Colin's Munros


Cruach Ardrain, Beinn Tulaichean, Beinn a'Chroin, etc; Maps 364N/365
19th June 2005 & 22nd August 2008

Route: 15½ miles; 2270m = 7440' ascent; 11–13 hrs.

Route This route over five Munros certainly makes a long day, but it can easily be broken at any point by a return NNW down the nearest valley. However, with fairly high passes between most of the mountains, it makes a great round. Conditions 19/6/05: Humid, cloud base 550m; warm, mostly dry, one or two light showers, no wind.
22/8/08: Dry, but cool with dampness in the air, cloud base 4000', overcast, tops clear.
Terrain: Paths on all ridges except Cruach Ardrain to Beinn a'Chroin.

19/6/0522/8/08 Description Ht.Asc.Dist.Grid Ref.Mobile
06300725 Park at P on A82, 1 mile S of Crianlarich
(in a section of the old road). At N end
of parking, take stile to bridge under railway.
180   00.0 milesNN36872385Orange
06350730 S to bridge over R. Falloch 175 0.3 milesNN36992379 
06500750 Track SE to footbridge at forest edge 245  851.15 milesNN37862287 
08000900 Follow E along deer fence under
Grey Height to Allt Coire Ardrain
5003902.66 milesNN40132270 
08300935 Ascend E to col S of Stob Coire Bhuidhe 8166903.15 milesNN40902261 
08500955 S to T Stob Garbh 9598353.5 milesNN41132216No Orange
   S to col 905 3.7 milesNN41272183 
 —1010 Stob Garbh SE Top (by-passed by path) 9258403.8 milesNN41292173 
09101015 SSW to col 850 3.95 milesNN41182151 
09301040 SW to M Cruach Ardrain – NE Top 104610454.2 milesNN40922123No Orange
   WSW for 100yds to col 1035 4.21 milesNN40872120 
09451045 SW 100yds to Cruach Ardrain, SW Top 104610604.25 milesNN40812116 
10051105 SW/S/SSE to bealach 825 4.9 milesNN41242031 
10201120 SSE to M Beinn Tulaichean (cairn) 94611805.45 milesNN41661958No Orange
11501210 Return NW, leave ridge after 400m and
head directly for Coire Earb. Descend Allt Earb,
then contour round to bealach.
(Wasted much time in clouds the first time.)
51511906.9 milesNN39761967 
1235 — Ascend stream just W of "The Convention", then Either
W onto N ridge of Beinn a'Chroin (onto path again).
64013057.25 milesNN39241957 
 —1245 Or (much less good) S to col with Garbh 73814057.7 milesNN39851852 
13051310 S (resp. W) to T? Beinn a'Chroin E top 94016107.9 milesNN39391859Orange
   W to col 877 8.05 milesNN39131866 
 1330 W to M Beinn a'Chroin (top by lochan) 94216758.3 milesNN38761859No Orange
   W to col 918 8.35 milesNN38691858 
13301340 W to T? Beinn a'Chroin, W Top 93816958.4 milesNN38581856 
13551400 Circuitous path SW then W then NW to Bealach Buidhe 805 8.8 milesNN38131857 
NNW to M An Caisteal 99518959.33 milesNN37851934Orange
1455 — Either (if cloudy): Return SSE to Bealach Buidhe 805   NN38131857 
1515 — Descend stream SW then easy diagonal descent to
619   NN37301835 
 —1440 Or (if clear): Return SSE down ridge to
highest level section on ridge at 915m.
915 9.5 milesNN37871908 
 —1505 Descend easy grassy slopes SW to bealach 619 10.1 milesNN37301835 
Then straightforward ascent SW to S ridge of Beinn
Chabhair then N to M Beinn Chabhair
933220510.7 milesNN36741794Orange
   NW to col with Meall nan Tarmachan 719 11.3 milesNN35961840 
   Either Horizontal path W for 1km to Garbh Bealach
Or Descend directly N off ridge.
Easy descent N to Allt a' Chuilinn
or (resp.) its confluence with its main tributary.
 12.1 milesNN35651962 
18451755 N to West Highland Way at R. Falloch crossing. 120220513.75 milesNN35172188 
19051815 West Highland Way to tunnel under road. 150223514.66 milesNN36012298 
19301830 A82 NE back to layby car parking. 180226715.45 milesNN36872385Orange

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