The Tarmachan Ridge overlooking Killin, Loch Tay is reckoned to be one of the best ridge walks in Scotland and it certainly lived up to its expectations, an excellent day out, full of variety and great panoramic views. This is one of the quickest Munro's to climb as the car park is at 450m so the real summit (1044m) can be reached in about 1.5 hours and is generally easy going with only one short steep ascent to the summit before the ups and downs of the ridge and its 'tops'.
The view from down below may not impress, however it just gets better and better as you traverse the ridge, Cairngorms to the north, Nevis ranges to the west, the nearby hills and glens of Perthshire and Stirlingshire and of course the ridge itself .
The walk can be undertaken as a circuit from Meall nan Tarmachan westwards or in reverse by heading along a track to the western 'tops' and leaving the Munro until the end of the ridge walk. Rather than describe the walk in detail I suggest you go out there and enjoy the experience. In good weather conditions it is mostly a straight forward climb and walk along a well defined and maintained path, however the path leads directly to an interesting small rocky scramble on the way down from Meall Garbh (treacherous if wet or icy) which can be by-passed to the right down a grassy and rocky slope.
Some photographs showing the variety of ups and downs encountered along the way.
If doing the full circuit anti-clockwise, beware of a scary and dangerous small section of eroded path on the way down and around the south east face of Creag na Caillich with an almost sheer 250m drop, this can be avoided by going around to the west of the summit.
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