Monadh Liath - by Robert Bell
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This Munro stands alone as the most westerly within
the wild expanse of the Monadh Mountain range.
An interesting drive from Laggan (via a minor
single track road) takes you up by the roots of the River Spey
to the starting point at Garva Bridge. This offers stunning
views as you drive by the Spey Dam.
All in all this mountain may not be the most shapely
or challenging but the immense scenery in the surrounding area
more than makes up for this. I'll certainly consider it a place
worthy of a return visit for low-level walks or mountain biking.
at the car in the spacious car park that sits on the south
side of Garva bridge.
- Cross the bridge and follow a good path for 3/4km till you
reach a footbridge that crosses the Fieth Talagain (OS523952).
- From this point head directly towards the rising shoulder
of Geal Charn to North -East.
- Cross some boggy ground for 1.5km till you reach the junction
of the Fieth Talagain and Allt Coire nan Dearcag(OS540968).
- The accent becomes steeper at this point as you rise from
460m till arriving on the summit plateau at 890m.
- Once arriving on the plateau a easy walk of 1/2km takes
you to a fine 2 m high cairn.(71/2km, 2hr20min & 630m
- This was done in a quick time but in favourable dry and
- The views Northwards are impressive and provide an unspoilt
landscape in to the distance.
- The route of decent can by done quickly by retracing your
steps or if you have time go south easterly for 1 km and take
in Beinn Sgiath (887m).This offers views down Glen Markie
and Lochan a` Coire.
- Descend due south for 1/2km before swinging down south west
along the broad ridge till reaching the junction of the Fieth
Talagain and Allt Coire nan Dearcag (OS540968).
- Follow the inward route from here back to the car park at
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