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Easy leg-stretcher at Lochearnhead

Easy leg-stretcher at Lochearnhead


Postby Jaxter » Mon May 27, 2019 11:45 am

Route description: Creag Mac Ranaich and Meall an t-Seallaidh

Corbetts included on this walk: Creag Mac Ranaich, Meall an t-Seallaidh

Date walked: 10/06/2018

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 17.13 km

Ascent: 1091m

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I hadn’t seen Colin in a while and had a wee half day free – the forecast looked good in the early part of the day and had an idea to have a crack at these two corbetts as they were relatively close to home. Rather than starting from Lochearnhead, Colin said it was better to go from Edinchip Farm.

It was easy going but so hot and humid :shock: There was a wee bit of hopping through fields but we were soon on the path up Glen Kendrum
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We soon gained enough height to see Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin
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The track went all the way up the glen – Creag Mac Ranaich poking out the top
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It was a steeper climb up to the bealach where we could see all the way back down Glen Kendrum
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From the bealach we could see the route up Creag Mac Ranaich – it looked super steep :shock:
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From part way up we could see a huge group of walkers below, but they didn’t seem to be coming up the tops
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Looking across to Meall an t-Seallaidh
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It was tough going in the heat so it was a welcome break for photos
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Colin and Jura coming out the top of the steep section with Meall an t-Seallaidh behind
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It was a short distance to the summit – up here it was pretty windy
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Looking down Glen Kendrum to the Loch Earn hills
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Ben More and Stob Binnein
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Summit of Creag Mac Ranaich
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Killin and Loch Tay with the Lawers hills behind
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We had a quick bite before heading back down the way we had come to the bealach – Colin went for a lie down :lol:
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Back at the bealach we crossed the track and headed up the other side towards Meall an t-Seallaidh. It was an easier gradient this side and there were even bits of path here and there.

Looking back to Creag Mac Ranaich
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Down the glen
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Colin isn’t doing such a good job at hiding here :lol:
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It was an nice walk once we reached the ridge – easy under foot and the views were lovely
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Loch Earn
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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin
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Ben More and Stob Binnein
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Ben Lomond and Stob a’ Choin
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The views from the top towards Creag Mac Ranaich and the Lawers hills were awesome 8)
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Meall an t-Seallaidh summit
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Colin searching for meaning
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After deciding that it would be a good summit camp spot, we continued along the ridge – this gave us good views back to our two summits of the day
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Ben More and pal
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The views down Loch Earn from the ridge were brilliant
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Ben Ledi
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Loch Lubnaig
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Ben More again – so striking
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It was a really enjoyable ridge to walk along – the Loch Earn hills poking through
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Loch Lubnaig
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As the ridge started dropping down we headed down into Glen Keldrum, aiming for a track which would take us back up to our outward route. We could see out to the Lawers hills
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Loch Earn
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Loch Earn hills
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Colin enjoying the views 8)
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As we dropped diagonally towards the river we could see back around the Creag Mac Ranaich
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Looking back to the ridge we had just descended
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Creag Mac Ranaich
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As we bashed across here we were trying to hop across a few boggy sections but interestingly there was some weird foamy stuff on the long grass :shock: I discovered afterwards that it’s actually called cuckoo spit – a wee creature lives inside it 8)

Vorlich and the Stuc
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Fortunately we were able to hop easily across the burn as it was very low
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Then we were back on the track and heading back down to the car
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We were back to the car in plenty of time – nice wee leg stretcher and an enjoyable half day out 8)


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