Creise & Meall a' Bhuiridh

Glen Etive

Start Point: Blackrock Cottage
Grid Reference: OS Sheet 41 GR268531
Time: 4-6 hours
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Introduction

The Glencoe hills are famous for their brutish, rocky demeanour, and Creise and Meall a' Bhuiridh stand up admirably to neighbouring Buachaille Etive Mor. There is plenty of scrambling available on the way up through the imposing slabs of Creise and views are astounding. In particular the full ridge and mammoth bulk of Buachaille Etive Mor is shown in its full glory.

Although the walk should take less than 6 hours, the initial climb up Sron na Creise is a bit of a slog and should provide a formidable work out. Once this climb is past the going for the remainder of the hillwalk is relatively easy.

On the crest of the hill at Creise
   
The route down from Meall a' Buiridh takes in the Glencoe ski area. The ski area looks a bit ramshackle and forlorn but as an avid snowboarder I can't complain and I firmly believe that Scotland has a fantastic resource in being able to offer "real snow" skiing. The numerous waterfalls running in the shadow of the bottom chairlift provide ample distraction from the pylons and cables.
Buachaille Etive Mor, from Blackrock Cottage

Route

  • From Blackrock Cottage head west through the boggy lowlands skirting around the foot of Creag Dhubh to the opening of Cam Ghleann.
  • From GR247530 it's a steady climb SSW through the slabs direct to the summit of Stob a' Ghlais Choire (GR240516).
  • Follow the distinct ridge south (there is a clear path) to the summit of the first munro, Creise (1100m, GR238507).
  • From the summit continue south for approx. 800m before picking your way eastwards down to the bealach at GR243502.
  • From the bealach it's an easy walk WNW through the boulder strewn slopes to the second munro Meall a'Bhuiridh (1108m, GR251503)
  • Head NNE from the summit through the ski lifts to get back to Blackrock Cottage. (It's worth occasional detours to the edge of the gorge to check out the waterfalls.)
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Click to see full size view to the summit approach of Meall a' Bhuiridh
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