Access: Park 10.3 miles down Glen Etive from the A82.
Route: A good, pleasant length for a full day's walking. Rocky outcrops only on N and E faces of these mountains, but W faces are all scree/grass/heather. So best to go E to W for views and for ease of walking, especially as east faces retain snow longer. Then almost all the scrambling is up rather than down. Of course, one is then walking into the prevailing wind on the ridge.
Poor paths at eastern end, but improving as one goes west. Also, no fence or wall on ridge boundary.
This is one useful way of including Meall nan Eun in a ridge walk. Otherwise it makes for a rather long walk in and out for just a single hill. There are two possible routes up it from Glenceitlein in Glen Etive, namely via either of the two bealachs at the head of Glen Ceitlein on either side of Meall nan Eun. Both are straightfoward. The climb from the northern bealach is over very nice granite slabs, whereas the climb up to the western bealach is steeper but allows one to leave any unnecessary kit for collection on return from the summit.
On the descent one can continue W to the bealach between Meall nan Tri Tighearnan and Beinn Starav and take the path down the Allt nam Meirleach or take the north ridge of Meall nan Tri Tighearnan which has better views and evening sun. However, for the latter choice the descent onto the ridge is initially tricky if there is no visibility.
Note the very anti-social high fencing of a newly created "garden" area around the houses and locked gates at Coileitir preventing the historic use of the path in front of the house. Walkers are now directed on a large messy detour with non-negligible extra ascent, distance and effort. This is one of only two places I've encountered in all my experience of climbing Munros and Corbetts where it would be worth testing one's access rights to establish what is reasonable access, the other being on the North Chesthill Estate at the four Glen Lyon Munros. I would happily climb the gate unless and until a much more satisfactory alternative is provided.
The 1:50000 map would avoid the need for two 1:25000 maps.
Weather 20/3/05: Walking into sun & breeze in Glen Ceitlein. Hazy with cloud in passes. 21/9/10: Overcast, showers, warm, 14°C at car.
|0835||0740||From A82 drive 10.3 miles down Glen Etive.
Park opposite track down to bridge over R. Etive
|0840||0745||Track E to bridge over R. Etive||20||NN14044683|
|0855||0805||Left track NE to bridge over Allt Ceitlein||30||10||1.15 miles||NN14824775|
|0900||0810||Track E to sheep pens||57||40||NN15174768|
|0930||0840||Take poor, unreliable path ESE by Allt Ceitlein
to crossing of tributary burn from east.
|Path SE into Coirean Riabhach||460||440||3.4 miles||NN17794599|
|1040||1015|| Either (more interesting)
E to northern bealach of Lairig Dhochard
Or (not done) SSE to bealach with Meall Tarsuinn
|1045|| From northern bealach: ascend southwards up
NE face of Meall nan Eun along boundary line
to ridge end. (No path found, but easy enough
to pick one's way between the granite slabs.)
|SE along pleasant grassy plateau (little by way
of path) to M Meall nan Eun (Orange)
|1125||Return along ridge NW for 440m||870||NN18824509|
|1150||1125||Veer W down to col||785||5.35 miles||NN18364504|
|1205||1140||Pick up bits of path along boundary W to
|Follow boundary WSW to above col||780||NN17594480|
|1220||1155||Continue boundary S down to bealach||754||6.05 miles||NN17464460|
|1200||S on boundary to bottom of gully||760||NN17404455|
|Follow gully S up to ridge
(steep, but no scrambling)
|W up ridge to
M Stob Coir'an Albannaich (No Orange)
(Continue 250m NW on summit ridge if desired.)
Descend over easy grassy terrain heading
straight for col and ridge bluff. Follow minor
ridge of Sron nan Cabar SSW until vertically
above bealach. (Don't cut corner; there is a path
further NW for those descending to valley)
|1335||1325||Descend easy scree/grass/heather SSW to bealach||738||7.3 miles||NN16334334|
|Path SW steeply up (minor scrambling) to ridge end||850||1400||NN16114312|
|SW to bump at ridge bend||895||1445||7.65 miles||NN15954292|
|Ridge W to M Glas Bheinn Mhor||997||1560||8.1 miles||NN15314294|
|1430||SW to col||822||8.45 miles||NN14894257|
|1445||1445||W to Meall nan Tri Tighearnan||892||1630||8.65 miles||NN14534257|
Descend directly NNW from the summit
cairn to ridge. This is very steep but the only way to
avoid the cliffs to both E and W. (See photo above.)
|1605||—||Outline of path down Glas Bheinn Chaol ridge
N to easy ford of Allt nam Meirleach
|—||OR: (Safer) Continue SW to ridge bend||845||NN14204232|
|—||1500||WNW to path at Bealachan Lochain Ghain||765||NN13914240|
|—||1525-35||Path N by Allt nam Meirleach to stream confluence||540|
|—||1625||Path N to fork at ford (easy)||195||NN13824500|
|1635||THEN: Path N to where it joins B.Starav ridge path||165||10.45 miles||NN13874531|
|1625||1655||Path N to footbridge over Allt nam Meirleach||20||10.95 miles||NN13614599|
|Path NNW on E bank to "ftbr" at track end||15||11.05 miles||NN13524617|
|Track NE past Coileitir (path diversion) to fork||25||1640||11.55 miles||NN14074671|
|Left fork to bridge over R. Etive||20||11.6 miles||NN14044683|
|1645||1725||Track W back to car||40||1660||11.9 miles||NN13714686|