Comments: The 1:50000 map is a better choice than the two 1:25000 maps for covering this walk.
If the mountains are in mist and a wind blowing it may be difficult to manage the compass bearings
on the lower approaches from the larger scale maps as they are split between the two sheets.
The smaller scale map covers the whole walk much more conveniently on one sheet.
However, the different scaled maps are entirely inconsistent on the forestry between Allt Essan and Allt Riobhain,
with satellite images favouring the larger scale map for accuracy.
That forestry should be avoided because of its high fence – just don't cross into it
or you will have to cross the fence again to get out.
Route: The walk has no difficulties. However, crossing the moors is a bit tedious and it helps to have the visibility to locate the gap in the cliffs of Meall Glas where the Allt Coire nam Moine breaks through them.
The walk can be extended easily by adding the Corbett Beinn nan Imirean, 849m, NN41943098, as on the second route. The extra cost is ¾ mile walking and 200m of ascent.
Access: Note the loss of the bridge over the R. Lochay at NN453356, making an ascent from the north more difficult.
Weather 17/04/05: 2" of easy fresh snow above 2000'; cloud base 900m initially, rising to 950m at 10:30; 5°C at car. Very Strong SE wind on both summit ridges; dry till 13:30, then heavy rain. Only vaguest of paths after initial mile.
16/11/07: 4°C, full cloud cover down to about 500m, light rain most of day.
|17/04/05||16/11/07||Route Point||Ht.||Asc.||Distance||Grid Ref.|
|0830||0900||Park in Glen Dochart 5yds off the A85
at Auchessan road,
Go up to far side of large house, through side
gate on right of house, then left on track behind
house to Bridge by Sheep Folds.
Follow track up E bank of tributary of Allt Essan
to stile & gate at fence beside stream
N up W side of forestry to
level with end of trees.
NW to C Beinn nan Imirean (Orange)
|–||1140||NE to Bealach||660||3.7 miles||NN42673131|
|NE to M Meall Glas||959||1005||4.4 miles||NN43133222|
Continue NNE beside Allt Riobain
to bridge at river confluence
Head NW beside Allt Glas for ⅔ mile then
N over peat hacks to Allt Coire nam Moine
at start of steeper section.
|1040||–||Head NW beside Allt Coire nam Moine
between cliffs to M Meall Glas
|1300||THEN E to Col||855||NN43813235|
|Path E skirting top||908||850||NN44103234|
|Path NE to col||895||NN44253249|
|1105||1310||NE to T Beinn Cheathaich, trig pt
|1135||1340||N for 300m along summit ridge, then easy grassy
ridge curving down NE/E avoiding summit
crags. Then SE down to Lairig a'Churain.
|1410||NE to join ridge N of Meall a'Churain. (All
grassy, avoiding steep, slightly craggy slopes.)
|1215||1420||S to first top T Meall a'Churain||918||1200||6.1 miles||NN46263254|
|S to Col
to next col
|S to M Sgiath Chuil||921||1245||6.5 miles||NN46293186|
|S to col with Sgiath Chrom||830||NN46243158|
|SW off ridge & down to hydro track||480||7.6 miles||NN45263051|
|SW to bridge over Allt Riobain||460||7.75 miles||NN45043037|
|1545||Track S on W side of forestry to fence with
gate & stile by stream (rejoining way up)
|Path S on E bank of river towards Auchessan:
Sheep pens at bridge behind Auchessan
|1415||1615||Track S back to road end at A85.