Cruach Choiredail from the East

Grahams: Cruach Choireadail

Date walked: 17/10/2020

Parking is very limited in Glen More, especially since there was mast building going on on parts of the old road. We decided to use the car park which is almost at the head of the glen. We had intended to go up Ben Buie, but the clouds were sitting at about 600m. They were probably going to clear later on, but we reckoned that would be too late for us. So we chose Cruach Choiredail instead, which we could see was clear.
We walked along to where the old road crosses the A road, then headed uphill. Initially it was a bit steep with some tussocks, then the ground eased off a bit. We found a clear but somewhat muddy atv track heading in our direction, so followed it and then branched off on a nicer grassier one heading for Mam nan Tiompain. The track took us through the rougher grass, and it was pleasant to be walking towards the hill rather than going more steeply and directly uphill.
Walking towards the hill
Then it was a straightforward walk over grassy and occasionally stony slopes over Cruachan Beag to the summit. Possibly the cairn was the highest point, but we wandered over a few other nearby rocks which all looked about the same height.The best view was looking down Loch Scriodain - the other hills were still in the cloud.
Looking down Loch Scriodain
There was a cold wind for mid October, and we dropped down a bit for lunch. Then we set off on our descent, much the same way. The hills were starting to clear.
Heading down, looking towards Beinn Talaidh
Zoomed view across Firth of Lorn
On the way down, we followed the ATV track all the way down near the side of the Allt a Choire Clachaich, it joins the old road just before the sharp bend. I'm not sure I recommend it, it was a muddy eyesore. It provided a smoother but sometimes slippy alternative to long grass with tussocks. From the end of the track, we could see that it would also be straightforward to head uphill more directly from Arichloive, but our route was easy angled and enjoyable, just right for someone wanting a shortish easy day.

Here is our approximate route

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