05 March 2012
29.4 km/982 m/08:30 hrs
Munro: Beinn Dearg (No. 215)
For some time I had planned to walk the Minigaig Pass from Blair Atholl to Kingussie, and to combine this with the ascent of Beinn Dearg. But with another good weather forecast for the Southern Cairngorms, I thought it might be a good idea to get the Munro “out of the way”, so that I could do the Minigaig another time when the weather was too bad to go up the hills.
It was sunny and warm when I started from the car park at Old Bridge of Tilt near Blair Atholl. There is a network of signposted walks through the forest, and the one leading to Beinn Dearg is marked with black arrows.
After a short while, the path emerges from the forest and leads across open moorland. Here another walker caught up with me, we walked together for a while and had an interesting conversation.
Soon we reached Allt Scheicheachan bothy and had a quick look around inside.
Fireplace in the main room of the bothy.
After fording the Allt Scheicheachan on stepping stones, we followed the stream on a good path. Here my walking companion left me, as he was walking a lot faster than me.
The path then zigzags up the side of Meall Dubh nan Dearcag, until it reaches a flat area on its top.
From here I could see the other walker moving along the crest of the broad ridge. But there was also a clear path on the east side of the ridge, which looked a bit more sheltered, so I followed this one.
View SE to Beinn a’ Ghlo.
Looking back along the broad ridge.
Approaching the summit.
View from the summit shelter and trig point.
Looking NE from the summit area, with Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch in the distance.
It had been very cloudy and cold while I was on the summit, but on the way down the sun came out again.
After descending the zigzag path, I crossed the Allt Scheicheachan and followed another landrover track in a SE direction.
Locked shed beside the Allt Slanaidh, with Beinn a’ Chait in the background.
The track leads through the Rifle Range, and past some farms in the glen of the River Tilt.
The low afternoon sun created some nice colours in the view up Glen Tilt.
On the way back to the car park I also got a nice view of Carn Liath (on the right), one of the three Munros of Beinn a’ Ghlo.
A very enjoyable day, and using a different route on the way back, made the whole walk more interesting, in spite of the long walk-in.