Beinn Dearg, Torridon

Beinn Dearg by Michael Stirling-Aird
Beinn Dearg by Michael Stirling-Aird

Munro “baggers” often miss this one because it falls short of the magic 3,000 ft mark.  In 2007, the Munro Society, yes there is one,  commissioned a professional survey of Beinn Dearg in order to ascertain its height, and determine whether it might in fact be categorised as a Munro. The summit was found to be 2,999 ft, tantalizingly short. For this reason it is climbed far less than the three Munros surrounding it, Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe. A pity really because Beinn Dearg affords wonderful views of the major Torridon hills.

Looking North over Beinn Dearg Corrie by Michael Stirling-Aird

I climbed this in the Summer of 2004 with my brother William. It was a blazingly hot day with not a cloud in the sky. The ascent was pretty straightforward really up the steep western side you see above. Coming down though was far more problematic as we came down the same way – sheer laziness really as it is the shortest way to get back on to the Alligin pathway and home. We should have come down the more gently inclining northern slope (the left side of the above picture). As it was we had to frequently retrace our steps as and when we came up against the numerous blind escarpments which you could only see when you were right upon them. In the end we adopted the effective, if undignified, “backside method” of descending a mountain.

Beinn Dearg by Michael Stirling-Aird

Memorable because it has been the only time that I have actually experienced hot, dry and windless conditions on top of a Scottish mountain. The opposite is the norm.

Looking North from North Corrie of Beinn Dearg by Michael Stirling-Aird

Looking North from North Corrie of Beinn Dearg by Michael Stirling-Aird


About The Weary Traveller

I like to walk up and down hills. I've been so very fortunate to have lived most of my life in the Far East (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and the Middle East (Qatar, Oman and U.A.E). I now live and work in Bangkok. I'm past the half century now and can't help but feel that some of the mountains that I've climbed lately I should have done yesteryear. The mind is willing if the legs are not always so. Here are some stories and realized dreams of hills climbed and, dales and deserts crossed. With a bit of art thrown in. I hope you might enjoy.
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