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Sron a'Choire Ghairbh & Meall na Teanga (& Ben Tee), Map 34
17th Nov 2005 & 25th May 2010

Route: Ascent 1650m = 5400' (or less); 12.3 miles (or less): 3.2 track miles + 2.7 path miles + 5.5 hill miles; 6hrs 25mins


Meall na Teanga from Sron a'Choire Ghairbh. Sron a'Choire Ghairbh and its SE top. The summit of Sron a'Choire Ghairbh from its E ridge. The summit and SE top of Sron a'Choire Ghairbh from its E ridge. Temperature Inversion over the Great Glen. The summit ridge of Sron a'Choire Ghairbh from its SE top. The SE top of Sron a'Choire Ghairbh from its summit. Ben Nevis behind Meall na Teanga. The summit cairn of Sron a'Choire Ghairbh. Ben Nevis behind Meall na Teanga. Meall Coire Lochain from Meall na Teanga. Meall Coire Lochain from Meall na Teanga. Looking NE from Meall Coire Lochain to Meall na Teanga. The path up Sron a'Choire Ghairbh. Looking NE from Meall Coire Lochain to Meall na Teanga. Looking west from Meall Coire Lochain. The Great Glen and Loch Lochy from Meall Coire Lochain. The path up Cam Bhealach. SE across the Great Glen at the South Laggan Forest above Loch Lochy.

Access: From Spean Bridge, follow A82 north as far as Laggan. Immediately after the swing bridge, turn left and park after 2 miles at Kilfinnan. Either park at end of tarmacked road just before bridge or continue up hill for ½ mile to forestry gate and park there (extremely limited space).
Route: Excellent tracks and mostly good paths. The east ridge of Sron a' Choire Ghairbh has excellent views and well worth the variation of a steep ascent to reach it. Similarly, Meall Coire Lochain to the SW of Meall na Teanga is an easy and worthwhile addition.
N.B. The NE face of Meall na Teanga has a cornice in winter, and this can give rise to avalanches across the path up its north ridge.
The Corbett Ben Tee (901m) NN24099718 is easily added to the walk if Sron a' Choire Ghairbh is done after Meall na Teanga, as below.
Weather 17/11/05: Cloudless cold dry day, very light NE wind, –2°C.

0915 Park at Kilfinnan just before forestry gate
(or at parking by bridge)
  55   00.0 milesNN27749581Orange
0940 Head SW on higher track
(right at fork; not Great Glen Way)
to Junction with path (at marked post)
1101102.15 milesNN25119361 
0955 Ascend NW on path through forest to forestry gate 2302102.4 milesNN24779380 
1010 Continue Cam Bhealach path for ½ mile/1km 3603603.0 milesNN23789387 
1105 Direct ascent N to col in ridge. (The normal but less
scenic choice is to continue W to bealach NN223937)
8208003.5 milesNN23459456 
1130 W along ridge to cairn 8959054.1 milesNN22569417 
  NW to col 875 4.2 milesNN22439425 
1145 NW to M Sron a' Choire Ghairbh 9379554.45 milesNN22259455Orange
1220 Return S to bealach. (Excellent path
but too well-graded for efficient descent.)
615 5.1 milesNN22309369 
1300
-1305
Sometimes boggy path S skirting to W of
Meall Dubh to M Meall na Teanga
91812605.95 milesNN22049245Weak Orange
1320
-1325
Optional detour: SW to Meall Coire Lochain 90613606.4 milesNN21549197No Orange
1345
-1350
Return NE to M Meall na Teanga 91814656.85 milesNN22049245 
 — Optional detour: N/NE/E to Meall Dubh 83716007.8 milesNN22949317 
1415 Return N to bealach 615 8.35 milesNN22309369 
1500 Descend E to forestry gate 230 9.9 milesNN24779380 
1510 Descend path E to forestry track 110 10.15 milesNN25119361 
1540 NE along forest track to car at Kilfinnan   55165012.3 milesNN27749581Orange


Route: This version includes Ben Tee, 901m, NN24099718, a very shapely Corbett when viewed from the south as in this walk where it is left until the end in case there is not enough time. Ben Tee adds 370m (1200') to ascent. The ridge over to Ben Tee gives the very best view of this magnificent mountain, but its fragile mosses have been trampled and loosened by deer and are consequently being blown away. (The deer hoof prints are clearly visible.)
Weather 25/05/10: 4°C, occasional light showers, spot of snow on Ben Tee, mostly dry but cloudy. Short sunny spells. Tops free of cloud. Light cool breeze.

0700 Park at Kilfinnan at notice after bridge
(or at parking by bridge)
  55   00.0 milesNN27659573Orange
0705 Track SW to forest gate and fork in track      
0735 Head SW on higher track
(right at fork; not Great Glen Way)
to Junction with path (at marked post)
110  502.15 milesNN25109361 
0750 Ascend path NW through forest to forestry gate 2301802.4 milesNN24709378 
0845 Continue path to Cam Bhealach 6156074.0 milesNN22269367 
0930 Sometimes boggy path S skirting to W of
Meall Dubh to M Meall na Teanga
(Possible detour SW to Meall Coire Lochain)
9189154.8 milesNN22049247Orange
0955 Return N/NE to col 705 5.3 milesNN22279316 
1015 Optional detour: ENE/ESE to Meall Dubh 83710455.75 milesNN22949317 
1040 Descend NW directly back to bealach 61510456.3 milesNN22269367 
1120
-1125
Path N to M Sron a' Choire Ghairbh. (Excellent
for ascent but too well-graded for efficient descent)
93713706.95 milesNN22259455Orange
  NNW to bump at col 88013907.6 milesNN21719532 
  NNE skirting Meall a'Choire Ghlais 90114257.85 milesNN21939571 
  ENE to col 875 8.1 milesNN22309582 
1200
-1220
Ridge ENE to cairn at E end of ridge 90014558.5 milesNN22909608 
1250
-1255
Ridge N to bump, then descend E to bealach 540 9.5 milesNN23159680 
1350
-1400
ENE up ridge to C Ben Tee 901181810.15 milesNN24079720Orange
  Down E ridge of Ben Tee to about 650m 650 10.85 milesNN251974 
  SE over moor to FC gate on path above gorge 300 12.4 milesNN274966 
1555 Path SE above gorge to road at Kilfinnan 55181812.9 milesNN27749581 
1600 SW uphill to car (or at parking by bridge) 55   NN27659573Orange


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