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Meall Corranaich


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Two Munros are taken in with this walk, which starts near the summit of the road crossing the western end of the Ben Lawers range. There are fine views of the Ben Lawers ridge and your legs will be considerably eased by the high starting point!

The road (approaching from Loch Tay) passes the Ben Lawers Visitors' Centre and a little further on a prominent cairn will be seen on a knoll above the road. Space for two or three cars just east of the cairn, without blocking the passing place. Go back down the road a short way to start up a faint path heading up towards the south shoulder of Meall Corranaich.

The path continues up the south-west ridge, before turning left across the west face below the col and so up to the short summit ridge of Meall Corranaich (two cairns, with the actual summit lying a little further north above the steep north-east face).

The walk continues downhill along a broad and easy-angled grassy ridge. In thick mist there could be slight confusion, as its western divides gently into two. Easy grassy slopes lead over the northern ridge, which overlooks craggy ground leading to steeper ground which drops down and left to the col at 780m. The ridge ahead leads to the featureless summit dome of Meall a' Choire Leith, the second Munro (926m, 612439).

Descend from Meall a' Choire Leith to the southwest. If visibility allows, head for a prominent boulder on the north bank of the burn issuing from Coire Gorm. The path may just be seen beyond the burn, leading to slopes above the Allt Gleann Da-Eig. Contour the slopes here then climb slightly towards the shielings indicated on the map.

These shielings (upwards of a dozen visible) are worth a visit, situated in a hollow by the burn. Think on the happy summer days which must have been enjoyed by the young people of the clan here, as they looked after the cattle. If the day is hot enough, there are one or two good pools in the burn!

Return to the road, somewhat boggily, by rounding the knoll to the southwest of the shielings. And why not, if the time is right, visit the NTS Centre and identify the wild flowers you passed on the hill.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 51 'Loch Tay & Glen Dochart'
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 700 m
Time: 3.5 hours
Food & Drink: The Kingshouse at Killin is a friendly stop and has the added bonus of the fine river rapids in front.

 

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