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On the Hill of the Horse Studs

On the Hill of the Horse Studs


Postby Collaciotach » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:45 pm

Route description: Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc

Munros included on this walk: An Stuc, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh

Date walked: 21/07/2012

Time taken: 7 hours

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In the Summer of 1645 the Lawyers country of Clann Diarmid was under the heel of Alasdair Mac Colla Chiotaich. It was this man, the last great Gaelic Catholic General and not Montrose who cleared the field in four major battles against the Covenanters during the Civil Wars of 1644-45.

The children of Diarmid knew him as " Fear Tollaidh nan Tighean"...... the destroyer of houses.

It is likely Alasdair's men burnt the" Castle" of Lawyers, home to the legendary " Ban-tighearona Larbhuir" or " Lady of Lawyers, situated on the shores of Loch Taobha in the shadow of Meall Greigh or the hill of the horse studs.

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Dúthaich Larbhuir


We set off around 10am along the road and i was glad to be off it once we reached the horn carvers place :wink:

An slighe suas bha caol ..the track is narrow onto the flank of Meall Greigh then at the sheiling pastures the vista opens up......

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An rathad suas


Meall Greigh was to produce no views for us however the cloud base was starting to break up as we approached Meall Garbh :D

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Dubh is Geal air a bhealach


Air a mhullach Meall Garbh bha an t side a fas math ..... it very quickly disappeared altogether giving us good sealladh to An Stuc

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Meall Garbh


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An Stuc


Its a nice wee walk over Meall Garbh and onto An Stuc and by the time we reached the summit the sun was out :D

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A mhullach An Stuc


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Dubh is Geal


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An Stuc


The luck of the Gaidheal :D ..we spent an hour on the summit before we dropped down into coire nan cat
via the bealach

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Coire nan Cat


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Loch Coire nan Cat


In total it took us around 7hrs and a fine circuit indeed

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Suil air ais


Agus an Ban tigh eorna Labhuir .... and the Lady of Lawyers ?

The Lady foretold a time when the district would first be riddled,and then sifted of its people.This prophecy is understood to predict the evictions that took place on Lochtay­side during the early years of the second Marquis, who allowed his factor to clear the people off the land and to form large sheep-runs. By 1838, fourteen families had been removed forcibly from Rhynachuilig, twelve from Edramchie, thirteen from Kiltyrie, nine from Cloichran, and nineteen from the farm of Acharn, all places lying at the west end of Loch Tay.

Cúm air Chuimhne

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Baile Labhuir
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby 147cjl » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:31 pm

nice walk that, An Stuc peps it up a bit too and a pint in the Lawers hotel is always a good finish. Good to get some historical facts thrown in and a wee reminder that the Highlands weren't always empty but were full of communities :clap:
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby Bod » Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:24 pm

Lovely report there Collaciotach, I enjoyed this walk very much myself :wink: :D :D
Great you got some time to savour on the summit :D
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:05 pm

147cjl wrote:nice walk that, An Stuc peps it up a bit too and a pint in the Lawers hotel is always a good finish. Good to get some historical facts thrown in and a wee reminder that the Highlands weren't always empty but were full of communities :clap:


Had an overnight in the Lawyers :wink: 1st class
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:07 pm

Bod wrote:Lovely report there Collaciotach, I enjoyed this walk very much myself :wink: :D :D
Great you got some time to savour on the summit :D


Cheers Bod aye its grand :D
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby ronofcam » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:28 pm

21st July, Collaciotach? The trip report says it's that date, but I suspect that it was actually before that? Why would I want to know that, you may ask?! The wee patch of sneachda on An Stuc suggests that it was actually walked maybe a couple of weeks ago? I hope I'm wrong...
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:36 pm

ronofcam wrote:21st July, Collaciotach? The trip report says it's that date, but I suspect that it was actually before that? Why would I want to know that, you may ask?! The wee patch of sneachda on An Stuc suggests that it was actually walked maybe a couple of weeks ago? I hope I'm wrong...


Nah 21st July it was indeed ...last Monday perhaps its no sneachd just light/water only noticed it now :?
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby robertphillips » Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:55 pm

Good report mr c. 8)
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:06 pm

robertphillips wrote:Good report mr c. 8)


Cheers Robert ... hows it feel to complete ? :clap: :clap: :clap:

Corbett s now i bet :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby robertphillips » Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:23 pm

It felt great at the time, started on the corbetts going to rum this weekend. :D
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Re: On the Hill of the Horse Studs

Postby Collaciotach » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:35 pm

robertphillips wrote:It felt great at the time, started on the corbetts going to rum this weekend. :D


haha knew it would be corbetts ......... well done a' bhalaich ,Rum is grand you will enjoy it
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