Hills: Beinn Dearg Mor and Beinn Dearg Bheag
Date: Friday 18th June 2010
Company: Just me
Time: 11Hrs 20Mins
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.
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the route undertaken
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.
Looking across Gruinard River towards An Teallach:
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.
I took to the hillside a few hundred metres after crossing the bridge over the Allt Loch Ghuibsachain.
Beinn Dearg Bheag above 348m top:
I ascended towards the 348m top but skirted round the highest point.
Looking back along Gruinard River towards starting point:
Sail Mhor (zoomed):
An Teallach across Loch na Sealga:
En-route to the 392m top, I stopped for a look in the lochan. 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:
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:
Looking back towards 392m and 348m tops:
Loch na Sealga:
Sail Mhor across Loch na Sealga:
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:
Ruadh Stac Mor and A'Mhaighdean:
Looking back at down-climb:
Next hump on ridge:
Looking back along ridge:
Beinn a'Chasgein Mor:
Looking towards summit of Beinn Dearg Bheag:
Was glad that there was an easy by-pass round the next bit.
Looking back at avoidable down-climb:
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:
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:
Beinn Dearg Mor from bealach:
Sgurr Ban, Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and Beinn Tarsuinn:
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.
Approaching summit cairn of Beinn Dearg Mor:
Looking down towards Shenavall:
Beinn Dearg Bheag from Beinn Dearg Mor:
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:
Pinnacle near summit:
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:
Beinn Dearg Bheag from Coire Toll an Lochain:
Loch Toll an Lochain had quite a number of really large tadpoles in it.
Tadpoles in Loch Toll an Lochain:
Beinn Dearg Mor from Coire Toll an Lochain:
Beinn Dearg Bheag:
The descent towards Loch na Sealga is quite steep but straight-forward.
Loch na Sealga:
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:
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.
Looking back towards Beinn Dearg Bheag and Beinn Dearg Mor:
Really enjoyed this walk, albeit it was a long one.