I thought I'd done most of the readily accessible hills from the A9 as breaks in my occasional journeys between Inverness and Edinburgh, but realised there was a third corbett accessible from Dalnaspidal that I hadn't done - Beinn Mholach, though unlike Sow of Atholl and Meall na Leitreach, it's not visible from the A9.
I parked by the level crossing and set off at 1.30pm, no early start for me! It's quite a long walk in on a good track alongside Loch Garry, water levels even lower than normal just now. When the track ends I suspect the ground to be crossed would normally be pretty muddy, but the recent warm, dry weather made it no bother to walk across, reaching the hydro building and rejoining another vehicle track to cross the river and continue on. Popped into the bothy as a small detour (didn't stay, just changed the calendar on to September), then set off up the hill.
Again, the dry weather made this hill easier than it might otherwise be. I wasn't on a path or track, I just aimed to the right of the obvious rocky nobble, where I then joined up with an ATV track for a bit. I'd seen there was a graham nearby too, and looking over to it from here made it look easy to tag on to the walk. I decided to make the definite decision on it when I was back at this point, so continued on up Beinn Mholach.
The hill was frustratingly deceptive after that - the big cairn comes into sight for a bit, but there are false summits and more ups and downs than I expected; I was just glad a lot of the peat hags were fairly dry. There were traces of a path in parts, but I'd taken what I thought was a pretty direct line to the summit and it seemed to involve more effort than the route I took back from the summit then knowing the terrain! A good viewpoint though and it did feel like quite a remote spot.
I headed back, skirting to the left a lot more on the way back to avoid doing every up and down bump again. The section of walk on the top of Beinn Mholach had taken longer than I'd thought it would, but I was pretty sure I'd have time to add on Creag a'Mhadaidh. I hadn't read anything about it as I'd not been expecting to do it, but it looked straightforward enough. I dropped back down to the vehicle track and followed it up to roughly the high point on the pass, then took a direct line through the pathless heather and grass to the slopes of the hill. Again, the dry weather meant this was no bog fest. (I've since read that it can be done from Trinafour to the east or Annat to the south, but as I was nearby anyway, I tagged it on to this Dalnaspidal walk). Nice views to nearby Beinn a'Chuallaich which I did earlier this year.
Pretty much a straight line back to the track and followed it all the way back to the car again. A longer walk than I'd set out to do, I'd have started a bit earlier if I'd known I was going to add the second summit - but another nice break from the A9 drive
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