Time: This is a short enough walk for
Sgurr a'Mhaoraich to be tackled the same day.
Access: From Invergarry, take A87 west for 5.1 miles, then turn left onto C-road beside Loch Garry, leading to Loch Quoich, and drive just over 3 miles beyond the dam.
NB: The only road to the start of the walk was blocked by a landslip in November 2018 (see the Mountaineering Scotland website). It appears to have been re-opened in April 2019 (see the comments on the AGU and CoastalWalker websites).
Route: There are good paths from the start as far as Spidean Mialach. The traditional descent path was wet and boggy. However, now there is a new hydro road going from the lochside road at NH03730256 up to a bridge over the Allt a' Mheil at around 400m. It does not yet appear on any maps or the aerial views (checked in Sept 2019), but it is a good, peat-free alternative.
Weather 2/5/04: Cold, wet & windy from 11:00.
Weather 11/3/10: Total whiteout from complete snow cover & thick mist above 800m. Stiff cold W wind. Drizzle all day: rain at low level, snow on high ridges. Location helped by GPS unit.
|0930||0840||Park at path end, 3.1 miles after dam
of 2nd piece of woodland on right side of road)
|0940||Ascend excellent superbly-engineered path
N/NE/E to first top, or where path by-passes it
|0950||Continue path NE to col||814||1.7 miles||NH03240527|
|1050||1010||ENE to summit ridge then ESE to
M Gleouraich (trig pt not seen). Orange
|1105||1020||SE to col||947||2.5 miles||NH04380508|
|1110||1030||E to T Craig Coire na Fiar Bhealaich||1006||895||2.75 miles||NH04740518|
|1135||1050||E/SE to Fiar Bhealach||740||3.3 miles||NH05470480|
|1205||1120||SE/E/SE/S to Spidean Mialach W top||977||1130||3.75 miles||NH06150454|
|SE to col||957||3.95 miles||NH06330431|
|1127.5||E to M Spidean Mialach
(excellent sheltered cairn) Orange
|1330||Head SW down easy slope to about 750m
(aiming for Loch Fearna). Then W over
bealach to top end of path marked on map.
|—||EITHER: SW by Allt a' Mheil to hydro
track then follow track down to lochside road.
|—||OR: Follow Path SW to lochside road
(marked by grey post with no sign)
|1330||1250||THEN: Road W back to car.||220||1175||7.0 miles||NH02920298|