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Four at Glen Lyon

Four at Glen Lyon

Postby ScottyBoy76 » Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:51 pm

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: 18/07/2021

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 19.6 km

Ascent: 1307m

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A very early start today, leaving the house at 0330 to get to Invervar for 0530. It’s all about getting a parking space you see :lol:

The forecast was for a cloudy but dry day so I was looking forward to a great morning’s hike as I began the ascent to the first Munro, Càrn Gorm.

Off I go on another long walk.

Upon reaching around the 700m mark the wind was really picking up and there were clouds on all the other summits which are to the right hand side as you ascend Càrn Gorm. At least it wasn’t raining though.

Clouds on Meall na Aighean and Càrn Mairg.

Meall Garbh with cloud. Not to be confused with all the other Meall Garbhs…

No views to be had on the summit of Càrn Gorm sadly, and the wind was horrendous so I didn’t hang around too long. Time to head to the next one, Meall Garbh.

Almost at the top.

Càrn Gorm summit.

Coming down off Càrn Gorm things were already starting to improve. The clouds were moving quickly and views were stating to appear. Whilst making my way to Meall Garbh I made a quick detour from the Walk Highlands route to check out a nearby Munro Top, An Sgorr.

View from An Sgorr back to Càrn Gorm. It’s already cleared up.

It’s a pretty straightforward down and up again to the rocky summit of Meall Garbh and it’s ‘cairn’. By now the wind had started to die down and the views really opened up. I could see the Lawers range in all its glory, and to the north east Schiehallion.

Meall Garbh summit ‘cairn’.

Lawers range starting to appear.

Moving on to Munro number three, Càrn Mairg, required passing over another Top, Meall a’ Bharr. This Top provided some of the best views of the day in my opinion.


Ben Lawers and friends.

I was making good progress as I made it to Càrn Mairg. The sun was trying its best to break through the cloud but it wasn’t happening. Thankfully the wind had eased to a breeze and I was really enjoying this walk.

Approaching Càrn Mairg.

Càrn Mairg summit with Schiehallion in the background.

With just one more Munro to go I decided once again to make a quick detour to check out another Top, Meall Liath. My third Munro Top of the day to go with the four Munros. It was a very quick climb to the top so well worth the extra time.

Meall na Aighean from Meall Liath.

It was about 1130 by the time I got to the summit of Meall na Aighean (Creag Mhòr). The view to the Lawers range from here is superb.

Looking back at Càrn Mairg.

Meall na Aighean summit with the first Munro, Càrn Gorm, in the background.

Lawers range and Glen Lyon.

The descent back down to Invervar was quicker and easier than I thought it would be, with fantastic views down Glen Lyon and over to the first Munro of the day, Càrn Gorm.

Glen Lyon.

Nice view of Càrn Gorm on the descent.

The old lint mill near the starting point of the walk.

Overall this was a superb walk with excellent views and some easy straightforward ascents. The views are brilliant and on a clear sunny day this walk would be an absolute must. I highly recommend it.
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