Meall na Leitreach - small hill, big view

Corbetts: Meall na Leitreach

Date walked: 19/03/2022

This was a very pleasant walk, with some stunning views, on a perfect spring day.

I missed the WH parking spot - didn't turn left immediately after leaving the A9. But there was a large parking area beyond some cottages, with a fine view of A'Mharconaich.

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Railway bridge over the Allt Coire Mhic-sith. The recommended parking area is just to the left-hand side of this view, next to the level crossing.

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Sgàirneach Mhòr above pools on the Allt Dubhaig, which flows from from the Drumochter summit. There are some geese on the water, Greylags maybe.

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Sow of Atholl from the sluice dam

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The outflow of Loch Garry, from the next dam

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Looking back to Dalnaspidal. The prominent hill just right of centre is the southern 900m summit of A'Bhuidheanach Bheag.

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The ascent is quick and easy. About half-way up the slope, this pool of melted snow caught my eye.

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At the top of the slope, a track branches off to the right to the 748m summit, which gave me views of the Drumochter hills - this is Sgàirneach Mhòr and A'Mharconaich.

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The Cairngorms from the same spot. From left to right I think the main summits are Braeriach, the Angel's Peak, Cairn Toul, Ben Macdui just to its right with Monadh Mòr below it, the sharp scarp of Stob Coire Sputan Dearg, and Beinn Bhrotain.

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Just beyond the 748m cairn, there was a fantastic full-length view of Loch Garry in its deep glacial trench. I think the very distant peak on the left of the first photo is Stob Ghabhar (above the building on the shore of the loch).

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Drumochter. The geese are now on the loch, directly below the Sow.

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From there, it was a relaxed stroll, with wonderful views in every direction, to the main summit of Meall na Leitreach. This is the cairn from the point at which a small path leaves the track, with Ben Vrackie behind.

ImageIMG_9368 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The eastern Drumochter hills.

ImageIMG_9387 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Apart from the cairn, the only landmark on the flat summit is a pond which probably looks like a dull puddle most days, but today was rather attractive, with Schiehallion in the distance.

ImageIMG_9369 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Hazy view of Ben Lawers above Càrn Gorm, and the Tarmachan ridge on the right, with a glimpse of Loch Rannoch below it.

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Looking south-west - I think the distant skyline is Beinn a'Chreachain on the left, Beinn Mholach in the middle distance, then Stob Ghabhar just right of centre, and Creise catching the light to its right.

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The view to the west - I think the pointed peak is Sgòr Gaibhre, and Ben Alder dominates the view.

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Descending to Drumochter

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Back at Dalnaspidal, a last glimpse of Loch Garry.

ImageIMG_9470 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

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Ideal day out: A autumn or spring walk starting in woodland, going into the hills to find unexpected places, hidden corries and lochans, maybe a spot of scrambling, a sighting of some wildlife, some snow on the tops and a view over the Hebrides, and finishing with pint or more...
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