From Inverlael, I followed the track towards Glensguaib until I reached the first bridge over the River Lael.
Forest on lower slopes of Meall Dubh (above Inverlael):
On reaching the first bridge, I crossed the bridge and then took a left to start zig-zagging up to the upper forest track - I was aware from reading previous reports of this hill that taking the lower paths would necessitate crossing a 6ft deer fence.
Crossing the first bridge over the River Lael:
The forest tracks were pretty-good.
Looking back towards Inverlael:
While walking along the forest track, I was a bit surprised to see a thistle still in bloom. This provided me the first opportunity to try out a close-up with my new camera.
It was nice, during the ascent, to see the track leading up Gleann na Sguaib towards the Beinn Dearg Munros. Brought back some good memories of a scorching day on these hills a number of years previous.
View towards Beinn Dearg hills:
Once on the upper track, I was a bit worried to find Forestry Commission signs warning not to carry on any further due to tree felling. Having come this far, I chose to ignore the signs and continue on. I encountered no felling on the upper track - the felling was actually taking place down nearer the lower tracks.
As I approached the end of the upper forest track, I took a left to follow a wide vehicle track out of the forest and up the hill.
Once out of the forest, An Teallach started to come into view.
Seana Bhraigh and Beinn Dearg hills:
Meall Dubh come into view under 2km from the summit. No surprises where Beinn is
in the next photo.
Beyond the end of the wide vehicle track, I followed a fainter ATV track to within a couple of hundred metres of the summit.
View from summit of Meall Dubh:
I had hoped to get good views of the Coigach and Assynt hills from the summit. Unfortunately, it was a bit cloudy in that direction.
Coigach and Assynt hills from summit of Meall Dubh:
Beinn at the summit of Meall Dubh:
Loch an Daimh from summit:
I didn’t spend too long at the summit, as it looked as though some heavy rain was heading my way. Despite the clouds, it stayed dry
Looking back to the small un-named lochan from the summit:
On the way back from the summit, Beinn went into the unnamed lochan near the summit. He then disappeared for about a minute. When he appeared again he was filthy
We returned to the car via the same route.
Beinn was still as dirty when we reached the car so a quick stop was needed at
Ullapool to clean him in the sea