Geal Charn, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor
the same way that Muriel Gray talks about the Bridge of Orchy
hills in her book "The
First Fifty", I have always driven past these Drumochter
hills with a real longing to tackle them. The huge humps and
hollows appear like massive natural moguls during the winter
- hopefully next year I'll hike up with a snowboard and take
on the Sow of Atholl and the Boar of Badenoch......
aside, the weather on our hill walk was interesting for early
June, varying between driven rain and snow. Fortunately, we
all had reasonable kit with us and so stayed reasonably warm.
Strangely, we only met one other group of walkers during the
whole day...... I guess that's one positive for walking in miserable
weather, at least you pretty much get the hills to yourself!
are good views along Loch Ericht, the end of which is just visible
from the A9. The group of four munros can easily be broken down
into 2 shorter expeditions.
starting point is at the car park at Balsporran Cottages
just off the A9, GR628792. Multimap.
From the car park follow the clearly worn path through the
heather that runs along the NE ridge of the first munro,
Geal charn. The cairn that can be clearly seen from the
road is a false summit with the actual summit (GR597783,
917m) located approximately 1 km to the west of this wee
From Geal charn head south to the bealach at GR593766, before
pushing up the grassy slopes in a SE direction to get to
the main ridge for the second munro. Once on the ridge head
NE for about 800m to get to the top of the second munro,
A' Mharconaich (GR605763, 975m) which is perched high above
a steep scree filled corrie
A' Mharconaich retrace your steps over the top Bruach
nan lomairean and from this point you can follow the
fence posts all the way to the top of the Beinn Udlamain
(GR579739, 1011m). This, as always, leads to the question
- who is the complete nutter who felt the need to put
a line of fence posts along the top of a hill? .....
could he not just have agreed with his neighbour that
they could go for a low level boundary thereby saving
a lot of serious humpfing?
Beinn Udlamain continue to follow the
fence posts for about 1 km before heading
east to the wide bealach at GR582730.
From this point continue east to the
summit of Sgairneach Mhor (GR598732,
991m) which is also marked with a trig
Sgairneach Mhor follow the ridge east along the top of the
steep corrie then the easiest way home is to head north
east until you reach the path that runs alongside Allt Coire
Dhomhain. This path will lead you right back to the beckoning
A9, where thankfully there is a new cycle path for the 4
km walk back to the car
time the weather was rotten, so I feel like I've got a great excuse
to experiment with Scottish back country boarding on these hills
next March. Hopefully then these mountains will smile on me with
fresh powder and blue sky...... it's not as if I'm asking for
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