Cruach Ardrain, a mist opportunity

Date walked: 13/07/2018

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 14km

Ascent: 1500m

Arrived at the large lay by on the A85 at 06.15 on a very hot, humid and cloudy morning. The forecast was for mist in the glens and a band of cloud between 700 and 900 meters, which would gradually clear as the day progressed.
Suited and booted for 06.30 and left over the stile in the fence.
Stile at lay by.jpg
Stile at lay by

Down the gravel path and under the railway.
Railway underpass.jpg
Railway underpass

Over the new bridge, watch out for construction traffic, something going on upriver, couldn't quite make out what.
Construction further up river.jpg

Then it was a walk up on the road for about a kilometer and a half, until you come to the end of the trees on your left hand side across the River Falloch. You will see a wooden footbridge down at the river, leave the road here and cross. The gate was securely tied shut and had to be climbed over, no problem.
Bridge over Falloch river.jpg
Bridge over River Falloch
Gate locked, up and over.jpg
Gate tied shut, up and over

Then it is a bit of a slog up through the long grass. Just follow the fence line and head up.
Bit misty up there.jpg
Bit misty uphill
This must be a boggy one if the weather is wet at all, not to bad today after a little rain through the night.
Upon reaching the ridge line you will see a large stile on the fence on your left,
Stile at top of tree line.jpg
turn right here and follow the path uphill.
From here there is a steeper section up to the top of Grey Height, a fine viewpoint on a clear day
Grey heights, well named today.jpg
Grey Height, well named today
Grey Heights, clear for a moment.jpg
Grey Height, clear for a moment
View from Grey Heights.jpg
View from Grey Height

From here, follow the path up the ridge, eventually coming upon Meall Dhamh, at 814 meters the high point on the ridge.
Ben More and Stob Binnein from Meall Dhamh, honest.jpg
Ben More from Meall Dhamh, honest
View down into Coire Ardrain.jpg
View int Coire Ardrain
Almost mist ewe, ha ha.jpg
Almost mist ewe, ha ha

From here, there is a sharp drop down, but nothing too scary
Drop from Meall Dhamh and following climb.jpg
Drop from Meall Dhamh

Up over the next rise and then another drop and then back up again.
One more drop down and climb back up.jpg
Down and back up again

Now, through a gap in the cloud, I got my first real look at Cruach Ardrain close up.
Shoulder of Cruach Ardrain.jpg
Shoulder of Cruach Ardrain
View back down ridge.jpg
View back down ridge

The path now heads uphill very steeply and after a bit of a climb you arrive at a small cairn, left for Cruach Ardrain and right for Beinn Tulaichean which I chose to visit first.
Cairn, left Cruach Ardrain, right Beinn Tulaichean.jpg

It was a pleasant walk down and then back up a broad grassy ridge to the summit, the views would probably be lovely on a clear day.
Summit of Beinn Tulaichean.jpg
Summit of Beinn Tulaichean
View from Beinn Tulaichean, cracking.jpg
View from summit, cracking

Sat for a while and had my lunch. Very quiet and peaceful. No wind and quite warm.
Walked back along the ridge, passed the cairn and up to the summit of Cruach Ardrain.
Same story up here, no views but nice and peaceful.
Sat for a while and tried to picture the views.
Ben More and Stob Binnein from Cruach Ardrain summit.jpg
Cruach Ardrain summit
Path to Stob Garbh from Cruach Ardrain sunnit.jpg
Path to Stob Garbh from Cruach Ardrain, not today thank you

Going back down is just a case of retracing your steps, bit easier going downhill.
A nice walk, shame about the views.
Better luck next time.

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