Beinn a'Bheithir from Sgurr na h-Ulaidh

Sgorr Dhearg

Munro peak on Beinn a'Bheithir, the Ballachuilish Horseshoe

Beinn a'Bheithir dominates the view above Ballachuilish and is a complex mountain with several ridges, coires and summits. Sgorr Dhearg is the highest peak on the mountain.


Sgorr Dhearg


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height1024m
Prominence729m
MeaningRed peak
ListsMunro, 107
LocationBeinn a'Bheithir, Strath Orchy to Glen Coe
Grid RefNN040555
Lat/Lon56.65389, -5.17195


Sgorr Dearg is the highest peak on Beinn a'Bheithir, the complex mountain encircling Gleann a'Chaolais just south of Ballachulish. Due to it's shape, Beinn a'Bheithir is often referred to as the 'Ballachulish Horseshoe'.

Sgorr Dhearg summit is predominantly scree and is at the apex of three spurs. Its western spur connects to Sgorr Dhonuill, the other Munro summit on Beinn a'Bheither. The northern spur leads directly to forestry and with steep slopes either side is rarely walked on. The north-easterly spur travels to a minor summit Sgorr Bhan then splits into two more spurs, one of which forms 'Schoolhouse Ridge' - a route up which is a delightful and easy grade scramble.

The bealach between Sgorr Dearg and Sgorr Dhonuill is at a height of 744m and with a distance of under 2km between these Munro summits, most hillwalkers will bag both peaks in one outing.



Hillwalking routes up Sgorr Dhearg



1. Beinn a'Bheithir from Ballachulish hiking route »


On forestry tracks lower down with grass covered terrain and boulderfield higher up, this is a fine there-and-back route up Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill - the two Munro summits on Beinn a'Bheithir.

Ascent : 1300m (4270ft)
Distance : 12km (7m)
Time : 5:10hr

2. Beinn a'Bheithir via Schoolhouse Ridge »


An easy rock-scrambling route aiming up up 'Schoolhouse Ridge' on Beinn a'Bheithir's narrow eastern shoulder. Taking in the Munro summits of Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill, there are options including a fast descent on scree in Sgorr Dhonuill's northern coires.

Ascent : 1350m (4430ft)
Distance : 14km (9m)
Time : 5:45hr



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Sgorr Dhearg from Sgorr DhonhuillSgorr Dhearg from Sgorr Dhonhuill
Sgorr Bhan from Sgorr DheargSgorr Bhan from Sgorr Dhearg
Looking up Schoolhouse RidgeLooking up Schoolhouse Ridge
Schoolhouse ridge from Glencoe VillageSchoolhouse ridge from Glencoe Village
Descending the screes on Sgorr Dhearg's western spurDescending the screes on Sgorr Dhearg's western spur
Looking to Beinn a'Bheithir from the Pap of GlencoeLooking to Beinn a'Bheithir from the Pap of Glencoe




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