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A solitary Munro lying a few kilometres west of the Tarmachans and gained from Killin. From the village drive up the narrow Glen Lochay road to just west of Duncroisk. There is room for a few cars just past the bridge over the Allt Dhuin Croisg (526 363).

Enter the field on the west side of the burn. There is an information box at the gate, as this is a shooting estate. During the stalking season check the Mountaineering Council of Scotland website www.mountaineering-scotland.org.uk for an up to date telephone number. Continue up the field, which can be very muddy and rutted. Just above are the remains of what must have been quite an extensive village; now only walls remain.

In mist, the broad shoulder of the southeast ridge of Meall Ghaordaidh is easy to wander over. It is approached from an old sheep fank at just over 400m height. The ridge is easily followed, with hopefully views across to the Tarmachans to the east and the Crianlarich hills gradually appearing to the west. Take a careful look at some of the large rocks, as the schistose rock here often contains garnets. This semi-precious stone is recognised as dull, reddish-brown lumps on the smoother schist surfaces.

Below the summit steepening, craggy ground appears. The going is slightly easier on the left, particularly in icy conditions, as many icy patches may be formed in short but steep steps. The summit eventually heaves into view, with a handy drystane wall encircling the trig point. The photo is from the summit, and shows Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin, almost 24 kilometres away to the SSE. Return by the same route.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 51 'Loch Tay & Glen Dochart'
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 890 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: Killin is very well supplied with several hotels, restaurants and cafes.

 

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