Evaluation: 4* circuit, and suitable for winter walking.
Access: Park at Loch Laggan/Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve Car Park.
Route: This route includes all the Munro tops and has an optional detour to the three tops of Beinn a'Chorainn, which is more naturally climbed with Beinn Teallach as here. This detour takes about 2¾ hrs and involves 6.85 miles extra walking and 670m extra ascent.
To start, walk up to the buildings and cross in front of Aberarder farm. Then walk 50m through the woods on the left (no clear path) and take the vehicle track on the far side which leads to a bridge over the river. Fork right where the track splits, and continue until a path leaves on left. This path takes a direct line up at least most of Sron a' Ghoire.
There are little used narrow paths out to the minor tops, but clear easy going fast paths round main ridge, although not heavily used. At the end, the path down from Carn Liath is variable in quality and not always easy to follow – it eventually joins the main valley path at a cairn. There is delicate moss over much of the terrain, so please stick to these paths.
The excursion E out to Coire Dubh is optional and is just there to collect the Munro top. Its deletion would save 4 miles walking and 175m of ascent. There are also two other out-lying tops which can be omitted to leave a superb, not too taxing round.
|0805||0840||Creag Meagaidh Nature Reserve Car Park||260||0||0.0 miles||NN48328726|
|0815||0850||Track NW/W to Footbridge (directions above)||295||35||0.55 miles||NN47558747|
|WNW to T Sron a' Ghoire||1001||750||2.25 miles||NN44848779|
|1000||1100||SW/W to T Puist Coire Ardair (3rd cairn)||1070||855||3.15 miles||NN43648732|
|SW/S/SE to T Meall Coire Choille-rais (5* view)||1027||900||4.2 miles||NN43298624|
|W/SW/S to T An Cearcallach||993||960||5.15 miles||NN42248540|
|Return N/NE/N to col
then N/NW/W to M Creag Meagaidh
|1200||–||Optional detour WSW to Bealach a'Bharnish||822||8.7 miles||NN39638671|
|1230||–||WSW/W/S to T Beinn a'Chorainn N top||1044||1395||9.8 miles||NN38408573|
|1245||–||S/SSE to M Beinn a'Chorainn summit||1052||1440||10.3 miles||NN38598508|
|1255||–||S to T Beinn a'Chorainn S top||1049||1465||10.65 miles||NN38628450|
|1300||–||Return N to M Beinn a'Chorainn summit||1052||1495||11.0 miles||NN38598508|
|1310||–||NW/N/NNE back to T Beinn a'Chorainn N top||1044||1530||11.5 miles||NN38408573|
|1330||–||N/E/ENE back to Bealach a'Bharnish||822||12.55 miles||NN39638671|
|1410||–||E/ENE back to M Creag Meagaidh||1130||1840||14.05 miles||NN41868753|
|1435||1340||Then ENE/N/NNW to col Uinneag Coire Ardair
(Path goes to W end of pass)
|1350||NE/ENE to M Poite Coire Ardair, SW end||1053||1285||8.65 miles||NN42928886|
|1515||1425||ENE to T Coire a Chriochairein||991||1330||10.05 miles||NN44808993|
|1530||1445||NE/ENE to T Meall an t-Snaim||969||1390||10.85 miles||NN45909049|
|SE/E/ENE to M Carn Liath||1006||1475||11.7 miles||NN47239036|
|1530||ENE to A' Bhuidheanach||967||1485||12.4 miles||NN48199085|
|ENE to T Coire Dubh||916||1520||13.4 miles||NN49599168|
|Return WSW to M Carn Liath||1006||1650||15.1 miles||NN47239036|
|1810||1755||Descend ridge S to valley path,
then path/track SE to car park