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Mullach nan Coirean

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This walk incorporates two of the ten Munros found in the Mamore Ridge group of mountains. They are easily accessed from Glen Nevis and provide superb walking on the big scale with a suitably panoramic vista in all directions.

Begin at the Achriabhach car park in Glen Nevis (146 683). A path starting at a gate opposite the cottages leads to a forest walk, the first section of which goes to meet a road at a hairpin bend. Take the upper road northwest for about 700m to the start of a path on the left and take this path through the forest.

A stile leads to the now open hillside, following a fence southeast to gain the northeast ridge of Mullach nan Coirean and a better path. The easy-angled ridge leads in 2.5 km to the summit, with a stirring view over Glen Nevis to The Ben. The next section of the walk heads for the second Munro of the day, Stob Ban (white peak). On certain mornings, I'm not the only one to have thought that a thin coating of snow had appeared overnight, so white are the quartzite screes high up this fine peak.

Drop down southeast via easy slopes, skirting the rim of the coire, and take a gently undulating ridge southeast over the SE top of Mullach nan Coirean (917m). The ridge firms up and continues northeast, taking in a minor top before dropping east to the col at 846m. Here you cannot but fail to note the change in rock type, from red to grey, granite to quartzite. Continue east then more steeply southeast amongst the sharp-edged quartzite rocks to gain the summit of Stob Ban (999m, 147 654).

To go down to Glen Nevis and the starting point, take the narrow east ridge, gaining grassy slopes and descending to find a good stalker's path near the col at the head of Coire a'Mhusgain. Take this path and its north branch, into the coire on the east side of the burn and so back to Achriabhach.


Maps: OS Sheet 41 'Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe'
Distance: 12 km
Ascent: 1130 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: The fleshpots of Fort William beckon, with a large range of refreshment stops. For the discerning, the seafood restaurant on the waterfront is worth booking a table at. Real climbers go to the Nevisbank Hotel, just south of the turn-off for Glen Nevis, while Nevisport has a good upstairs restaurant above the shop.


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