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Cruachan - A long but pleasant day on the hill

posted 23 Jun 2014, 12:05 by Niall Wallace

Potentially six away but four in the end; Howard called by early and we picked up Jen in Carnoustie and Andrea at Tesco Kingsway. A gloomy start weather-wise with the promise of things improving in the West. 

This seemed to be the case when we stopped at the Green Welly and on we went to Cruachan Power Station to start. Finding this proved challenging but a retrace back up the road signposted a route and an alternative at the rail halt. 

The going was steep on what was an underused path but after a while we broke out into flatter open ground to find the dam shrouded in mist. We’d mused with doing the Corbett first and going westwards around the ridge but opted for the visible track and path into Coire Dearg whilst things cleared. 

This failed to emerge so after a lunch stop we bagged Meall Cuanail (Munro top) but nothing really changed. We decided to at least bag Ben Cruachan and were rewarded with clearing views from the summit around 15.30. We pressed on back eastwards reaching the second munro, Stob Diamh around 18.15 with improving vistas but getting chillier. 

The route down took in another top and a pleasant grassy descent in the main returning for 21.00 down the better path via the rail halt and direct to the car! Ten hours on the hill and six in transit made it a long but memorable day. 

The Corbett waits for another day…