Seana Bhraigh, Beinn Dearg and the Inverlael Munros

South-east of Ullapool, the vast areas of Inverlael, Freevater and StrathVaich Forests lie waiting to be explored. There are several peaks here, some visible from the main roads, some hidden well from view.

Main route summary

The hills and mountains in Inverlael and Strathvaich all have very different characters.

At the northern end Seana Bhraigh is glacially carved with a beautiful northern corrie with some scrambling required to reach its eastern top Creag an Duine.

Am Faochagach near Loch Glascarnoch is a flat-topped hill, but complex in the many shoulders that extend from its centre.

Beinn Dearg is vast mountain at the centre of the group with a deep corrie on its eastern side and a 'famine wall' on its western shoulder built by destitute people for food in the 1840's. Beinn Dearg also has several satellite peaks including the Munros of Eididh na Clach Geala, Meall nan Ceapraichean and Cona' Mheall and the Corbett Beinn Enaiglair.

Slightly further afield are the broad grassy summits of Carn Ban and Beinn a'Chaisteil, which could be included on a backpacking trip or a long hill-running day.

Munros Seana Bhraigh (926m, Munro 262)
Eididh na Clach Geala (927m, Munro 257)
Meall nan Ceapraichean (977m, Munro 177)
Beinn Dearg (1084m, Munro 57)
Cona' Mheall (978m, Munro 176)
Am Faochagach (953m, Munro 210)
Corbetts Beinn Enaiglair* (889m)
Beinn a'Chaisteil* (787m)
Carn Ban* (845m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2600m (8,500ft)
Distance       35km (22m)
Time walk : 13hr*, run : 7hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Inverlael
(grid ref : NH182852)

Finish   Weather Station, by Loch Glascarnoch
(grid ref : NH276744)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Seana Bhraigh : 'old height'
Eididh nan Clach Geala : 'web of the white stones'
Meall nan Ceapraichean : 'hill of the stubby hillocks'
Beinn Dearg : 'red hill'
Cona'Mheall : 'adjoining hill'
Am Faochagach : 'the heathery place'
Carn Ban : 'white cairn'
Beinn a'Chaisteil : 'hill of the castle'
Beinn Enaiglair : 'hill of the timid birds'

Route detail & map »

Photos of route »

Alternative routes »

Other hill routes nearby »

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