Route: This is a very standard round which includes four Munro tops as well as the Munro.
If the prevailing SW wind is blowing, the clockwise direction puts the wind behind you
on all of the ridge except the final descent.
NB Note the unusual topography of the path when leaving the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan. This makes it potentially difficult to find the way down in mist & snow.
Access: There is some space for parking at the end of the hydro road at NN60513833. However, the main parking is in a new car park, hidden from view, on the west side of the road, almost opposite the end of the path to Ben Lawers. When travelling up hill from Loch Tay, parking is on the left through the fence beside a well-camouflaged aquamarine notice for "Lawers National Nature Reserve" at NN60873778, about 10m before the path on the right for Ben Lawers, signed "Nature Reserve". The former Visitor Centre has been removed and its associated car park has been turfed over.
Weather 18/01/04: Deep snow down to low levels, low cloud, some rain, very strong winds. Had to circumnavigate summit rock of Meall Garbh to climb it from NE in very high wind.
17/11/07: 9°C at car; total cloud cover; cloud level at 750m; drizzle all day; strong S winds.
There are excellent paths all round with one minor bit of easy scrambling and some exposed steps. There are miniscule cairns on most tops.
Map: An unhelpful page turn may be required on the 1:25000 map in high winds; perhaps the 1:50000 would be a better choice.
|1010||0915||Parking near former Ben Lawers Visitor Centre||460||0||0.0 miles||NN60873778||Orange|
|0925||Head N for 600m along road then take track
left (west) for 300m to gate over hydro track
(Path up is 300m after this gate)
|0950||Follow track W along 550m contour,
taking right at first fork.
|0955||Take second left at a fork
(Ignore 1st left to a dam after 200m)
|1010||Continue the track W passed a small dam||555||160||3.1 miles||NN57583676|
|Track W to dam at track end||555||170||3.65 miles||NN56773677||Orange|
|1040||Path W to col||665||275||4.0 miles||NN56243676|
|1300||1120||Path continues W avoiding cliffs, then bends
back NE to ridge, then N along ridge to
T Creag na Caillich
|Path N/NE to col||845||5.05 miles||NN56553811|
|NE to T Beinn nan Eachan NN570383||1000||685||5.4 miles||NN57023841||Orange|
|1205||NE for 300yds, then SE for 125yds to col||935||685||5.65 miles||NN57343848|
|1410||SE to Beinn nan Eachan E top||950||700||5.75 miles||NN57413841|
|1415||1210||Continue E for 150yds to col||915||5.8 miles||NN57553844|
|1430||1225||SE/E up ridge to T Meall Garbh||1026||810||6.0 miles||NN57843838||No Orange|
|1450||1235||NE down to lochan on col||950||6.3 miles||NN58213867|
|NE/NNE to M Meall nan Tarmachan
|~1530||1305||Continue NE for 100m or so, then sharp right
off ridge & SSE then SE down path to
T Meall nan Tarmachan SE Top
|1315||S to bend in path||730||7.65 miles||NN59143768|
|1320||E to gate over path||670||7.7 miles||NN59293774|
|1330||E to rejoin hydro track 300m S of gate||460||8.35 miles||NN60263797|
|1335||300m N on track to gate||460||945||8.55 miles||NN60333824|
|1700||1345||Continue track to right at junction with road
then S to parking near former Visitor Centre