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The Tarmachan Ridge

The Tarmachan Ridge

Postby findhornloon » Wed May 23, 2012 8:57 am

Route description: The Tarmachan Ridge

Munros included on this walk: Meall nan Tarmachan

Date walked: 20/05/2012

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 768m

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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 along the ridge from the Tarmachan summit.

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 .
Ben Lawers, Beinn Ghlas and Meall Corranaich from the Meall nan Tarmachan summit.
Loch Tay and the Perthshire Hills.
Zoomed in view of Ben Nevis and the Aonachs about 55km to the NW.

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.
The rocky scramble on the way down from Meall Garbh.

Some photographs showing the variety of ups and downs encountered along the way.
A small lochan and the view west between Tarmachan and Meall Garbh.
Beinn an Eachan and its steep south face.
On the way up the north east slopes of Beinn an Eachan.
Not the usual zig-zags we find in the hills.

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.
Creag na Caillich and the steep eastern face which has a dangerous eroded section of path.

The view of the ridge looking north east from Creag na Caillich.
Jesper on Creag na Caillich as we prepare to head down and return by the track near the small dam.

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