Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil
by gman » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:42 pm
Route description: Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil from Glen Dochart
Munros included on this walk: Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil
Date walked: 30/09/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 15.75 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Got to Auchessan just after 9 & parked on grass verge facing Crianlarich, when I got back others were parked in front of me so couldn't see oncoming traffic too well when pulling out(!). Started off road to farm about 9:30
Went past all white buildings & barn on right - half a dozen dogs ran out of the barn to say hello/bark insanely. Were called back by voice from barn. Then through a couple of gates to the fence round woodland area. They've marked the paths with white discs showing footprints.
Bit muddy on the route between fence & burn but not too bad, there had been a couple of dry days before. Looking back down you get a view of Ben More - handy to remember where the start/finish point is relative to this as the route is often pathless.
Eventually got to end of fenced woodland and the path petered out, but followed the burn till the sleeper bridge & dam were reached.
Took compass bearing from dam & headed up towards the crags.
For most of this route I was the only person on the hills (with a couple of deer for company) so I was glad I've started using walking poles since you get extra grip on boggy ground and steep descents on grass.
Further up you get a better look at the crags, headed straight for them and it's easy to walk around to the peak. There are a few stalker's paths on these hills but they seem to bypass the summits.
The cairn is just behind the crags - one down, but still the descent/climb to Beinn Cheathaich to come.
The grass is very steep on the descent so poles came in handy, at the bottom there's more boggy ground to cover before heading upwards.
Couldn't find a path so it was straight across to the ridge at the north side, there was a faint path once I was heading upwards. Then on to the cairn - wind picking up by now.
From here it's an easy ridge walk to Meall Glas, met 4 guys coming from the summit .
From the cairn, I just headed back down & tried to follow the route. Couldn't find any path or burn to follow so I just headed for the left hand side of Ben More with Meall Glas behind me:
Eventually the fenced wooded area came into view & I knew I was going to the right of it. Then I found the burn with a path at the side, but the direct route I took was OK too & was a bit more interesting than following a path. Next there's a style over the fence (seen from Auchessan side):
Straightforward from here back to the farm.
by ChrisW » Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:54 pm
by jester » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:07 pm
by jester » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:22 pm
Turns out that is Beinn Cheathaich and I didn't do that one. For a minute I thought I'd went to a summit cairn instead of a trig!
by gman » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:33 am
by pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:39 am
by lomondwalkers » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:28 pm