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A geography lesson on Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon)
by Second chance » Sat May 11, 2013 7:20 pm
Route description: Meall Buidhe
Munros included on this walk: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon)
Date walked: 07/05/2013
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 8.5 km
Ascent: 551mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
In February this year I got stuck in a snow drift on this road. Needless to say I reached Bridge of Balgie in Glen Lyon, it was the back of nine by then and the mist was starting to clear. From the Bridge of Balgie its a short drive along another one track road until you come to a junction that goes up to the right. Its easy to miss this exit, its marked "Loch Estates". After going through a deer gate you soon reach the dam at Loch an Daimh and the parking area. See pic 1
There is good visitor board at the car park that's worth a look at as it gives you good safety info and advice. Meall Buidhe (Gaelic for yellow hill) is quite a small Munro and is quite straight forward. I followed the route as suggested in "WalkHighlands" and it was ok. Most of the way up is marshy, wet, and boggy even on a fine day, best to wear good boots and perhaps garters. The route mentions a faint path, faint is the word as its that boggy you tend to drift off to find a better footing. In times like this I use my compass and map and to keep to the direction of travel rather than depend on a path of dubious directions. See pic 2.
Once on the upper stages the route dries out but even at this time of year there was snow lying. See Pic 3.
Pressing on you reach the summit of Meall a'Phuill at 878m. See Pic 4. From here the walk to the summit of Meall Buidhe is a doddle, its a very broad ridge. It was quiet on the hills that day they must have all been away watching Prince Harry in the USA.
When you arrive at the Meall Buidhe cairn its a "WOW", it is like being in the middle of a large 3D map and being given a geography lesson by nature itself. The position of this Munro and lack of obstructions means that its a 360 degree view of all the mountain ranges - you feel like you are a small pawn in this enormous board game that is rolled out and being played in front of you.
See pic 5.http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/posting.php?mode=edit&f=9&t=31565&p=191707#
I must have stayed at the top for more than an hour, taking in the views and using my Munro map tried to identify every outline of every hill. eg, Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, the Grampians, Schiehallion, the Lawers group, Meall Ghaordie, the Crainlarich Hills, the Mamlorn hills, the Bridge of Orchy hills, and Glencoe. If you haven't done this hill yet, I recommend it.
To descend you simply retrace your footsteps, but because its so boggy and wet just head in the direction of the dam, and watch and not slip. Once at the car park and if you have enough time and energy you can tackle Stuchd an Lochain to make it a full day. Or if your are an old timer like me, I'll keep it for another fine day on the hills. [i]See Pic 6.
- 6. Panorama of Loch an Daimh and Stuchd an Lochain
- 5. Panorama over Rannoch Moor
- 4. From Meall a Phuill cairn, Munro Stuchd an Lochain and the Crainlarich hills.
- 3. On the ascent with snow and Stuchd an Lochain in the background
- 2. The muddy ascent with the dam below
- 1. The dam and car park at Loch an Daimh
by ScottishLeaf » Sat May 11, 2013 9:10 pm
I was thinking about ticking these two off in the coming weeks, so a timely report for me.
Cheers for posting
by simon-b » Sun May 12, 2013 1:26 pm
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