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Mullach Clach a'Bhlair Variant

PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:08 pm
by johnstuartross
Mullach Clach a'Bhlair via Coire Garbhlach

My favourite, more challenging, way of climbing Mullach Clach a'Bhlair is to walk from Achlean to Allt Garbhlach (NN 851954) and follow the burn into Coire Garbhlach ('Garbhlach' means 'rough' and it is). There is no footpath marked on OS map, but there is a track which leads past a waterfall into the upper corrie.

The easiest exit from the upper corrie is via a short scramble up the left-hand gully at NN 886944. Walk around the lip of the corrie to pick up the Landrover track, following it west to a junction at NN 882936 - the summit of Mullach Clach a'Bhlair is 950m due south.

From the top of Mullach Clach a'Bhlair descend westward down the Druim nam Bo (Ridge of the Cattle) to Lochan nam Bo. Pick-up the the old stalkers' path that leads down north-west to the bothy at Ruigh Aitieachan. An easy, but quite beautiful path leads along the east side of the Feshie to Achlean. There used to be a trestle bridge at Carnachuin, but sadly this wonderful Victorian monument was swept away in floods in 2009.

Total distance : 22.5 km

Re: Mullach Clach a'Bhlair Variant

PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:18 pm
by LeithySuburbs
Always fancied this route - Coire Garbhlach is such an obvious landmark from the A9. When I "bagged" MCaB, it was in combination with Sgor Gaoith and I remember looking down into the corrie with interest.

As Glen Feshie is one of my favourite places in the world, this route looks like a great excuse to return :D .

Re: Mullach Clach a'Bhlair Variant

PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:25 am
by gaffr
I didn't read this report from the past until now. :)
I would agree that this is a much more sporting way to reach the high ground of Mullach Clach a'Bhlair. As is the approach from the Sgorans as a combined trip. Many have said that the summit is perhaps not a great reward for trudging up the estate Land Rover type road to reach the top. I think that I would feel greatly underwhelmed by travelling by this route. ..... can't see myself, as long as the legs allow, ever going up or down by this way. However whatever the way up to it the rewards of looking across the great moss Eastwards are grand.
If folks use the bulldozed highway at least descend by the fine old stalkers track that takes you almost the door of of Ruigh Aiteachan Bothy. :D
In support of the old paths on the hills. :)

Re: Mullach Clach a'Bhlair Variant

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:45 am
by Sunset tripper
I've been up on Mullach Clach a'Bhlair with the bike. Only Munro I've taken the bike right to the cairn. A track goes from there into the plateau stopping at the burn near Tom Dubh. It's a great area. :D