Maol Chean Dearg from Sgorr Ruadh

Maol Chean-dearg

Munros mountain on western edge of Coulin Forest

Unlike other nearby mountains, Maol Chean-dearg's flat summit is topped with sandstone boulders resting on quartzite.

Maol Chean-dearg

Meaningbald red head
ListsMunro, 246
LocationCoulin and Ben Damh, Applecross, Coulin and Torridon
Grid RefNG924499
Lat/Lon57.49142, -5.46538

Maol Chean-dearg is a fairly isolated mountain in the area between Strath Carron and Glen Torridon.

Most hikers will bag Maol Chean-dearg, along with its lower neighbour, An Ruadh-Stac, approaching from Coulags to the south in Strath Carron. Recent hydro tracks and an old right-of-way lead to the base of these two mountains, from where a stalkers path reaches close to within 1km of the summits. There's some easy scrambling on An Ruadh-Stac.

The route can be extended to hike over the eastern pair of Munros in Coulin Forest.

Routes up Maol Chean-dearg

Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh-Stac

From Strath Carron, a Right-of-Way path gains the foot of these rugged hills from where a rough old stalkers path leads most of the way uphill. There's some easy rock-scrambling to enjoy on the way to An Ruadh-Stac's summit.

Peaks : 1 Munro, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 1400m (4590ft)
Distance : 19km (12m)
Time : 7:5hr

Coulin Forest from Strath Carron

Aiming up the Coulin Forest Munros from Achnashellach makes for a rugged yet fabulous circular route. Fuar Tholl can be included in the itinerary without too much additional effort, or the route extended over to Maol Chean-dearg.

Peaks : 2 Munros, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 1750m (5740ft)
Distance : 21km (13m)
Time : 8:10hr

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