The Sow of Atholl, from Dalnaspidal

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The Sow of Atholl - also known by its Gaelic name of Meall an Dobharchain - is a familiar sight to travellers through the Drumochter Pass, presenting steep slopes to the north and east. It is a rather rounded hill, and perhaps most often climbed as a finale to an outing over the West Drumochter Munros. The route given here is a short, pathless ascent from Dalnaspidal up heathery slopes.


Landrover track at start, then rough, pathless heathery hillside

Public Transport

None to start.


Parking area before level crossing, near Dalnaspidal Lodge. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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