Walk 22 – Cul Beag

 
Park the car as for walks 8 and 9 and set off up the path towards Loch Sionascaig. When you reach the highest point of the col with Lochan Fhionnlai to your left, leave the path, and make your way up to the right, parallel to the burn, over the boulder-strewn slopes towards the lowest point of the ridge, which joins Cul Beag itself to Coich A’Chuil Bhig, the pap of Cul Beag.

You should cross the burn about half way up and from here on the slope is relentless all the way to the ridge. Make you way to the summit of the Coich (1,850 feet) and then retrace your steps to it’s lowest point (1,781 feet) from which there are magnificent views eastward up Glen Laoigh (the Glen of the Calf). To the right rise the mural precipices of Cul Beag itself, but though these look inaccessible, the route up in a line almost due south from the Cioch is straightforward and should present no difficulty to anyone with reasonably steady head. No real scrambling is involved and there are natural steps in the scree.

The summit cairn on Cul Beag (2,522 feet) stands above the mountain’s western cliffs, which drop towards Loch Lurgainn.

Before leaving the mountain, it is worth descending south-eastwards to Lochan Uaine, and including in the walk the subsidiary summit of Meall Dearg (2,151 feet). The northern precipices of Cul Beag as seen from here are spectacular to say the least.

For the descent, follow the route across the south-eastern flank of the mountain and the headwaters of Allt Leathad Doire Ruaidhe as described for Walk 9.

DISTANCE: 6 Miles

GOING: Relentlessly steep and very rough

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