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Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag


Postby foggieclimber » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:13 am

Route description: Beinn Dearg Mor and Beinn Dearg Bheag, from Gruinard

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Dearg Bheag, Beinn Dearg Mor

Date walked: 18/06/2010

Time taken: 11.33 hours

Distance: 31 km

Ascent: 1830m

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A retro-report from Fisherfield, June 2010>

Hills: Beinn Dearg Mor and Beinn Dearg Bheag
Date: Friday 18th June 2010
Company: Just me
Time: 11Hrs 20Mins
Distance: c.31km
Ascent: c.1830m
Dog friendly: No


Last night I packed my tent, and all the associated paraphernalia, for a trip to Fisherfield. After lifting the rucksack, I instantly changed my mind and instead decided to just go in and out for a day. Walking is much more enjoyable with a light pack. :)

In previous visits to Fisherfield/Letterewe, I have went in three times from Poolewe and twice from Corrie Hallie. Today, for a change, I opted to go in from Gruinard.

I parked on a verge near Inchina. Room for several cars on verge.

Today the air was filled with birdsong. Cuckoos were cuckooing and sandpipers were piping. Dragonflies and damselflies were darting about chasing each other. I found the five mile walk-in, alongside the River Gruinard, really pleasant.

Gruinard River:
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Gruinard River:
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Looking across Gruinard River towards An Teallach:
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As I walked along the track, a dragonfly landed beside me. Unusually, by the time I got the camera out and powered it up, the dragonfly was still there :D.

Golden-ringed dragonfly:
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I took to the hillside a few hundred metres after crossing the bridge over the Allt Loch Ghuibsachain.

Beinn Dearg Bheag above 348m top:
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I ascended towards the 348m top but skirted round the highest point.

Looking back along Gruinard River towards starting point:
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Sail Mhor (zoomed):
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An Teallach across Loch na Sealga:
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I also skirted round the highest point of the 392m top.

As I approached closer to Beinn Dearg Bheag it started to look quite intimidating – seriously steep and craggy.

Really steep ridge of Beinn Dearg Bheag above 392m top:
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An Teallach:
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I started ascending a wet grassy gully. I could see no human footprints only deer tracks and soon began to question if I was on the correct route. I wasn't happy so I descended back to the base and instead made my way up the crags. The scrambling didn't last long and the ascent became much easier. I was overtaken by a couple who had biked in from Gruinard and we met again at various points throughout the day.

Ascent of Beinn Dearg Bheag:
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Looking back towards 392m and 348m tops:
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Loch na Sealga:
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Sail Mhor across Loch na Sealga:
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I reached the summit ridge without too much difficulty. The following section, leading towards the summit, does involve scrambling (some avoidable and some unavoidable). I wouldn't recommend this route to anyone who doesn't like scrambling or exposure.

Cairn marking start of summit ridge:
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Ruadh Stac Mor and A'Mhaighdean:
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Ridge:
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Looking back at down-climb:
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Next hump on ridge:
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Looking back along ridge:
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Beinn a'Chasgein Mor:
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Looking towards summit of Beinn Dearg Bheag:
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Was glad that there was an easy by-pass round the next bit.

Looking back at avoidable down-climb:
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I spent a short time at the summit speaking with the couple who had overtaken me earlier.

Looking back along ridge from summit of Beinn Dearg Bheag:
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The descent from Beinn Dearg Bheag towards Beinn Dearg Mor was really straight-forward as was the ascent of Beinn Dearg Mor.

Beinn Dearg Mor and Loch Toll an Lochain:
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Beinn Dearg Mor from bealach:
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Sgurr Ban, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and Beinn Tarsuinn:
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Beinn a'Chlaidheimh:
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During the ascent of Beinn Dearg Mor, I misjudged my current height and was pleasantly surprised to reach the large summit cairn when I thought I still had about another 100m of ascent to go :D.

Approaching summit cairn of Beinn Dearg Mor:
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Looking down towards Shenavall:
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Beinn Dearg Bheag from Beinn Dearg Mor:
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The nearby pinnacle was so tempting, I had to get my photo taken on it.
It is much easier than it looks.

Myself on pinnacle near summit:
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Pinnacle near summit:
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After a quick bite to eat, I returned to the col between Beinn Dearg Mor and Beinn Dearg Bheag and then descended into Coire Toll an Lochain.

Approaching Loch Toll an Lochain:
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Beinn Dearg Bheag from Coire Toll an Lochain:
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Loch Toll an Lochain had quite a number of really large tadpoles in it.

Tadpoles in Loch Toll an Lochain:
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Beinn Dearg Mor from Coire Toll an Lochain:
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Beinn Dearg Bheag:
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The descent towards Loch na Sealga is quite steep but straight-forward.

Loch na Sealga:
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The track alongside Loch na Sealga is not fantastic. At one point I lost the track and ended-up trying to wade through thigh-deep bracken. I felt relieved to reach the end of Loch na Sealga but was disappointed that the boat house, marked on the 1:25000 map, is no longer there.

Loch na Sealga:
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The five mile walk from Loch na Sealga back out to Inchina was quite sore on the feet. During the walk out a sandpiper was flying alongside me from rock to rock.

Common Sandpiper:
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Looking back towards Beinn Dearg Bheag and Beinn Dearg Mor:
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Really enjoyed this walk, albeit it was a long one.
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby malky_c » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:40 am

Brilliant - looking forward to some long, warm days now :D . Had to do a quick check there as I was sure I'd read this report before. Good to see it again though 8)

My variation on this was one of my favourite days out ever. Reading that makes me want to do it again!
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby foggieclimber » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:02 am

Looking forward to Spring and sun too.
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby magicdin » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:57 am

Good report foggieclimber - looks a really fine approach
I still feel a wee bit guilty about the route I took to these hills
(walked through from carnmore and up to bealach from south)
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby Alastair S » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:58 pm

Fantastic :D

Biking in sounds like a good idea. There's no bridge over the Allt Loch Ghuibsachain marked on the 1:25,000 map (just fords) so good to know there's now is one.
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby pollyh33 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:12 pm

Fab report!!! Can't wait for the better weather to take on a challenge like this!! :D
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby Merry-walker » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:23 pm

Beautiful report

Love the pictures

looking forward to the long, warm walks ahead :D
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:47 am

Great report 8) . Admired those hills from both An Teallach and the Fisherfield, they look absolutely superb. Having seen your pics I think if I ever get up them I might find them pretty tricky :shock:
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby foggieclimber » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:02 am

Paul Webster wrote:Great report 8) . Admired those hills from both An Teallach and the Fisherfield, they look absolutely superb. Having seen your pics I think if I ever get up them I might find them pretty tricky :shock:


The scrambling isn't as hard as it looks :). I think all scrambling could be avoided by heading up to the col between Beinn Dearg Mhor and Beinn Dearg Bheag instead of going along the ridge however doing the ridge is a nice route.
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby audreywaugh » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:08 am

Love your report and pics Foggie, going up that way for 2 weeks in June so maybe could squeeze that walk in as well, although the amount of hills/walks/cycles I want to do in 2 weeks is getting out of hand :lol: :lol:
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby ChrisW » Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:11 pm

Great report, nice to see something green rather than white :lol: I find myself in awe of anyone who can walk for 11 bleedin hours, hats off to you foggie :clap:
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby TheseKnivesMan » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:41 am

I've been all over An Teallach in Summer and Winter, through all the Fisherfields and live less than 30 miles away from this, can see them from my house! But yet I've never done this route. Looks breathtaking! Beinn Dearg Beag looks a great ridge walk. Awesome report!
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby foggieclimber » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:56 am

TheseKnivesMan wrote:I've been all over An Teallach in Summer and Winter, through all the Fisherfields and live less than 30 miles away from this, can see them from my house! But yet I've never done this route. Looks breathtaking! Beinn Dearg Beag looks a great ridge walk. Awesome report!


Thanks. You are so lucky to stay in such a wonderful area.
I'd be happy to just walk in North-West Highlands and nowhere else.
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby clivegrif » Sun May 19, 2013 1:07 pm

Hello Foggie

Thanks for this excellent report that has answered all my questions about bikes & bridges! :clap:

Hope to be having a go at this one next month.

Best wishes
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Re: Beinn Dearg Mor & Beinn Dearg Bheag

Postby 35munros » Thu May 14, 2015 7:50 pm

A week after my 70th birthday followed more or less this route and certainly getting up the first part of Beinn Dearg Beag ridge is not to be taken lightly and nor are the rock steps. A terrific hard day on the hill nevertheless, how many munro days are harder or better than this, answer not many. Took about the same time 11 1/2 hours but did use a bike up the Gruinard River. Great report. Go and do it while you can.
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