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Meall nan Subh

Meall nan Subh


Postby Frigate » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:28 pm

Route description: Meall nan Subh, Glen Lochay

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall nan Subh

Date walked: 02/02/2013

Time taken: 3.9 hours

Distance: 10.3 km

Ascent: 683m

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Trying to hold off my 100th munro until all the gang can get together (any excuse for a party) so thought I would just sneak in Stuchd an Lochain but was foiled by the Lawers road.

On the way up there were several areas of ice on the road caused by water run off, the worst was about 15m long, take a good run and keep the wheels straight.
As I went round the first bend on the hill you could see all the passing places stowed with parked? abandoned cars, there must have been about 80 before reaching the car park, which was full. Here the road was rutted ice and freeze/thaw snow, no chance being by myself, so where to go.

I have completed the Munros in Glen Lochay but still one corbett outstanding.


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Distant Ben Challum from Kenknock


Lovely drive along the road in the sun and bagged the last parking space, booted and spurred for 11.50 and off up the road past the farm. There was an RAF MR vehicle parked in the car park and as I walked past Kenknock farm a SAR Seaking flew up the glen and took a right towards Heasgarnich.

Glorious views of the snow covered hills with bright sunlight colouring the snowy areas.

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Ben More and Stob Bennein


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Creag nam Bodach


Followed the road up until a likely looking route showed on the hill then off piste and the fun started.

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General route upwards


At first it was try to avoid the snow banks as the were soft and did not offer support so follow the tussack grass upwards. As height gained this reversed and it was easier to walk on the snow - well relatively, still lots of soft deep patches to catch you unawares.

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Disturbing the wildlife


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Sgiath Chuil across Glen Lochay


I found it hard going especially on the calves but hey ho walk through it.

I was not navigating, well I mean I looked at the map and was going by salient features but not really following a bearing. The snow fields were dictating where I trod so it was a meandering course, aiming upwards.
On the ridge I climbed a knoll to get a view to find another higher knoll about 1/2km away so headed for it. Guess what another one was behind this one, then another. They were only 30-40m high but with the snow they could have been double this height.

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Ist top


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2nd top


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At last


At last I made the true summit which towered right over Glen Lyon and what a view.
Meall Ghaordaidh is a straight forward, plain hill form Glen Lochay but with the three buttresses it is well impressive from Glen Lyon.

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Pubil in Glen Lyon


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Glen Lyon and the butresses of Meall Ghaordaidh


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Meall Ghaordaidh


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Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas peeking out


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Lawers range


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North west to Achaladair and others


The route back was a 'straight' line south towards the car park via a stone cairn.

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Ben Vrlich and Stuc a Chroin



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Way home via cairn


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Glen Lochay


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Car park (in the trees)


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Kenknock and up the glen


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Streamside chandelier
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby Graeme D » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:22 am

I enjoyed this one in summer, but it looks even finer in winter. And you're right about Ghaordaidh - definitely shows her finest side to Glen Lyon. :D
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby davedanson28 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:08 am

Cracking photo's, hurry up and get that 100! :lol: I was up Sgaith Chuil today, met the RAF guys, we took it in turns breaking track on the second Munro! :D I had gone up from the Dochart side, cracking day!
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby pigeon » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:02 pm

A nice wee plan b Kev,where'd you get the camera from :wink:
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby Frigate » Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:23 pm

Graeme D wrote:I enjoyed this one in summer, but it looks even finer in winter. And you're right about Ghaordaidh - definitely shows her finest side to Glen Lyon. :D


Thanks Graeme, I think there are some cracking areas to explore just off the established beaten track, just too many hills and not enough time.

davedanson28 wrote:Cracking photo's, hurry up and get that 100! :lol: I was up Sgaith Chuil today, met the RAF guys, we took it in turns breaking track on the second Munro! :D I had gone up from the Dochart side, cracking day!


Thanks Dave, how'd you get out without the wee man, I bet you were popular on return home.

pigeon wrote:A nice wee plan b Kev,where'd you get the camera from :wink:

That's three times now I've been frustrated by the weather for accessing Glen Lyon. The private link road from Glen Lochay to Glen Lyon was clear of snow as well - sigh.
Work decided to loan it to me, better than photographing pipes and tanks
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby davedanson28 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:00 pm

No Wee Guy this time......he is confined to the lower slopes until the white stuff has gone.....mums orders following all the recent avalanches, he will be fully rested come spring! :shock:
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby Silverhill » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:36 pm

The best way up Meall Ghaordaidh is definitely from Glen Lyon!
Stunning pictures of the winter wonderland 8)
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby Gavin99 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:55 pm

Nice one Kev , that looks like a more interesting route than the short way up from the top of the pass. How was the road over to Pubil , it looks like there are some serious potholes , were the gates locked ?
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby Frigate » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:48 pm

Gavin99 wrote:Nice one Kev , that looks like a more interesting route than the short way up from the top of the pass. How was the road over to Pubil , it looks like there are some serious potholes , were the gates locked ?

Thanks Gavin, there are some serious holes mainly at the hairpin bends. The gates were shut but not locked had it not been late I may have been tempted to go fetch the car but had already wasted to much time trying the Lawers road.
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby rockhopper » Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:27 pm

Certainly was a great day last Saturday ! Know what you mean about that road - can get very slippery. Lovely views and very clear - cheers :)
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby ScottishLeaf » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:08 am

I was next door on Ghaordaidh.
What a day it was for walking in Glen Lochay.

That wee road is in terrible nick, really needing repairs, plenty of places for water to lie. Especially when the road passes the big pipe. I guess it'll be well down Stirling Council's list of priorities to fix though.
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Re: Meall nan Subh

Postby Frigate » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:34 pm

ScottishLeaf wrote:I was next door on Ghaordaidh.
What a day it was for walking in Glen Lochay.

That wee road is in terrible nick, really needing repairs, plenty of places for water to lie. Especially when the road passes the big pipe. I guess it'll be well down Stirling Council's list of priorities to fix though.


Aye it was a grand day, does not the road belong to the hydro who I doubt will even have a list.
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