We ascended Beinn Dearg last year pretty much around the time it was being debated is it, or isn't it, a Munro?
We set out from the Car Park between Torridon and Inveralligin along the path next to the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil. Beinn Alligin's two Munros and three horns looked fantastic on what was turning out to be a beautiful sunny day.
After 2km we crossed the bridge over the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil and took the path heading North alongside the Allt a' Bhealaich. After a few hundred metres we decided to leave this path and head NE ascending directly, up a gully, to the 914m summit. The direct ascent to the 914m summit looked very steep from 600m below. I can confirm that it was. I believe the ascent is a bit easier if you head a bit further North and ascend to Stuc Loch na Cabhaig.
Steep ascent of Beinn Dearg:
The direct ascent to the summit was relentless and we were all glad to reach it. We stayed at the summit for at least 30 minutes soaking in slightly misty views of neighbouring Munros and Corbetts.
Beinn Eighe from summit of Beinn Dearg:
Group photo at summit of Beinn Dearg (Myself, Morag, Leslie & Ian):
From the summit, we followed the ridge which includes a nice scramble over a rocky tower.
Rock tower on ridge of Beinn Dearg:
We continued along the ridge to Carn na Feola before descending to the path running alongside the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuil (behind Liathach).
Beinn Dearg ridge from the approach to Carn na Feola:
During the walk back to the car park I stopped to take a photo of Beinn Dearg from the glen.
Beinn Dearg in profile:
This is a great Corbett which is seldom visited due to being overshadowed by Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe.