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Meall an t-Seallaidh


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It is a half-day's walk up this Corbett, lying north of Balquhidder. Start from the Village Hall at Balquhidder (donation for parking invited) and walk to the Auld Kirk where Rob Roy Macgregor and his wife are buried. It is also possible to take the path from the parking spot to the falls, joining the track to our hill further on.

The track behind the church eventually becomes a forestry track, one of several at different heights. There has been much cutting here, and until new trees grow in height much of the hillsides are not pretty! Before you gain much height look at the slopes of Meall an t-Seallaidh on the right, and pick out a line of descent from its south ridge at the end of the walk.

Continue up the forest tracks to reach the high point where the track bends back right. A sign marks the continuation of the path leading to Glen Dochart. Take this to Lochan an Eireannaich, where interesting fallen boulders and flora are well worth a short diversion.

Leave the lochan and go back east under crags until an easy way up to a top at 789m is seen. This is the furthest point on our walk from the start. Another Corbett, Creag Mac Ranaich, is visible just north of east, but to include it would necessitate some transport arrangement. Instead, head SE down to a flat, boggy col, then begin rising to Meall an Fhiodhain (817m). The ridge continues easily to Cam Chreag (812m), which is partially ringed by crags. Drop down on its east side until it's possible to continue south to the Corbett of the day, Meall an t-Seallaidh (852m).

There are two tops, close together, with the trig point on the east top. It makes a fine viewpoint in good weather, looking back over Cam Chreag to point 789. This probably explains its name, 'Hill of the sight'. The best descent route is now to drop down the south ridge a way until slopes lead SE back to the forestry track. This will descend to join the one you started up and so back to either the church or the falls and the car park beyond.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 51 'Loch Tay & Glen Dochart'
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 800 m
Time: 3.5  hours
Food & Drink: There's a tea room at Balquhidder and the Kingshouse just up the road off the A84.

 

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