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Beinn Mholach from Dalnaspidal

Beinn Mholach from Dalnaspidal

Postby drumtian » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:45 pm

Route description: Beinn Mholach, from Dalnaspidal

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn Mholach

Date walked: 15/08/2011

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 19 km

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Beinn Mholach is often combined with Stob an Aonaich Mhoir in long day accessed from Loch Rannoch. However it also makes a pleasant, if less challenging, outing in its own right. My route started from Dalnaspidal just off the A9, cycled along the west side of Loch Garry returning along the new track on the east side of the loch.
I parked my vehicle beside the 2 renovated cottages at Dalnaspidal, crossed the railway at the designated crossing and took a right turn onto the track which goes along the west side of Loch Garry. The first part of the route will be familiar to those who have walked on the Sow of Atholl. This route lends itself to a cycle along the well maintained track and was delightful with birds singing and calling at the first part of the walk. The track ends at a stream and my advice is to leave your bike here as the track becomes a wet, boggy path. To continue the ascent, continue west along the path to the much bigger Allt Shallain river crossing at approx 623686, go across the bridge and ascend the easy north east ridge. At about 700 metres the huge cairn at the top of Beinn Molach is apparent and after an easy, pleasant walk across some moorland you arrive at what is one of the biggest cairns I have seen on any Scottish hill!
I descended almost the same way but diverted down to meander by the Allt Shallain which has some nice small water falls.
Returning to the bike you have 2 options. Either, go back the same way or, if you are prepared to carry your bike and ford the Allt Shallain close to where it flows into Loch Garry. Although water levels were relatively high the day I walked, the river at this point is wider and posed no problem to cross.You can then travel back along the new track to Dalnaspidal. The track is not shown on OS maps but it does exist. The Estate seems to been busy creating new routeways into these hills, some of which you can see from the A9. The track is almost completely flat as it faithfully follows the shore of the loch. This takes you back to Dalnaspidal after about 25 minutes of easy cycling. :D
Last edited by drumtian on Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:43 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Beinn Mholach from Dalnaspidal

Postby Graeme D » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:51 pm

So, that's what you see from up there when it's not completely clagged in! Some cairn is it not. Probably visible from space. :lol:
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