Beinn Lair, from Poolewe

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Beinn Lair is clearly seen when driving along Loch Maree, but this watery barrier makes it one of Scotland's remotest hills. Its hidden northern side is much more spectacular, with extensive and vast cliffs, whilst the views from the edge of its summit plateau are simply sensational. The shortest approach (without a boat) is the route given here from Poolewe; most choose to break the journey with a wildcamp by the head of Loch Fhada, or a stay at the nearby open shelter at Carnmore Stable. Bike is also a good option - easy cycling to the woods above Kernsary, then muddy track and single track path to Loch Fhada suitable for MTBs.


Track, then excellent stalkers path all the way to the Bealach Mheinnidh. Upper slopes pathless, rocky and wet in places.

Public Transport

Bus to Poolewe.


Car park in Poolewe. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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.

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