Meall Chuaich

Drumochter Hills

Start Point: Park in the one of the laybys (no. 94) just off the A9
Grid Reference: OS sheet 42, grid ref - 655867
Time: allow 3 to 5 hours to complete the walk.
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This was my toughest Munro to date, not because it was physically demanding but rather the horizontal rain that pounded on top of the car as I sat in the layby made me think "Why?"

I had taken the day off work and had told my wife and friends that I was going hillwalking..... and no one volunteered to join me. I convinced myself it would be a good opportunity to test the worth of my waterproofs and set off into the damp - it was a struggle.

The walk itself is straight forward with a good path all the way to the top where I believe there are superb views of Badendoch..... I'll return in the summer months, when no doubt the mountain will throw in some snow for my comments of it being an easy hillwalk..... that will teach me.

Trish and Alan after Braving the elements, the top is back there somewhere.


  • Park in the one of the laybys (number 94) just off the A9, the gate leading up to the path has a map mounted to show the route to the summit.
  • Follow the path which runs alongside the aqueduct, you will pass the dam after about half an hour and soon after you will catch sight of Loch Chuaich and a private bothy at grid ref 690870.

  • From the bothy the path running NW up the hill to the summit (gr 717879, 951m) is clearly visible and well worn.

  • For the route back down the hill, either retrace the path you came up or head south from the summit and should you choose the path back is good for allowing a steady jog back to the car.

With only 600m of ascent this is a relatively easy munro, that can be used to squeeze in a quick morning or afternoon on the hill when the whole day is not available. I will definitely be back in the summer to hopefully see more than 20 metres in any given direction.

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