Sgurr Mor on Beinn Alligin with Beinn Dearg behind

Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg in Torridon

Hiking and rock-scrambling routes up mountains above Loch Torridon

Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg lie in the heart of Torridon, one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland. They are the most westerly of the Torridon Giants and though not quite as large or complex as their neighbours Liathach and Beinn Eighe, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Dearg are stunning mountains with some weird features.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Beinn Alligin's Munro summits stand above sandstone terraces on the south and gentle grassy slopes on the north. The mountain is split by the Eag Dhubh, a deep gash on the south face of Sgurr Mor, where on the slopes below, it is said to have provided the lair of one of the last wild wolves in Scotland. At the eastern end of the mountain, the Horns of Alligin provide some easy and entertaining scrambling.

Beinn Dearg's summit at 914m (the previous 2995ft on the old one-inch maps was replaced by 914m on metric maps) was the subject of recent debate - Munro or Corbett ? It was accurately re-measured in 2007 and remains Corbett ! This highest point is in the middle of the mountain, where the ridge turns from east-west to north-south.

Owned by the NTS since 1967, Torridon has a fine network of paths, many of which have seen recent work.

Munros Tom na Gruagaich (922m, Munro 268)
Sgurr Mor (986m, Munro 162)
Corbetts Beinn Dearg* (914m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 1250m (4,100ft)
Distance       10km (6m)
Time walk : 4:40hr*, run : 2:25hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   3km west of Torridon Village
(grid ref : NG869576)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Beinn Alligin : 'jewelled mountain'
Sgurr Mor : 'big peak'
Tom na Gruagaich : 'rounded hill of the maiden'
Beinn Dearg : 'red mountain'

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