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Beinn Dearg Mhór and Loch Ainort

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Beinn Dearg Mhór and Loch Ainort - FURTHER INFORMATION

Beinn Dearg Mhór and Loch Ainort - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Beinn Dearg Mhór and Loch Ainort' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.

Panorama showing Beinn Dearg Mhór, one of the Red Cuillin hills on Skye in Scotland, seen on the road from Broadford to Portree.

Beinn Dearg Mhor is one of the Red Cuillin Hills of Skye. The name means 'Big Red Hill' and it is very easy to see why. From these slopes there are great views over Loch Ainort and Glas Bheinn Mhór (570m) on the far side. A large salmon farm, looking like a series of floating platforms, has become a landmark in this loch. To the right of Beinn Dearg Mhór is Glamaig (775m), lit by the sun coming through a break in the clouds.

The car visible in the view point lay by is back down the hill, behind which are the peaks of some of the Black Cuillin Hills. From here, if are heading south, look out for the Eas a' Bhradain Waterfall at the foot of Drum Na Cloich brae to the right of the road near the head of Loch Ainort. The waterfall has a car park for keen photographers and is a common departure point for the gentler Cuillin slopes, suitable for the less experienced hill walkers. Nearby towards Broadford is the settlement of Luib, a working croft village with preserved historical croft houses, or "black house" with an original authentic thatched roof and museum showing traditional farming, crofting and fishing tools.

In the other direction, heading north, the road curves around the base of Glamaig giving great views over the Sound of Raasay to Raasay Island from a viewpoint above Sconser Golf Course. From there the road continues all the way along Loch Sligachan. At this point where Loch Sligachan, Glen Sligachan and Glen Drynoch meet there are very dramatic views of the Black Cuillin hills and is the entry point to the far more challenging climbs in the Black Cuillins, including Sgurr Na Gilllean and the infamous Cuillin Ridge. From there you can turn west towards Dunvegan , or north through Portree towards Staffin and Uig, but both routes eventually return back to Sligachan and this one road south.

Travel and Getting There:
On the A87 15 miles south of Portree, approx 18 miles north of Kyleakin or 25 miles north of Armadale, this location is at the summit of Drun Na Cloich hill just past Eas a' Bhradain waterfall. Approx 2 miles south of Sconser.

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