Colin's Munros


Beinn Dearg, Cona' Mheall & Am Faochagach, Map 20; 6th September 2004

Route: 1505m = 4940' ascent; 13.5 miles; 7hr 40mins.

Beinn Dearg and Cona' Mheall from Am Foachagach

Evaluation: 3-4 star.
Route: This strange collection of hills remained after I had bagged Seana Bhraigh on a previous occasion. However, it makes sense for the scenery on the east side of Beinn Dearg. It includes fine views into Choire Ghranda from the south ridge of Beinn Dearg, a very pleasant visit to Loch Prille, and views of the magnificent cliffs above Loch a' Choire Ghranda from Am Faochagach.
Sticks useful for descending 100m from Cona' Mheall.

0825 Park by weather station on A835 at NW end
of Loch Glascarnoch NH277744
270   00.0 milesNH27657428
  From opposite side of A835, take path
NW/N towards L. a' Gharbhrain.
Continue up W side of the loch then
Allt a'Gharbhrain to stream from right
3801102.6 milesNH26437787
  Ascend burn NE towards L. nan Eilean,
then NNW up ridge plateau
8055353.67 milesNH26357942
  Skirt pt 885 on left 8856154.05 milesNH26707996
1030 N to col 825 4.25 milesNH26598027
1110 N/NW/W up nice ridge to M Beinn Dearg 10848755.05 milesNH25948120
1140 Go due N from summit cairn to intersect
path down at dike. Descend NE by path
on NW side of dike to lochan on bealach
855 5.5 milesNH26328182
1145 Take path contouring round S of 886m lump
E to bealach
8158755.85 milesNH26888178
1205 ESE to M Cona' Mheall (980) 97810406.25 milesNH27498166
1310 Steep descent E down cliffs to Loch Prille. (Maybe
easier leaving summit ridge 100yds S of summit)
545 7.13 milesNH28788156
1410 Straightforward ford of loch exit stream
then ascend SE/S to Meallan Ban (large cairn)
88213808.37 milesNH29838009
1425 Continue SSE to M Am Faochagach
(boring except view)
95414758.9 milesNH30367939
1445 Descend SW/S to pt 84515009.8 milesNH29987807
1515 Continue SW to pt 570 10.9 milesNH29237684
1545 Descend to river ford at exit from L.a'Gharbhrain
This is very flat, shallow and easy.
275 12.1 milesNH28187554
1605 Return by path S to car park at weather station. 270150513.05 milesNH27657428

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