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Ruadh-stac Beag and Meall a' Ghiubhais


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It's easy to hear the magic word Torridon and think only of the giant Munros peaks in that glen but there are other, equally enjoyable hills at a slightly lower level, including the two Corbetts described here. For some, they could also serve as an introduction to the glen.

If you start at the Glas Leitir car park by Loch Maree, you can also enjoy a surprise bonus, as here begins the Mountain Trail built and provided as part of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Take the trail SE to reach a large viewpoint cairn, then continue SW to the Allt Toll a' Ghiubhais. Follow this burn uphill, with Ruadh-stac Beag on your right and Beinn Eighe's main ridge on your left.

Continue to follow the burn under the bristling eastern flanks of Ruadh-stac Beag until it is possible to turn west and so gain the south ridge of the hill. The way is clear to the top, with some scree needing care.

Retrace your steps, following the burn downhill until it is possible to head north and so gain the summit plateau of Meall a' Ghiubhais by the SE ridge. The SW top is the higher of two. In descent, take a more east-south-east line and pick up the NW Mountain Trail, which leads easily back to the car park.

Should the Mountain Trail be inundated with chattering visitors, there is an alternative route, taking the Pony Track about 1 km NW of Kinlochewe. This takes a generally western approach to gain the route between the two Corbetts. Climb Ruadh-stac Beag then Meall a' Ghiubhais as described above, to return by the Pony Track. The routes are about 15 and 17 km respectively.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 19 'Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree'
Distance: 15 or 17 km
Ascent: 1400 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: Unless you are looking to experience the North West Highland's version of Basil Fawlty (with added attitude), I cannot recommend the Kinlochewe Hotel. Instead, go along Loch Maree to the Loch Maree Hotel, or down Glen Torridon itself for either the Loch Torridon Hotel or, if time allows, continue further west to the delightful village of Shieldaig with its averagely friendly hotel.

 

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