with good views across lower Glen Tilt:



Again we detoured from the main track to stay on smaller paths and tracks near the burn. This doesn't add much more (if any) distance, but nice scenery again. The Falls of Fender marked on the OS map aren't really visible from the path however.



A long way for a single Munro, but good for getting away from it all, and nice to be out amongst the higher hills again.
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Re: Beinn Dearg circular (the Cairngorms one!)

Postby litljortindan » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:06 pm

That is very cute and cooperative squirrel!
My memory of Beinn Dearg is that it was a soothing experience with Granite City Walkers shortly after the sensory overload of ten days on the Lofoten Islands. Maybe only rolling hills but there's still something special about the landscape.
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