Evaluation: 3-4 star.
Route: This strange collection of hills remained after I had bagged Seana Bhraigh on a previous occasion. However, it makes sense for the scenery on the east side of Beinn Dearg. It includes fine views into Choire Ghranda from the south ridge of Beinn Dearg, a very pleasant visit to Loch Prille, and views of the magnificent cliffs above Loch a' Choire Ghranda from Am Faochagach.
Sticks useful for descending 100m from Cona' Mheall.
|0825||Park by weather station on A835 at NW end
of Loch Glascarnoch NH277744
|From opposite side of A835, take path
NW/N towards L. a' Gharbhrain.
Continue up W side of the loch then
Allt a'Gharbhrain to stream from right
|Ascend burn NE towards L. nan Eilean,
then NNW up ridge plateau
|Skirt pt 885 on left||885||615||4.05 miles||NH26707996|
|1030||N to col||825||4.25 miles||NH26598027|
|1110||N/NW/W up nice ridge to M Beinn Dearg||1084||875||5.05 miles||NH25948120|
|1140||Go due N from summit cairn to intersect
path down at dike. Descend NE by path
on NW side of dike to lochan on bealach
|1145||Take path contouring round S of 886m lump
E to bealach
|1205||ESE to M Cona' Mheall (980)||978||1040||6.25 miles||NH27498166|
|1310||Steep descent E down cliffs to Loch Prille.
easier leaving summit ridge 100yds S of summit)
|1410||Straightforward ford of loch exit stream
then ascend SE/S to Meallan Ban (large cairn)
|1425||Continue SSE to M Am Faochagach
(boring except view)
|1445||Descend SW/S to pt||845||1500||9.8 miles||NH29987807|
|1515||Continue SW to pt||570||10.9 miles||NH29237684|
|1545||Descend to river ford at exit from L.a'Gharbhrain
This is very flat, shallow and easy.
|1605||Return by path S to car park at weather station.||270||1505||13.05 miles||NH27657428|