Carn Dearg from Beinn Bheoil

Carn Dearg

Munro mountain in Alder Forest, west of Loch Ericht

Carn Dearg is a heather clad mountain just above Culra Bothy and at the north-eastern end of a chain of Munro peaks stretching from Loch Pattack to Loch Ossian.


Carn Dearg


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Height 1034m
Prominence 164m
Meaning red cairn
Lists Munro, 98
Location Alder Forest, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid Ref NN504764
Lat/Lon 56.85515, -4.45499


Carn Dearg's rocky and boulder-strewn summit sits above grass and heather clad slopes. The summit is at the north-eastern end of a chain of Munros including mighty Geal-Charn and Beinn Eibhinn.

Most hillwalkers will make an ascent of Carn Dearg from Culra Bothy in the heart of the Alder Forest, then continue onto Geal-Charn and the other Munros in the chain. With Carn Dearg being a fair distance away from the other Munros in the range, it might be worth considering bagging Carn Dearg on its own and leaving the three other Munro peaks to be bagged in a fairly compact group - this would allow for a scramble up the Lancet Edge - probably the finest route up to Geal-Charn.

If planning to stay by Culra, best to camp as the bothy is currently closed due to asbestos being found in its construction.



Hillwalking routes up Carn Dearg



1. Ben Alder 6 Munros »


One of the finest ways to reach Ben Alder is a cycle down Loch Ericht followed by a circular route from Culra Bothy. Lots to encounter - high plateaus, lochans, ridges, fantastic views - all while bagging 6 Munros !

Ascent : 2400m (7870ft)
Distance : 56km (35m)
Time : 11:5hr

2. Geal-Charn and Lancet Edge »


There are four Munros in the group of peaks north of Culra Bothy, Carn Dearg, Geal-Charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn, all forming a linear ridge route. One of the most interesting routes up takes in the Lancet Edge, a narrow ridge heading up Geal-Charn.

Ascent : 1330m (4360ft)
Distance : 44km (27m)
Time : 6:30hr



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Carn Dearg above Loch PattackCarn Dearg above Loch Pattack
Stag ponies and Carn Dearg above Loch PattackStag ponies and Carn Dearg above Loch Pattack
Climbing the grassy slopes of Carn DeargClimbing the grassy slopes of Carn Dearg
Carn Dearg from Loch a'Bhealaich BheitheCarn Dearg from Loch a'Bhealaich Bheithe
Carn Dearg from Geal CharnCarn Dearg from Geal Charn
Descending Beinn Bheoil, Carn Dearg aheadDescending Beinn Bheoil, Carn Dearg ahead




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