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Beinn Dearg [Blair Atholl]


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.
1008 m (3307 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.
124 of 282 Munros
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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.

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  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

The large summit cone of Beinn Dearg is orientated NNE to SSW and is surrounded by boulder covered slopes.

To the north lie two minor tops, Beinn Gharbh to the N and Elrig 'ic an Toisich to the NE, beyond which are gentle slopes to high moorland. To the W are steep sometimes craggy slopes into Glen Bruar, and to the SE similar slopes into Gleann Diridh.

Access is normally from Glen Bruar, either on the S face of Beinn Losgarnaich, to the W, or on the gentle slopes of Meall Dubh nan Dearcag, to the S.

Hazards you may encounter on Beinn Dearg [Blair Atholl] include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
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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 Routes that include Beinn Dearg [Blair Atholl]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1087 m 35.89 km 9.5 hrs Beinn Dearg [Blair Atholl]  An easy ascent, but the long approach makes this a strenuous route. You can cycle to the base of the hill to reduce route time, but about 40% of the road was resurfaced (1999/2000) with crushed rock which makes inclines difficult.  

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Jorja after a fair hike to Beinn Dearg. April 2013.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Me and Lesley at the summit 10.11.12

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

A wee rest at the Allt Sheicheachan bothy before heading up into the low cloud covering Beinn Dearg 25th June 2011

© Alistair Craig

Image by Alistair Craig

Summit of Beinn Dearg on a crap Saturday 25th June 2011

© Alistair Craig

Image by Alistair Craig
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David Scott
wrote on
June 22, 2013
Hit this hill starting at Old Blair. Cycled/ walked to bothy at Allt Sheicheachan then walked to summit and returned same way. I struggled to cycle in so just walked my bike most of way to bothy. Some guys I was chatting too cycled on past the bothy for another mile or so. The route from the bothy to summit took 1 hour 30 mins on good paths over gentle slopes. There is very few steep sections. The cycle back to old blair was amazing once I walked up short, steep section just past bothy. Taking a bike is highly recommended as it only took me about 30 mins to get back to car at car park!
Mike Marshall
wrote on
October 15, 2008
Did this using the Bothy at Allt Sheicheachan. I like a comfortable life, so I biked towing a BOB bike trailer. This meant I could bring logs (though some lads from Friarton had already brought loads of kindling), a small bottle of wine, and a Thermarest described by Trail magazine as the one to use if taking your granny camping. The deer gate meant a bit of stevedore work, but not much. Throw in the romp up Beinn Dearg accompanied by the sound of stags hooting at each other across the glen, and a still quiet rainfree evening with enough light to come down by - and it was a great trip.
Mike Benwell
wrote on
July 13, 2008
Also pleasant from Gleann Mhairc over Elrig'ic an Toisich. (Did this after climbing Carn a'Chlamain from Glen Tilt and camping in Gleann Mhairc.) Lots of mountain hares, no people.
Peter Lang
wrote on
August 27, 2006
During stalking season route from Old Bridge of Tilt car park via Minigaig drovers road to Sheicheachan Bothy and onwards to summit is always open to walkers - checked with Hillphones - estate message. Excellent route less than 6hrs including 1 hr stops when using bike to Bothy - steeper than appears as wear out brakes on fast descent
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 6, 2006
We walked from the car park at Old Bridge of Tilt. At 844722 we cut off a corner by following the stream north for a mile. It saved a little climbing but was not a very great advantage; in wet weather the peat bogs north of Meall Tionail would be tedious. At the top of the path from Allt Sheicheachan a path leads towards the summit, by-passing the south top.

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