Walk: Cul Beag bagged
|[Cùl Beag from Meall Dearg]|
This mighty Coigach summit displays its best side to the west: a majestic, grey rock dome rising above Loch Lurgainn. Unfortunately an ascent from this side would be brutally steep: instead, head up from the east where the contours relent. Even this route is a surprisingly tough outing, with lots of pathless ground and long vegetation to contend with even before the start of the main climb - and later on, a false summit thrown into the mix. But the Cùl Beag bog slog renders rich rewards: superb summit views looking north into Assynt and south over Coigach. Is it worth the effort? That might depend on how dry the recent weather's been!
|[Meall Dearg & Cùl beag both have fantastic views north into Assynt]|
📌 Walk: Cul Beag bagged ★★★☆☆
Length: 10 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 730 metres
Main summits: Cùl Beag (769 metres)
Start / finish: Layby on A835 4 miles southwest of Elphin, G.R.: NC 184079 ///light.sharpness.mild
Route: Layby - outflow of Lochan Fada - cross fence corner at Druim Donn - Meall Dearg - Cùl Beag - return by outward route
Terrain: Fairly good track for first kilometre, then rough path which fizzles out before fence corner. Mostly pathless beyond: tough going with long grass and bog at first, becoming easier (but steeper) higher up. Traces of paths are easier to spot and follow on descent.
Wildlife today: Lizards, frogs and toads on descent; leaping fish in Lochan Fada.
Weather today: Mostly sunny for ascent, then clouding over. Feeling humid with temperature in low 20s by the finish.
|[West side of Cùl Beag, seen from the roadside near the Stac Pollaidh car park (24/7/18)]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands
|[Cùl Beag (left) & Cùl Mòr from the start]|
|[Summit beyond Lochan Fada]|
|[This path at Druim Donn soon fades away, leaving a tiring slog to the base of the hill]|
|[Following rock bands over Creag Dhubh provides the easiest route of ascent]|
|[Cairns don't guarantee a path!]|
|[Faint path on Creag Dhubh (centre left), more easily seen on descent]|
|[Frog on Meall Dearg]|
|[Cùl Mòr from the foot of Meall Dearg]|
|[Loch an Doire Dhuibh & Cùl Mòr from Meall Dearg]|
|[Lochan Uaine with Cùl beag beyond]|
|[View south from the bealach to Ben More Coigach]|
|[Meall Dearg from Cùl Beag]|
|[Summit cairn & Stac Pollaidh]|
|[Suilven (far left) & Cùl Mòr (centre) from the summit]|
|[Looking east from the summit]|