11th April 2009

At 1084m high, Beinn Dearg, near Ullapool is one of the highest hills in the local area. Approached from Inverlael and then up Gleann na Squaib, the walk into this hill provides superb views onto the northern crags of Beinn Dearg.

The interactive panorama below was a test piece for BBC Scotland. I had been commissioned to provide a series of interactive mountain panoramas and was scoping out the requirements of the commission. 360° Panoramic photography has advanced considerably since 2009 and this particular project was possibly ahead of its time. It did however allow for some invaluable developments for panoramic photography.

With great views on the way up the hill, the low cloud lingering just above the summit didn’t allow for the otherwise spectacular views to be shown at their best. There’s always another day though when it comes to the Scottish hills…

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The image above is part of a Virtual Tour of the Fannich Mountains. Click on the link button above to access the tour then select Beinn Dearg from the opening map and enjoy touring the summits across the seasons!

Find the links to neighbouring hills and explore the view from nearby summits. And if you would like to see nearby summits named, then find and click on the links at the base of some of the cairns.

To see more of my interactive Panoramic photographs, please follow the link buttons below:

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The approach to Beinn Dearg through Lael Forest, through the gate at the top of the forest and onto the path up Gleann na Squaib

The approach up Gleann na Squaib with Beinn Dearg in the background – and Tania in the foreground…!

Looking back over the forest at Lael.

Higher up Gleann na Squaib, Beinn Dearg’s neighbour Meall nan Ceapraichean comes into view

Views to the west, including Beinn Ghobhlach on the Scoraig Peninsula, the Summer Isles in Loch Broom and the summit of Meall nan Ceapraichean.

Views to the surrounding hills, west, including Seana Bhraigh, Ben More Coigach. and Beinn Ghobhlach.

Destitution Wall – one of the significant landmarks on Beinn Dearg. This dry stone dyke runs for several miles along summit ridge of Beinn Dearg. Built in the mid 1840s during the potato famine. by starving crofters in return for food, the wall stands as a monument to the harsh Highland living conditions in the 19th century.

The summit of Beinn Dearg. Click on the button below to access the high resolution composite panorama. This 360° interactive panorama can be panned and zoomed and has a number of embedded hotspots.

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A view from the summit towards Seana Bhraigh and a view of Tania waiting patiently behind the summit.

The Sutherland hills and the view westwards during the descent.