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The long walk required for this Corbett and its neighbouring Corbett, Beinn Dearg Bheag, might well be broken by an overnight stay, either in the popular bothy at Shenavall, or perhaps by camping. Though lower in height, the two peaks make a very fine counterpoint to An Teallach, which they face across Loch na Sealga.

The start is from Corrie Hallie on the A832, one of the "Destitution Roads" built to provide starving crofters with some income in the mid 19th century when the potato crops were ruined by disease. There is a car park some 4km south of Dundonnell, at 114850.

From the car park take the track south for about 3km to a point west of Loch Coire Chaorachain, on the bare, exposed moorland. A path goes off to the right, contouring under the southerly spur of An Teallach, before dropping down to the bothy at Shenavall.

From the bothy, wade across the Abhainn Strath na Sealga, splash over some boggy moorland, then wade across the Abhainn Gleann na Muice to reach Larachantivore. As you may have guessed by now, so far it's a pretty wet walk! Don't take any risks if the burns appear in spate - come back another day.

From Larachantivore take the path south for a wee bit before striking SW up the steep hillside. This leads to a hanging coire to the SE of the summit. Continue NW up the centre of the coire, to reach the summit of Beinn Dearg Mor to the north.

Another 2.5km remain along the joining ridge. Descend SW then bend NW along the ridge. This lines the super wee hanging coire of Toll an Lochain, complete with its lochan. From the second summit, and Corbett of the day, a decision has to be made as to the return route.

If the burns are not too high, a little effort may be saved by returning to the col then carefully descending the steep slope on the NE side of the col at the head of Toll an Lochain. This leads to the SE end of Loch na Sealga, where several burns have to be crossed to reach the path leading to Shenavall and the way home to Corrie Hallie.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 19 'Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree'
Distance: 26 km
Ascent: 1400 m
Time: 10 hours
Food & Drink: There is a friendly hotel at Dundonnell.

 

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