The first hike of our six-stop Highland tour, the Tarmachan Ridge is a nice, easy-going introduction to Munro climbing while still providing some of the best views the central Highlands have to offer.
The initial ascent from the Lawers car park to Meall nam Tarmachan is short and sweet (one of the shortest munro climbs out there, in fact), and thus achieves the first and highest point on the ridge. ‘Ridge’, it should be noted, does not in this case imply an arete or any exposed scrambling, but simply a loosely-connected series of Munros.
There is one ridge-like section between Cam Chreag and Beinn nam Eachan, which is welcome but regrettably short. From here there is a difficult and awkward (or simple and straightforward if unlike us you choose the correct path to the right) descent to a bealach below Creag na Caillich which can be ascended to complete the ridge or bypassed entirely. The section between here and the wide track which returns to the car park is undulative, marshy and without any real path to follow.
*Walkhighlands not seeming to be letting me upload any photos - take my word for it that it was a lovely day!
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