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Meall na Leitreach & The Sow of Atholl

PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 8:06 pm
by colinwatson
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.

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The Sow of Atholl from just past the level crossing


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.

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At the top of Meall na Leithreach


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Looking south to Schiehallion


Headed back down by the same route - easy going on the dry, peat track.

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Looking north on the descent


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Heading to the Sow of Atholl


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Sgairneach Mhor from Loch Garry


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.

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Drumochter Pass from the Sow of Atholl


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The A9 munros (east)


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The A9 munros (west)


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Looking south from the Sow of Atholl


Again, straight back down the way I came up - easy underfoot. Then I picked up the unmarked track leading back to the car.

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Meall na Leithreach


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Looking up to Drumochter from near the level crossing


Great day out in beautiful weather. Also back early enough to miss the traffic on the way home!