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We are heading deep into Rob Roy Macgregor country for this walk up a Corbett. Head for Balquhidder and continue west along the public road as far as the Inverlochlarig Tourist Information Centre where there is parking space. Walk along the road west through the farm steadings at Inverlochlarig and continue up the glen to reach a footbridge over the River Larig at GR 427 174.

Continue up-river for about 500m to a sheepfold, then head south uphill to reach a height of about 450m. From this point a climb up and right to avoid rocky slopes takes you to a platform on the north ridge of the mountain. Follow the steep but uncomplicated north ridge to gain the north top of Stob a'Choin. From here there are fine views, especially of the Crianlarich group of hills.

The north top is, however, some 4m lower than the actual summit (869m), which is about 120m away on a course of 153 degrees (true). From here, continue east and descend to the Bealach Coire an Laoigh just below 650m, then back up to cross over the two tops of Meall Reamhar and Craig nan Saighead (not named on the 1:50K sheet).

Descend the NNE ridge of Craig nan Saighead to reach the footbridge you took on the approach. There is a forestry track going down Glen Sgionie, but it's well defended by forestry unless you like a battle!

 

Maps: OS Sheet 56 'Loch Lomond & Inveraray'
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 740 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: There is a wee tea room at Balquhidder which might be open, otherwise it's the Kingshouse at Balquhidder.

 

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