Beinn Heasgarnich and Creag Mhor
The Mamlorn Hills
resident cyclist, Big Vern, recently introduced me to the joys
of mountain biking. In his wisdom he took me on a near impossible
"off road" journey across Scotland that has left me swearing
I'd never get back in the saddle..... My pain was such that
I was keen to get my own back by taking him for a serious day
On top of Beinn Heasgarnich
hills, Beinn Heasgarnich, Creag Mhor and Ben Challum were deemed
robust enough to restore some of my battered pride. Unfortunately
he managed adequately ..........
are big hills, and present a challenging days walking.... the
tour of the 3 munros now verges on unattainable, as the road
to the original starting point (Badour) has been blocked to
vehicles. Unfortunately this adds an extra 9 miles of road to
the hillwalk..... so, ironically, I really recommend the use
of a mountain bike to get to Badour.
you are walking in then to take on Ben Challum with the other
2 hills is a mammoth task that really is too much for a single
expedition...... even with the use of a mountain bike it will
be a big achievement to complete the 3 hills.
nearest available parking can be found at Kenknock (Click
for scalable map). From this point use a mountain bike
or walk along the road to get to the original starting point
hills are huge grassy expanses and as such there is no distinct
path leading all the way to the summits. So from Badour
head NW to get to the plateau Eag Uillt.
this first plateau it is a bit of a slog 2 km north up steep
grassy slopes over numerous false summits before eventually
reaching Beinn Heasgarnich, 1076m, GR 414383 (Sheet 50).
the summit follow the ridge south for approximately 1 km,
then head west and drop down to the highest point in the
boggy dip between the 2 hills, GR 398367 (Sheet 51). There
is a wee path that appears for a while for this section.....
or maybe it's just that we kept on losing it.
west to the ridge between Meall Tionail and Creag Mhor and
it's well worth taking a few looks back at the descent that
you have just made and you'll truly appreciate the bulk
of these hills.
enjoying a spot of June snow surfing enroute, we followed
the crest of the ridge south to the summit of Creag Mhor,
1047m, GR 392362 (Sheet 51).
is a clear track leading along the ridge SE for the descent
from Creag Mhor.... this however disappears abruptly towards
the end and great care should be taken as there are severe
cliffs at the end of the ridge Sron nan Eun. At this point
you need to head north to allow a safe descent.
safely on to the gentle grassy slopes it's a straight forward
wander along the road back to the car.
These are 2 big hills which being a wee bit
out of the way offer a good days walking away from the hordes
on the Lawers hills. As I've mentioned a mountain bike will
be a bit of a bonus..... I'll be using one on my return attempt
of Ben Challum.
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