Càrn Mòr Dearg

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Càrn Mòr Dearg
Ben nevis 2004.jpg
Càrn Mòr Dearg: seen from Aonach Mor
Highest point
Elevation1,220 m (4,000 ft)[1]
Prominence162 m (531 ft)
Parent peakBen Nevis
ListingMunro, Marilyn
English translationGreat red peak
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [ˈkʰaːrˠn ˈmoːɾ ˈtʲɛɾɛk]
English approximation: KARN-mor-JERR-ek
LocationLochaber, Scotland
OS gridNN177722
Topo mapOS Landranger 41

Càrn Mòr Dearg (1,220 m (4,000 ft)) is the ninth-highest mountain in Scotland. It is situated in the west of Scotland, close to the town of Fort William, in Lochaber, Highland. It lies just to the north-west of its much more famous neighbour, Ben Nevis, to which it is linked by the spectacular Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête.

Carn Mor Dearg and the arete as seen from Ben Nevis

The ascent of Càrn Mòr Dearg from the north (start from the North Face Car Park), the traverse of the arête, and the scramble up the north side of Ben Nevis make one of the best horse-shoe routes in Scotland.[2]

Signage on the path from the North Face Car Park to Ben Nevis and CMD

Snow Sports[edit]

Càrn Mòr Dearg is attractive to ski mountaineers and off piste skiers and boarders. In good conditions the summit can be reached from the nearby Nevis Range Ski areas in two hours or less. With enough snow, the descent from the summit to the CIC Hut gives a long, pleasant grade 1 descent. The eastern flank of the mountain has three fine bowls which give descents graded between 2 and 5 in K. Biggin's guide.[3]

Carn Mor Dearg as seen from Aonach Mor showing the snow bowl that attract off piste snowsports enthusiasts. Taken late winter with a poor snow cover. Ben Nevis is behind

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Càrn Mòr Dearg". Hill Bagging - the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. ^ Irvine Butterfield (1986). The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland. London: Diadem Books. p. 98. ISBN 0-906371-71-6.
  3. ^ Kenny Biggin, Scottish Offpiste Skiing and Snowboarding : Nevis Range and Ben Nevis (Spean Bridge : Skimountain, 2013)97-105.

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Coordinates: 56°48′20″N 4°59′15″W / 56.80549°N 4.98744°W / 56.80549; -4.98744