Maol Chean-dearg ascent, Coulags
Maol Chean-dearg, named bald red head on account of its red sandstone boulder summit and lower band of white quartzite, is a popular Munro. The ascent involves a pleasant walk in along the Fionn abhainn with good views of the prow of Meall nan Ceapairean on the way. The section of scree is steep but short and the route above this presents no difficulties. There are great views from the summit, particularly of Torridon to the north.
Well constructed paths up the glen, then an easy to follow stony zig zag path to the bealach. The climb to the summit involves a path up steep quartzite scree and a final climb up over sandstone boulders.
None to start.
Coulags on A890.
Hillwalking in Winter
Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
As well as reading our description of each walking route, you can read about the experiences of others users on this walk and others.
There are 24 user reports for this walk - click to read them.