I took advantage of the current spell of good weather and headed up the A9 to Drumochter. Left the main road at the Dalnaspidal sign and parked just shy of the level crossing. A beautiful, clear, spring morning.
Through the level crossing and headed towards the bridge over the Garry. Quite a number of lapwings buzzing about.
I decided to head to Meall na Leitreach first and found a peaty vehicle track leading up to the hill. This saved a bit of effort bashing through heather and led up to the top of the burn flowing north east from the plateau. The track went all of the way over the ring contour and to within 100 metres of the summit - skirting it just to the north. Once I arrived on the plateau, the views really opened out - Schiehallion and Glen Lyon to the south, the Drumochter hills to the east and the Dalnaspidal hills just across the loch.
Took advantage of the good weather to have a lengthy break at the cairn.
Headed back down by the same route - easy going on the dry, peat track.
Once over the bridge, I headed to the Sow of Atholl, following the new track heading north west (not marked on the map). I then took a fairly direct line through the moraines and on through short heather to the summit. A straightforward ascent.
Again, straight back down the way I came up - easy underfoot. Then I picked up the unmarked track leading back to the car.
Great day out in beautiful weather. Also back early enough to miss the traffic on the way home!
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