With so much driving to reach them, Stuchd an Lochain and Meall Buidhe
are best done together with a light rucksack and lunch at the car/dam inbetween.
The total for both walks is then 10.4 miles; 4200' ascent; 5 hrs.
However, (for those knocking off Corbetts) both can be done on separate days, including the neighbouring Corbetts Meall Buidhe and Sron a'Choire Chnapanich with Stuchd an Lochain, as in Route 2 below, and the Corbett Cam Chreag with Meall Buidhe, perhaps camping overnight between these days to avoid unnecessary driving. In this case, Stuchd an Lochain would be tackled from Pubil, parking at NN45934187.
Access: The start is about 25 miles from Aberfeldy & 12 miles from the former Lawers Nature Centre. From Bridge of Balgie take the road west for 2.5 miles, then fork right (marked "Lochs Estate") to Giorra Dam (a further 1.5 miles) at Loch an Daimh. Do not drive across the bridge at the dam. There is an unobtrusive gate which may be open if workmen are at the dam, but will be locked when they leave. There were no obvious notices warning that it is private, nor any "no parking" notices.
Weather 15/05/06: 8°C at car; thick, low cloud down to 500m; occasional light rain; light wind.
21/08/09: Warm, but overcast. Cloud base variable around 3000'.
Terrain: Wet peaty paths when off ridges.
|0935||1030||Park at Giorra Dam off Glen Lyon||410||0||0.0 miles||NN51184637||No Orange|
|W/S/SW/W on track to 150yds past dam||430||50||0.55 miles||NN50654605|
|1020||1115||SSW up path to line fence posts at cairn on ridge||800?||400||0.95 miles||NN50454542?|
|1030||WSW up ridge to Cairn near top||870||470|
|1035||1125||W to top Creag an Fheadain||888||490||1.4 miles||NN49784528|
|1040||SW to col||845||1.6 miles||NN49594495|
|1050||1135||SW to T Sron Chona Chorein (cairns)
(The path leaves the fence & bypasses the top.)
|1055||W to col||910||2.0 miles||NN49184460|
|1100||W to col||890||570||2.4 miles||NN48534459|
Flat summit ridge until final 60m pull up to
M Stuchd an Lochain
|Return same way: SE to col||890||2.87 miles||NN48534459|
|1120||E to cairn||910||670|
|Bypass Sron Chona Chorein||927||680||3.4 miles||NN49334457||Orange|
|1135||1215||NE to col||845||3.7 miles||NN49594495|
|1140||1220||NNE to top Creag an Fheadain||888||720||3.9 miles||NN49784528|
|1140||E to cairn just down from top.||870|
|1145||1225||Path by fence posts to cairn on ridge.||800?||4.33 miles||NN50454542?|
|1210||1255||Descend path N to Giorra Dam, S end.||430||4.95 miles||NN50924613|
|1215||1300||Road N to car below Giorra Dam.||410||730||5.3 miles||NN51184637||No Orange|
Route 2: This route combines Stuchd an Lochain with its neighbouring
two Corbetts Meall Buidhe and Sron a'Choire Chnapanich.
The terrain is mostly excellent. Follow fence posts where there are any.
Access: From Bridge of Balgie, drive W in Glen Lyon to the dam at Pubil.
Weather 8/10/14: Sun am; clouded over pm.
Connectivity: Both Corbetts and the Munro have a TalkMobile signal.
|0830||Park below dam at lower bridge||310||0||0.0 miles||NN45994193|
|0925||Track W to Bridge at Eas Eoghannan.
(The track is high above loch.
Ensure to start along correct track.)
|1035||NW up ridge to Meall Daill||869||617||3.34 miles||NN41194350|
|1100||Ridge N to bealach||760||4.2 miles||NN41204473|
|1115||N to Meall na Feithe Faide||826||693||4.6 miles||NN41344537|
|1125||ESE to bealach||745||4.95 miles||NN41864512|
|1150||E/SE to C Meall Buidhe||907||855||5.55 miles||NN42714500|
|1225||SE by stream to bealach||705||6.33 miles||NN43514403|
|1235||ESE to Lochan||785||935||6.65 miles||NN43984387|
|1240||ESE to Creag a'Chaorainn||796||946||6.8 miles||NN44274384|
|1305||N/NE to N end of peat hags at bealach||610||7.5 miles||NN44714470|
|1335||Ridge NE to C Sron a'Choire Chnapanich||837||1175||8.15 miles||NN45604531|
|1400||S/SE to more peat hags at bealach||635||9.0 miles||NN45954409|
|1435||Ridge E/NE to Meallan Odhar||815||1353||10.0 miles||NN47184485|
|1510-20||E to col (770) & M Stuc an Lochain||960||1543||10.7 miles||NN48284486|
|1540||SE/ESS/E over bump to Munro top||927||1580||11.45 miles||NN49344457|
|Return W to previous bump||915||1580||11.7 miles||NN48954450|
|1600||SW to bealach||765||12.3 miles||NN48354370|
|1620-25||SSW to An Grianan to avoid boggy corrie||864||1700||12.8 miles||NN48084297|
|W down ridge to track end||500||13.88 miles||NN46384284|
|1720||Track SSE to gate into village||325||14.65 miles||NN46454218|
|Track S to road||305||14.85 miles||NN46344194|
|1730||Road W back to parking||310||1705||15.1 miles||NN45994193|