Carn Dearg from Glen Banchor

Carn Dearg

Highest Munro in the vast Monadhliath

Carn Dearg is the highest Munro in the Monadhliath with a well defined summit crest stretching north-to-south from the high grass covered moorland to remote Glen Banchor below.


Carn Dearg


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Height945.7m
Prominence590m
Meaningred cairn
ListsMunro, 223
LocationMonadh Liath, The Monadh Liath and Creag Meagaidh
Grid RefNH635024
Lat/Lon57.0922, -4.25369


In the vast rolling landscapes that make up the Monadhliath range, Carn Dearg sits at the centre and has more character than most other Munros and peaks in the area.

Carn Dearg juts out from the minor summit of Carn Ban (which used to be a Munro) on the main Monadh Liath high ground, its well-defined crests runs north-south to Carn Macoul above Glen Banchor. Although the crest is grass covered, the summit rests above crags and cliffs with cornices building up in winter.

The most direct approach is from the road-end in Glen Banchor with a few options of approach, though all pathless the closer the Munro gets.



Hillwalking routes up Carn Dearg



1. Monadhliath Munros »


The rolling landscape of the Monadh Liath is vast and feels very remote and wild. There are four Munros hiding in the expanse, all of which can be bagged in one linear route taking in A'Chailleach, Carn Sgulain and Carn Dearg in quick succession following fence-lines, then Geal Charn challenging navigation skills over featureless terrain.

Ascent : 1420m (4660ft)
Distance : 30km (19m)
Time : 9:50hr

2. Carn Dearg in the Monadhliath »


Carn Dearg is one of the more interesting hills in the vast Monadh Liath moorland north of Strathspey. Although it can be bagged with other Monadh Liath Munros in a longer outing, walking it on its own from Glen Banchor you will experience more of its interesting features along with discovering shades of previous habitations in the glens.

Ascent : 770m (2530ft)
Distance : 18km (11m)
Time : 5:50hr



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Summit of Carn DeargSummit of Carn Dearg
Carn Dearg from Gleann BallachCarn Dearg from Gleann Ballach
Approaching Carn Dearg from the eastApproaching Carn Dearg from the east
Bridge over Allt Fionndrigh on way to Carn DeargBridge over Allt Fionndrigh on way to Carn Dearg
Looking down Carn Dearg's south ridge to Carn MacoulLooking down Carn Dearg's south ridge to Carn Macoul
Carn Dearg from above LagganCarn Dearg from above Laggan




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