The Inverlael Munros
(Beinn Dearg Range - Ullapool)
21-23 May 2022
The Beinn Dearg (Ullapool) Munros
Saturday 21st - Monday 23rd May 2022
ABOUT THE TRIP
A cracking day out on the Munros takes us to near the lovely town of Ullapool. It's north of the Fisherfields at the head of Loch Broom in the Inverlael area. The Beinn Dearg / Inverlael Range.
Most of us visiting will travel up via Inverness. The A9 gets left behind and we travel from East to West Coast. The road heads up past the massive whaleback of Ben Wyvis and up into a high plateau. Ahead lies the Fannaichs and Beinn Dearg range.
Beinn Dearg (there are quite a few Beinn Deargs) is most frequently climbed by following the River Lael up Gleann na Sguaib. Starting from near the head of Loch Broom, a path follows the wonderfully alpine glen to a wide bealach (col or saddle).
It's a nice track, passing first through farmland, woodland, open moorland and up onto this rocky plateau. There is a rather helpful dry stone wall which you can handrail almost to the summit of Beinn Dearg.
From the bealach, the neighbouring peaks of Con a' Mheall and Meall na Ceapraichean can also be bagged with relative ease as the distances and reascent isn't actually that much. If you have time, you can add Eididh nan Clach Geala, which lies about 3 km north of Beinn Dearg along the ridge giving you 4 Munros.
The views are impressive. You can see Con a' Meall from the road as the cliffs drop spectacularly beyond the summit to the north. You can also see the Skye mountains on a clear day and even the northerly four Munros. The Fannaichs and An Teallach to the south...
These hills mark a boundary between what most in Britain consider is a normal landscape and something that is completely far out. Heading further north from Ullapool opens up a landscape which seemingly shouldn't exist in tidy Britain. It is wild. Hills rise almost out of nowhere and stand isolated. There are huge steps which have risen out of the folding of the Earth. It is a strange and amazing place. Sutherland.
Beinn Dearg (1,084m / 3,556ft), Cona' Mheall (978m / 3,209ft), Meall nan Ceapraichean (977m / 3,205ft) and Eididh nan Clach Geala (927m / 3,041ft) - this last one can be climbed with Seana Braigh instead depending.
Seana Braigh (927m / 3,041ft)
Am Faochagach (954m / 3,130ft)
09:00am Inverlael Car Park. To view the start point on Google Maps, please click here. This will open in a separate tab.
Difficulty: There are some good tracks as well as some pathless sections with short scrambling sections. They are long days and remote Munros however.
Cost: The trip costs £179 per person with discounts for booking more than one. 16-18 year old's are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. You will need to provide your own transport, travel insurance, accommodation and equipment (please see the gear list for details).
Numbers: There are a maximum of 8 places and a minimum of 4 for the trip to take place.
Please Note: This trip is replacing the same trip that was originally organised by Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding (SFMG). I have kindly been given agreement to replicate the event now as SFMG has ceased operating. I was due to be guiding this event on behalf of SFMG.
Here are some pictures from previous visits I've made to the area to inspire you:
Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
You will need to be fit and have some walking experience. This is not a running event - it's walking and we will be aiming to keep a steady pace throughout the three days.
What do I need to bring?
You will need walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. You'll want to bring some food/lunch which you can easily eat. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena.
I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?
This is up to you depending on your budget. There is a range of campsites, hostels, B&Bs through to hotels in Ullapool. There is also the hostel and hotel at the Aultguish Inn, a famous coaching stop between Inverness and Ullapool.
What's not included?
How much is the trip and how do I book?
The guided walk costs £179 per person with discounts for bulk booking. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
How do I get there?
If you're not driving, There is the Citylink bus from Inverness. Otherwise there is not much option apart from driving.