Beinn Liath Mhor, Strathcarron

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Beinn Liath Mhòr is a Scottish mountain situated in the mountainous area between Strath Carron and Glen Torridon in Wester Ross in the Highland region. Geologically Beinn Liath Mhòr is made up of Cambrian quartzite scree and Torridonian sandstones giving the mountain a distinctive colour contrast of light and dark. The mountain's other main characteristic is its two kilometre long undulating summit ridge which does not drop below 800 metres for its entire length. This culminates at the summit at its far western end at a height of 926 metres (3038 feet) making Beinn Liath Mhòr the 258th highest Munro.
The most common approach to Beinn Liath Mhòr starts at Achnashellach on the A890 road and goes by the right of way to Glen Torridon. This follows the impressive Coire Lair, a rugged valley surrounded by three imposing mountains, the other two being Sgorr Ruadh (which is also a Munro) and Fuar Tholl which is ranked as one of the finest Corbetts by mountain writers. The Coire Lair path is followed for two kilometres until the path forks, here the right hand fork is taken across moorland for 0.5 kilometre until reaching the steep climb of Beinn Liath Mhòr’s south east ridge, which leads directly to the summit plateau. The summit ridge consists of light coloured quartzite stones, whilst the highest point at the far end is crowned by a quartzite cairn. It is also possible to climb Beinn Liath Mhòr from Glen Torridon starting at the car park at grid reference and following the Ling path to its termination and then ascending the mountain by its western ridge.
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  • Classic WalkHighlands route of Bienn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl. We had a dog so didn't take option to cycle up first part of the route. Splendid views in every direction. Still a bit of s...  more »
  • The round of Coire Lair from Achnashellach station, taking in Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl is a classic 9 hour ridgewalk. Easy access in and out by good stalkers paths. Great view west...  more »
  • An excellent Munro with (in good weather) stunning views to all three of the Torridon massifs. The initial walk in is a beautiful walk and is surrounded by an outstanding glacial landscape. From the pass over to Torridon the climb is very steep but quickly rewards with a narrow but not too extreme ridge walk. Descending the north west ridge is hard going, with many bouldery bits and steep craggy knolls, but the path is reasonably clear and takes a sensible route to the col.
  • Great climb
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