Access: Drive to Inverlael, on A835 just S of Ullapool at head of Loch Broom.
There is now much improved parking at the marked telephone
S of the bridge over the river at Inverlael.
Route: This is a long but very enjoyable walk if you're fit enough.
There is an excellent cyclable track in the forest, and also very good/excellent tracks/paths as far as Coire an Lochan Sgeirich and all the way down Gleann na Sguaib. The NW ridge of Beinn Dearg is good and easy with views but not nearly as fast as the valley path; either can be chosen. The terrain is mostly very straightforward except over the moor from Cadha Dearg to Eididh nan Clach Geala. Most of the tops are rocky, but easy for hopping over if you like that. The rocks were in a dry state on this occasion and so this was fast. The plateau of Seana Bhraigh is easy grass/fragile moss with excellent views for those willing to walk round the corrie rim towards Creag an Duine.
Conditions: Warm day: 17°C initially; just below cloud all day; light drizzle am; dry pm except for heavy shower 1735-1800.
|0845||Car park on A835 at Inverlael||10||0||0.0 miles||NH18198524||Orange|
|0910||Take cyclable track S of river to bridge at Glensguaib.
(First bridge is not visible where track comes
down from right. Glensguaib is now a pile of rubble)
|0930||Very good path E above Allt Gleann a' Mhadaidh:
gate at forest edge
|Path to peat hacks on ridge end||400||390||2.6 miles||NH22078529|
|0955||VG path E to river crossing NH226854||435||440||3.0 miles||NH22628533|
|1030||Path E to lochans in Coire an Lochan Sgeirich
(Cross outlet at first lochan)
|1105||Path E to cairn at top of ascent||750||765||5.8 miles||NH26868539|
|1110||E along line of cairns to end of path marked on map||760||775||6.05 miles||NH27228548|
|1115||N (towards Seana Bhraigh) to col||775||790||6.25 miles||NH27398580|
|1120||Contour N then down to lochans||715||6.5 miles||NH27588609|
|1135||E on corrie rim to bealach at NH283861||675||790||7.0 miles||NH28338609|
|1145||E to E end of beallach at Cadha Dearg||690||805||7.15 miles||NH28588620|
|1210||N to top 906 for view. (This can be by-passed.)||906||1020||7.85 miles||NH28838721|
|1215||NNW to col||845||8.15 miles||NH28518759|
|NW to M Seana Bhraigh||926||1105||8.4 miles||NH28168787||Weak Orange|
|1300||Return S initially on path contouring round pt 906
(keep high line to avoid worst of peat bog round corrie
rim) back to E end of bealach at Cadha Dearg
|1310||SW to near edge of Loch a'Chadha Dheirg||650||9.8 miles||NH28338588|
|1325||Head WSW for left end of the line of cliffs,
then SW to river crossing
|1350||Slow peat bog and rocks to top||863||1350||11.0 miles||NH27168441|
|1400||Easy grass/fragile moss WNW to col||820||11.7 miles||NH26108477|
|Moss/rocks WSW to two cairns of
M Eididh nan Clach Geala
|1445||SE down ridge keeping well left of any cliffs for an easy life
& heading for E edge of larger lochan on bealach.
Turn S to cross bealach at narrow section between lochans.
|1510||S/W up grassy shelf (as far as possible)
then over rocks to T Ceann Garbh
|SSW over rocks to col||945||13.5 miles||NH25778281|
|1520||S over rocks to M Meall nan Ceapraichean
(Orange 200m SE down ridge)
|977||1720||13.67 miles||NH25718257||No Orange|
|1545||SE on rocks then mostly grass to bealach by lochans (at wall)||850||14.33 miles||NH26408180|
|ESE over rocks, then grass to bealach below Cona Mheall||813||1740||14.65 miles||NH26878179|
|1610||ESE over rocks, then grass over bealach, then rocks to
M Cona' Mheall (rocky)
|Return WNW over rocks, then grass to bealach.||813||15.45 miles||NH26878179|
|1635||Continue WNW back to bealach at wall by lochans||850||1970||15.75 miles||NH26408180|
|1655||Path SW beside wall to gap in wall near summit||1035||2155||16.1 miles||NH26008141|
|1700||SW to M Beinn Dearg (rocky). Two options here: the fast
valley path in Gleann na Sguaib or the NW ridge with its views.
|1750||NW/W/NW over grass and easy rocks
NW ridge to large cairn on wall, NH230828
|Continue down ridge to 550m||550||18.8 miles||NH22588324|
|1820||NE down grass to River Lael (just below Eas Fionn)
& up to valley path.
|1845||Path NW to track end at forest edge||160||20.5 miles||NH21428496|
|1900||Track W to bridge by Glensguaib||110||21.15 miles||NH20468518|
|1920||Track W through forest to parking at Inverlael||10||2290||22.6 miles||NH18198524||Orange|