Sgorr Ruadh, Beinn Liath Mhor

Summary for Sgorr Ruadh, Beinn Liath Mhor

Sgorr Ruadh, Beinn Liath Mhor is a route in “The Coulin” region / range which is located in the Coulin and Torridon area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 9:05 am
Sunset 3:29 pm
6 hours 24 minutes(s) daylight
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15 km/ 9.32 miles1340 m/ 4396.33 ft7:30 hours
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This route takes in Beinn Liath Mhor & Sgorr Ruadh and is one of finest walks in this region of Scotland. This is an easy accesible route which has no walk-in as you start literally directly from the road-side.

Ascent is from Achnashellach where you cross over the railtracks and head up the hillside beyond which leads though a network of wooded paths. After a couple of hundred metres keeping to the path by the River Lair the corrie will open up. From here you may be in for a wetting if the river is full (no bridge). Head west climbing directly onto wide bealach between Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl. From the bealch just to the west of Loch a' Bhealaich Mhoir to make your way directly to the sumit of Sgorr Ruadh. From the summit descend steeply at first to reach a shoulder which eventually lands on the col at the head of Coire Lair from where the point 769m can be reached and then onto summit northern summit of munro Beinn Liath Mhor.

Descent can be made by continuing along the ridge over the other two lower tops to the eastern summit point 876m. Keeping closer to the north eastern ridge rather than to the south eastern ridge to avoid the craggy parts rejoin the path. The path will rejoin the ascent route.

Route points for Sgorr Ruadh, Beinn Liath Mhor

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NH00174816330° NNW0.24 (0.24)From Achnashellach Station follow the Coire Lair path
NG99614865295° WNW0.31 (0.55)Continue to follow the path alongside the River Lair
NG99344880N0.5 (1.05)Through forest keeping close to riverside
NG98985014282° WNW0.1 (1.15)At this point bear the West, there may be problems crossing river
NG98054987226° SW0.34 (1.49)Pass tiny lock and continue climbing to reach the bealch
NG97424968215° SW0.1 (1.59)Climb hillside to reach the bealach between Fuar Tholl - Sgorr Ruadh
NG96364984327° NNW0.36 (1.95)From Bealach Mor directly to the sumit of Sgorr Ruadh
NG95825048303° WNW0.65 (2.6)The summit Sgorr Ruadh - 962 ( metres)
NG9529508724° NNE0.39 (2.99)northwest from summit begin to level off to reach a high shoulder
NG9566513651° NE0.28 (3.27)Access point 769m heading north then east
NG96145194103° ESE0.19 (3.46)Climb onto Beinn Liath Mhor summit which is the first of three
NG9632518874° ENE0.41 (3.87)The summit Beinn Liath Mhor - 926 ( metres)
NG9672519899° E0.33 (4.2)Head along ridge taking in the other tops
NG97405178105° ESE0.46 (4.66)Second summit 887m
NG98245148124° SE0.71 (5.37)Cairn at point 876 on Beinn Liath Mhòr
NG98815105188° S0.15 (5.52)few rocky outcrops round here, so take care
NG98745059149° SSE0.52 (6.04)Rejoin the path and return to where the path forks
NG99274962156° SSE0.34 (6.38)Continue back via path
NG99854852121° ESE0.25 (6.63)Head back to the road & station
Munros covered on Sgorr Ruadh, Beinn Liath Mhor
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
195 962 Sgorr Ruadh Red rocky peak Skoor Roy-yer
261 926 Beinn Liath Mhor Hill of the grey corrie Bine Leeya Voar