Meall Dearg on the Aonach Eagach from Sgorr nam Fiannaidh

Meall Dearg

Munro peak at the eastern end of the Aonach Eagach

The Aonach Eagach is reputed to be mainland Britain's narrowest ridge. Meall Dearg is near the eastern end of the ridge and rock-scrambling is unavoidable if heading up from Glencoe !


Meall Dearg


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Height 952.2m
Prominence 123m
Meaning red rounded hill
Lists Munro, 213
Location Aonach Eagach, Strath Orchy to Glen Coe
Grid Ref NN161584
Lat/Lon 56.68072, -5.0037


The Aonach Eagach which appropriately means 'notched ridge', travels along the northern side of Glencoe and is probably the most famous ridge in the country. Viewed from Glencoe below, the Aonach Eagach appears as a narrow crest with a series of small towers with Meall Dearg being the high peak near the eastern end of the ridge.

Meall Dearg is usually climbed with Sgorr nam Fiannaidh as part of an Aonach Eagach traverse - an airy ridge which involves some sporting rock-scrambling. Most people take a route starting from Glencoe, where to reach the summit of Meall Dearg rock-scrambling is unavoidable.

Meall Dearg can be reached without encountering any technical terrain if approached from Loch Leven to the north. Coming in from this direction allows a hike up nearby Garbh Bheinn - a rough Corbett with fine views of the Mamores.



Hillwalking routes up Meall Dearg



1. Aonach Eagach traverse »


A commiting rock-scrambling route crossing the famed Aonach Eagach running along the northern side of Glencoe. The traverse takes in the two Munro summits of Sgorr nam Fiannaidh and Meall Dearg, while tackling some exposed sections of rock-scrambling.

Ascent : 1200m (3940ft)
Distance : 8km (5m)
Time : 6hr



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Looking back along the Aonach Eagach to Meall DeargLooking back along the Aonach Eagach to Meall Dearg
At the start of and Aonach Eagach traverse, Meall Dearg on rightAt the start of and Aonach Eagach traverse, Meall Dearg on right
Meall Dearg and the Aonach Eagach from Etive BeagMeall Dearg and the Aonach Eagach from Etive Beag
Meall Dearg from the west on the Aonach EagachMeall Dearg from the west on the Aonach Eagach
Westwards along the Aonach Egach from Meall DeargWestwards along the Aonach Egach from Meall Dearg
On Sgorr nam Fiannaidh looking back along the Aonach EagachOn Sgorr nam Fiannaidh looking back along the Aonach Eagach




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