Beinn Dearg Loop and the 'Famine' Wall One-day tour

Our partner: Mckenzie Mountaineering - Guided Walking Adventures


The highest peak in the Northern Highlands, Beinn Dearg is a fine big nugget of a hill, dominating views south-east from Ullapool.

This walk takes you up the beautiful Glen Sguaib to the famous Beinn Dearg and our return follows the west flank along a wonderful ridge. This is the shortest way up and down this grand mountain.

A great drystone wall runs from the bealach up the eastern flank of Beinn Dearg, over the summit plateau and down the long west ridge.

It’s a phenomenal piece of engineering, constructed from blocks of stone and, in places, is almost two metres (6ft) tall.

It’s known as a “famine wall” and is part of the often sad history of the people who once scraped a living in the shadow of the hills where today so many spend their leisure time.

Walk details: 12.3 miles, 20 km – Ascent 1066 m, Descent 1066 m – Walking time 7 h


1 Adults (16+) - GBP 45 pp

2 Adults (16+) - GBP 40 pp

3 Adults (16+) - GBP 37 pp

4 Adults (16+) - GBP 35 pp

(Tier Pricing is only for one booking of up to four Adults)

Concession (65+) - GBP 35 pp


What´s Included

  • Fully guided walk
  • Insight into Geology and Nature
  • Fully qualified Walking Guide
  • Transfer from Ullapool to Start of Walk and return to Ullapool (meeting at start of walk is possible)
  • Short intro into navigation in the mountains with map and compass

What to bring

  • Good pair of walking boots/shoes
  • Warm layers for when the weather is not ideal
  • Waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Snacks & Lunch for a break outside on hill
  • Rucksack to carry all above if not needed

Additional information

Meeting point for transport from Ullapool is the Royal Hotel Ullapool Car Park at 9 am.

For all who make their own way to the Start of the walk, meeting time is 09.15 am.