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Cruach Ardrain

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One of the Munros clustered near the village of Crianlarich, Cruach Ardrain ("stack of the high part") is connected to Beinn Tulaichean, another Munro which is virtually an outlier on its south ridge.

Start from a car park in Glen Falloch (369 239). Go southeast up a track on the southwest bank of the River Falloch and after about 1 km go down to the river and cross it via a bridge. Continue east up grassy slopes to gain the northwest ridge at the upper edge of the trees.

The ridge leads to Grey Height (685m) then Meall Dhamh at 806m. Further on, the path drops slightly to cross a col then continues steeply up the shoulder of Cruach Ardrain. A flat top is reached, with cairns about 25m apart. Go northeast, crossing a slight dip, to gain the true summit at a single cairn.

Most walkers would wish to continue the traverse of Cruach Ardrain, taking in Stob Garbh. From the summit of Cruach Ardrain descend steeply northeast down a rocky slope. A wide col is reached, with the ridge to Stob Garbh ahead. In mist some navigation should be taken, as the ridge is ill defined. From Stob Garbh (959m), continue north down the grassy ridge for about 500m then drop down northwest to enter Coire Ardrain.

Cross the burn in the coire and pick up a track at 396 233. This leads down through the trees to reach the A85 at the east end of Crianlarich.

If you wish to do both Munros, Beinn Tulaichean ("hill of hillocks") is most conveniently done from the south, starting at Inverlochlarig by the River Larig. Fit walkers will have no problem doing both from Crianlarich but this does mean retracing your steps a certain distance.

Reach Inverlochlarig by the public road from Balquhidder along Loch Voil. From Inverlochlarig (having left your car at the car park 750m east) climb the southeast slope above the farm. Crags may be filtered through directly, or avoided on the west with the south ridge just above.

Continue along the ridge to gain the summit of Beinn Tulaichean. The route continues north to Cruach Ardrain, with a minimal drop along a broad grassy ridge, which takes one to a point west of the actual summit. At a small cairn turn right. After about 70m the twin cairns will be seen, beyond which is the single, large cairn marking the summit of Cruach Ardrain.

To return to Inverlochlarig, return along the south ridge of Cruach Ardrain to the col, drop down east on grassy slopes and pick up a track leading south to the farm.


Maps: OS Sheet 50 'Glen Orchy & Loch Etive', 51 'Loch Tay & Glen Dochart' & 56 'Loch Lomond & Inveraray' (These hills are not conveniently positioned for the OS grid system! The OS is working on this problem. There is also a Harvey map, 'Crianlarich', at 1:25 000 which conveniently covers the Crianlarich hills.)
Distance: 12 km (Cruach Ardrain from Crianlarich), 11 km (both Munros from Inverlochlarig)
Ascent: 910 m (Cruach Ardrain from Crianlarich), 1030m (both Munros from Inverlochlarig)
Time: 4 hours (either route)
Food & Drink: Crianlarich has several hotels and a café, while from the Balquhidder approach the Kings House is the place to be!


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