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Lost in Glen Lyon? You need an Inver-VAR Check!

Lost in Glen Lyon? You need an Inver-VAR Check!


Postby Craiging619 » Mon May 03, 2021 11:00 am

Route description: Càrn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Càrn Mairg & Creag Mhòr

Munros included on this walk: Càrn Gorm, Càrn Mairg, Creag Mhòr (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Càrn Mairg)

Date walked: 04/09/2015

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 18.3 km

Ascent: 1320m

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Went to Glen Lyon a couple of months after buying my first car, and did the normal round from Invervar. I was so excited to finally have a car that I insisted on going the Great Western Road / A82 / Crianlarich route instead of the M9, almost as a homage to all my bus journeys over the previous years.

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A brief stop at Loch Iubhair (that's not my tent).

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Watch out!

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I COME FROM A LAND DOWN UNDER!!!

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After parking in Invervar I spotted a deer stalking sign that looked like it had been based on Alan Partridge's World Cup '94 Soccermeter. Still not quite made sense of it.

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It all looked quite straightforward at first, but then I struggled to find the Lint Mill... :?

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Erm. I had followed my nose into a large wood with no discernible path. After 5-10 minutes of wandering around I decided to double back to the road and try again.

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Phew! Where's VAR when you need it?

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The path led uphill to some sort of large construction site: all in all, not the most pleasant start to a hillwalk...

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Like a Persimmon site 1/4 of the way through construction.

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The construction road at least made for quick progress uphill, and at 410m I found the bridge leading to the Carn Gorm path.

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Lovely! See you later guys.

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Finally I was heading out into the wilds (well, relative wilds - this is a busy circuit of four Munros).

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Cloud was now brushing the summit of Carn Gorm.

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Eventually I made it to the summit. Carn Gorm is a giant so even with the 200m head-start it's a straight 830m or so of ascent.

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The trig point has seen better days(!)

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I headed round on the path that bypasses An Sgòrr.

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A line of fenceposts now led the way towards Meall Garbh,

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2/4! And one of the most unusual "cairns" you'll ever see.

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Schiehallion (I think).

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Between the fenceposts and the path, the route was obvious enough over to Meall a' Bharr, which leads onto Carn Mairg.

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Ah.

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Well that's not the summit eh.

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The path led up to what looked like a small tor on the summit of Carn Mairg.

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I escaped from the clouds by heading over the other side to the col with Meall Liath.

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Finally I arrived at the hill so good they named it twice - Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean).

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There were fine views of Glen Lyon throughout the descent.

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Ah, you again. Any chance you could fix that trig point at the top of Carn Gorm?

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Exit via Lint Mill, which thankfully I have located now.

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Stopped off at Fortingall on the way back to see the Yew Tree, renowned as one of the oldest (possibly the oldest) tree in Britain.

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It was impressive. I was expecting it to be taller for some reason, but it was much thicker than I'd imagine, A little bit of history tucked away near Loch Tay...

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