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Meall na Leitreach and Meall Breac

Date walked: 15/04/2021

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 14.5km

Ascent: 565m


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Started off with the sky a clear blue and not a cloud in sight. There are loads of geese at the start of the walk at the moment - not certain if they are perhaps resident or if they’ll be gone in a few weeks. Basically ascended by the normal route from the railway crossing at Dalnaspidal. 99.0% of people doing this hill would go up it, come straight back down, and probably go on to do The Sow of Atholl. Noticed the mountain hares are still predominantly white but the blighters wouldn’t hang around to have their picture taken. However I wanted to do something different by making a circuit of it by doing Meall Breac which lies roughly 3.5 km East South East of the summit of Meall na Leitreach.
The descent South East from the summit of Meall na Leitreach down the Leachd nam Fuaran starts on quite good ground but soon deteriorates into boggy, tussocky, peat hag ridden ground.
As you approach the col which sits at 644m a track is encountered ascending from Coire Leathanaidh. On the 1:25,000 map this is shown as rising from 400m to a height of 510m at grid NN 665 710. In fact it carries on to just above the col at 650m where there is a large turning circle and then heads down the other side as if heading in the direction of Loch Meall na Leitreach.
Just yards away will be spotted the remains of an iron fence coming up from the South and then turning abruptly East NN 651 695 at which will be found a marker stone. This is the fourth and most Northerly of marker stones indicating the Errochty forest boundary. The stone is marked with A for Atholl on the West side and R for Robertson ( of Auchleeks ) on the East. The stone is very canted over now and it is only possible to clearly make out the A for Atholl.
From there it is approximately 2 km once again over peat hag ridden ground to the summit of Meall Breac at 685m. The last half kilometre after you pass the rusted gate to nowhere isn’t as bad as what has come before. From the summit of Meall Breac I descended directly North West and picked up the track on the opposite side of the Allt Choire Leathanaidh at NN 660 704. I descended down the track and at NN 672 715 spotted a rather posh looking bothy or more likely a shooting lodge for clients for the shooting season. From there it’s simply a case of following the track back to where you first crossed the Garry and then back to the car.
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Geese at start of the walk


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The Sow of Atholl


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Dalnaspidal Lodge


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Looking down on Dalnaspidal and Drumochter Pass


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Looking down on Dalnaspidal and Drumochter Pass 2


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Looking to A’ Bhuidheanach Bheag


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Naughty frogs 😀😀


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False summit at 740m, still, not far to go.


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Summit of Meall na Leitreach


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Loch Meall na Leitreach


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Muirburn on Gualann Sheileach


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Beinn Mholach


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Fourth March stone with “A” for Atholl


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March stone on right side of fence post with large turning circle at col seen in background.


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Looking down on Loch Con


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The gate to nowhere


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Meall Breac trigpoint


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Looking back to Meall na Leitreach


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Looking back to Meall na Leitreach from Meall Breac


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Looking to An Dun (L) and Creag an Loch (R)


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Looking to Schiehallion


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Loch Erochty with Farragon Hill (?) in background


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Posh hut rear


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Posh hut front


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Definitely going to reach Dalnaspidal before me.


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Dalnaspidal Lodge at last - Hooray

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Jim777


Location: Perth
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Going back to the gym when they eventually reopen, learning very slowly to play the piano, meeting up with old workmates. Avid reader of travel literature. literature.
Activity: Mountain Walker
Pub: Teetotal (Almost)
Mountain: Quinag
Place: Perth
Gear: Smocks
Member: Perth Hill Walking Club
Camera: Canon SX720 HS
Ideal day out: Early start ( I'm not the fastest ) not raining, don't mind if it starts raining once I've started. Don't mind scrambles like Curved Ridge etc. but just like to get out into the hills and get safely back. Struggling a bit with my breathing now.




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2021

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Distance: 70.5 km
Ascent: 2925m

2018

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Distance: 39.5 km
Ascent: 1841m

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Distance: 51 km
Ascent: 1825m

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Distance: 16 km
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