Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil
The Mamlorn Hills
Sheet 51 grid ref 447275
- 7 hours.
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took these peaks daytripping from our base in the central belt.
Having had a run of fantastic days walking in recent weeks we
weren't expecting a spectacular days hillwalking given that
Mr McNeish says "Both hills are unexceptional". However, the
late April weather was very kind and set the scene for a quality
day on the hill.
there's a vast boggy plain and the hills are rather grassy and
rounded, the waterfalls along side the path provided ample distraction.
We also encountered a lot of unexpected wildlife especially
towards the summits. In particular there were loads of lizards
about 3 inches long..... if anyone knows the real name I'll
be happy to inform the masses, until then they will simply remain,
poles come in handy on this walk as it's a bit of a slog up to
Sgiath Chull. It is quite possible that there is a less steep
way up to the ridge but it's not obvious from the contours.
approached these hills from the south, although they can
be tackled just as easily from Lubcurrin to the North. There
is no obvious place for parking, so you will see most cars
parked just off the A85. (Click
for scalable map).
here follow the road through the farm for about 400m until
you come to the burn, Allt Riobain.
the burn there is an obvious track running alongside the
water, and there are numerous waterfalls for most of the
way. Once we reached the path at GR 452306 we foolishly
took a beeline across the peat bog and then straight up
the steep grassy slope to the 908m top..... the SMC Munro
guide makes the easier suggestion of aiming for the col
east of Meall Glas (Next time I'll read the book first!).
the 908m top (gr 442323) it's a short walk to the summit
of the first munro Meall Glas, 957m, GR 432322.
the Meall Glas follow the ridge to the summit of Beinn Cheathaich
then head east down to the col GR 455324.
the col you are in for another 300m steep climb east up
to the ridge for the second munro. Once on the ridge follow
the tops south to get to the second munro Sgiath Chuil,
919m, GR 463318.
route home is straight forward, head SW down the slopes
to Allt Riobain then retrace your inward steps. You'll be
able to enjoy the waterfalls again...... classic.
might not be one of the classic hillwalks, but we had a good
day and in the same way that friends who go fishing tell me
it's not about catching fish, there is a lot more to a day on
the hill than just walking up it.
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