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Beinn Dearg [Ullapool]


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1084 m (3556 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
57 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Red hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  20   Beinn Dearg & Loch Broom, Ben Wyvis

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Beinn Dearg is the highest and most impressive of its group. It is a massive mountain with crags lining its N and E faces, most impressive of which are the magnificent cliffs of Coire Ghranda, which separates Beinn Dearg from Cona' Mheall.

An ascent can be made via the S ridge, starting from the road by Loch Droma, but this requires crossing the Allt a' Gharbhain which is risky in all but the driest weather.

There is however a path from Lochdrum onto Meall Feith Dhiongaig which will take you higher to cross smaller burns. Other possible access route are via the NW ridge, which forms the S wall of Gleann na Squaib, direct from the bealach at the head of Gleann na Squaib up the steep narrow NE ridge, or on paths from the A835 at Braemore Junction.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Dearg [Ullapool] include
 Unbridged River to cross.
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Beinn Dearg [Ullapool].

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 Routes that include Beinn Dearg [Ullapool]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1759 m 25.80 km 8.5 hrs Beinn Dearg [Ullapool], Cona' Mheall, Meall nan Ceapraichean and Eididh nan Clach Geala  This is a big day with some steep slopes to ascend. You can shorten the route by omitting Cona' Meall which can be climbed from the south or west.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Beinn Dearg [Ullapool]

 Baggers Gallery for Beinn Dearg [Ullapool]

Not a very picturesque summit. Broad and flat, but giving us some good views. 14/07/2011

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James at cairn on summit 14/07/2011

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

The first of four on a fantastic windless day. 4th June 2011

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge

On the summit of Beinn Dearg, An Teallach in the background

© John Elrick

Image by John Elrick
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Mark Smith
wrote on
September 8, 2010
If possible take a bike into the end of forest, great day out with fantastic views
Donald Macaulay
wrote on
May 26, 2009
Could easily use bike to edge of forest
Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 27, 2008
In winter conditions this hill is quite a hard ascent from Inverlael, not far from point 886m it is possible to follow a dry stone dyke most of the way up but with deep snow this was quite tough. A fine mountain though with good views of The Fannaichs; and when added with Cona' Mheall and Meall nan Ceapraichean makes a fine circuit in full Winter conditions which took 8 hours (23/11/06)
Jon Pearson
wrote on
November 4, 2004
An imposing hill, I prefer to walk in from the south rather than Inverlael as the corrie/lochan between (and ridge over) Conival is superb and usually deserted.

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