Carn Mor Dearg arete infront of Ben Nevis

Carn Mor Dearg

Munro peak in the Lochaber 4000s mountain range

Although Carn Mor Dearg is over 4,000ft in height, it is dwarfed by neighbouring Ben Nevis. The famed Carn Mor Dearg arete that connects these two high peaks makes for a fine introduction to rock-scrambling in Scotland.


Carn Mor Dearg


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height 1220m
Prominence 165m
Meaning big red cairn
Lists Munro, 9
Location Lochaber 4000s, Loch Linnhie to Loch Ericht
Grid Ref NN177722
Lat/Lon 56.80521, -4.98726


Carn Mor Dearg, as its name suggests, is a red pile of stone (pink granite) with a summit at a shade over 4,000ft. Towering above Carn Mor Dearg is Ben Nevis, its dark northern face dominating views eastwards. The famed and narrow Carn Mor Dearg arete that connects these two mountains requires some careful footwork to cross.

Most approaches to Carn Mor Dearg are from the north over Carn Beag Dearg and Carn Dearg Meadhonach, with most people continuing onwards from Carn Mor Dearg to Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg arete.

A ridge heading eastwards from Carn Mor Dearg's summit drops to a col below Aonach Mor from where this mountain along with Aonach Beag can be hillwalked.

There are rock-scrambling routes up the east faces of Carn Dearg Meadhonach and Carn Beag Dearg.

Carn Mor Dearg along with Ben Nevis, Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor are collectively referred to as the Lochaber 4000s. Bagging them in one day makes for a long and varied route hiking on vast plateaux, scrambling along narrow ridges while taking in vast views.



Hillwalking routes up Carn Mor Dearg


1. Ben Nevis and CMD arete »


Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis are linked via the narrow and curved Carn Mor Dearg arete. This magnificent route not only gives a awesome view of Ben Nevis's North Face but also makes for a fine introduction to rock-scrambling in Scotland.
Ascent : 1520m (4990ft)    Distance : 16km (10m)    Time : 6:30hr

2. Ben Nevis and Lochaber 4000s »


Together Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag are referred to as the Lochaber 4000s and bagging them in one day makes for a long and varied route hiking on vast plateaux, scrambling along narrow ridges while taking in vast views.
Ascent : 2220m (7280ft)    Distance : 20km (12m)    Time : 8:45hr

3. Ben Nevis to the Grey Corries »


Combining Ben Nevis, the Lochaber 4000s and the Grey Corries into one route makes for a long fairly challenging route hiking on vast plateaux and narrow ridges while taking in vast views. Ideal preparation (and recci) for a Tranter Round or longer Ramsay Round !
Ascent : 3200m (10500ft)    Distance : 32km (20m)    Time : 13:30hr



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Carn Mor Dearg and the CMD arete in front of Aonach MorCarn Mor Dearg and the CMD arete in front of Aonach Mor
Carn Dearg Mheadhonach from Carn Mor DeargCarn Dearg Mheadhonach from Carn Mor Dearg
Carn Mor Dearg arete with Aonach Mor behindCarn Mor Dearg arete with Aonach Mor behind
Scrambling on the Carn Mor Dearg areteScrambling on the Carn Mor Dearg arete
Looking up the Carn Mor Dearg arete to Ben NevisLooking up the Carn Mor Dearg arete to Ben Nevis
On the Carn Mor Dearg arete in winterOn the Carn Mor Dearg arete in winter




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