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Meallach Mhor

Meallach Mhor


Postby Ian Johnston » Tue May 10, 2011 11:43 am

Route description: Meallach Mhor and Croidh-la, Glen Tromie

Corbetts included on this walk: Meallach Mhor

Date walked: 04/05/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 25 km

Ascent: 710m

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A nice short day above Glen Tromie with really fine views.

Parking around Druimguish needs care - there is space for about 5 cars just off the road in the woods, but parking in the hamlet itself would be less easy and intrusive. Druimguish is also a reasonably well used start point for D of E groups (I've assessed several starting or finishing here).

I used a bike to get up Glen Tromie as far as NN766937, where clumps of junipers at the south end of an area of flat ground are a useful place to leave it. The cycling element was about 12 km.

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The view to the upper glen is dominated by Mullach coire nan Dearcag ([i]summit of the corrie of little berries[i]). Striking uphill from this point, a faint Argo track can be followed to a point where it crosses the burn draining the Coire Bealach. From this point, any line up the broad flank of Meallach Bheag gets you to this summit with a good view of the hill ahead.

A short walk SE across the bealach followed by an easy climb and you're at the summit of Meallach Mhor.

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The hill itself isn't much to look at, but it has a very wide view. Creag Meagaidh is prominent to the west, the window and the Post Face were both clearly visible.

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Futher to the south west, there's a good view to the central highlands - Ben Alder down to the Grey Corries.

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While to the south, probably the best view of the Gaick Pass and Loch an't Seilich that you can get.

I followed the ridge back north over Clach-Mheall (the only stones on a heathery ridge!) to Croidh-La. This takes about an hour, but is very well worth it. I did this walk in the driest weather there's been for years, but in more usual conditions the ground would be initially boggy, but improves on the way to Clach-Mheall and gets to be easy over short heather.

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The view of the Spey valley from Croidh-La is very fine, and you can look straight across to Kingussie and Newtonmore with the Monadhliath beyond. I headed back south west from here to return to the bike, but if you're on foot the logical route would be to continue north down the north ridge of Croidh-La.

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I don't recall seeing so much Cloudberry in flower as i did on this hill, perhaps the dry Spring weather suits it? Other wildlife included a lizard scurrying across my boots, and an Osprey fishing the Spey near to Druimguish.

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It's worth taking time on the way back down Glen Tromie. The name is an anglisication of the Gaelic [i]Glen of the Elder trees[i], an indication that it is really nicely wooded. As well as Elders, there is a mix of Oak, Rowan, Juniper, Birch, Willow and a few Beeches in the lower glen.

A hill which I'm guessing isn't climbed that often, but a really good viewpoint and a pleasant day.


Ian


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Re: Meallach Mhor

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue May 10, 2011 8:24 pm

Nice report on an area I enjoy :D .
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Re: Meallach Mhor

Postby ChrisW » Tue May 10, 2011 8:32 pm

good stuff Ian, looks like my kind of place (rolling hills and heather) and best of all away from the masses :D
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