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Just south of Loch Laggan lies a group of modest Munros, three in all, which are taken in by this walk. The total length, some 24 km, may be easily reduced to a more friendly 16 km or so by using mountain bikes.

Start at the A86 road at a concrete bridge over the River Spean, about 1 km south west of the outflow of Loch Laggan near Moy (443 830). Take estate roads, first south, then bending east round Binnein Shuas to Lochan na h-Earba. A stalker's path leaves the SE corner of the lochan and goes SE up the Allt Coire Pitridh. Follow this for about 1.5 km then go south up the NE flank of Beinn a'Chlachair, the first Munro of the day.

Gain the shoulder and continue west round the coire edge to reach the summit just back from the edge. Go back and follow a broad ridge for 1.5 km to just before a crag. Avoid this by descending to the north and pick up a stalker's path. At a fork a little lower, take the right fork and continue north, until its high point is gained, on the west flank of Geal Charn, our second Munro. Go east and easily up slopes to the summit (1049m; 504 812).

Go back down west to the col then up a short ascent to Creag Pitridh. Craggy ground may be avoided by keeping to the left (924m; 487 814). From this final summit, descend south west and pick up the stalker's path you began with, leading to Lochan na h-Earba and hopefully, your mountain bikes, for a swooping descent back to the road.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 42 'Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch'
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 1300 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: Roy Bridge, about 16 km to the west, has a hotel.

 

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