A' Chralaig & Mullach Fraoch-choire (Glen Shiel)
by Andy Speight and Robert Bell
below a plantation on the A87, 1 km East of the Cluanie
Sheet 33, GR088121
- 10 hours
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This walk was day one of a long weekend away and involved a
very early start, meeting in Crianlarich at 6:30 am then heading
up to Glen Shiel in convoy because we decided that we couldn't
fit 3 people and all their kit in the one car. We were going
to climb A' Chralaig and Mullach Fraoch-choire on the Saturday
and Ben Alligin in Torridon on the Sunday with a couple of nights
under canvas in Shiel Bridge.
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There were several firsts for me
the first time I'd climbed Munros
two days running, the first time I'd used my new tent and the
first Munro in my new boots. Today I was in my old boots because
I didn't want to tempt fate.
There was full cloud cover above us but there were occasional
patches of low cloud blowing through leaving us without a view
from the summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire. However out of the
cloud you could see for miles around, with Ben Nevis standing
out to the SE. The weather was even better the following day
as can be seen from my photos that accompany the description
of Ben Alligin.
This was stalking season so we made sure that we stuck to the
known routes. We met a gamekeeper at the second summit who approved
of our proposed descent.
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at the lay-by on the A87, there is off road parking for several
- Walk E along the A87 to the gate for the track up the glen
'An Coarann Mor' (GR092121).
- Follow the track for 200m and then there's nothing for it
but to start the steep ascent NNE up the grassy sloped of
Fuaran Mor Chluainidh, aiming for the start of the ridge at
- Follow the gently rising ridge initially N then swinging
NW to the summit of A' Chralaig, 1120m (GR094148) with its
large round topped cairn.
- Descend N from the summit, following the ridge down 150m
before a short pull up to the top, Stob Coire na Cralaig,
- The path then descends 50m ENE to the col before swinging
NNW to follow the steep pinnacled ascent to the Summit of
Mullach Fraoch-coire, 1102m (GR095172).
- To descend retrace your steps to the col ¼ km NE
of Stob Coire na Cralaig. It is marked by a very small cairn
- Descend W down the grassy slopes of Coire Odhar to the path
down the Glen. Swing SW on the lower slopes aiming S of the
Lochan (GR076162) to avoid having to reascend.
- Down in the glen follow the path S then SSE following Allt
a Chaorainn Mhoir. The path eventually becomes a landrover
track in 'An Coarran Mor' and makes it way SSE to the A87.
- From the gate there's only the walk W along the A87 back
to the car. You might consider sending the fittest person
ahead with the car keys and wait for them to pick you up.
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