Colin's Munros


Stuchd an Lochain, Map 378W; 15 May 2006 (AM) & 21 Aug 2008 (AM)

Route 1 (without Corbetts): 730m = 2400' ascent; 5.3 miles; 2hrs 40 mins
Route 2 (with Corbetts): 1705m = 5600' ascent; 15.1 miles; 9 hrs

Route 1: With so much driving to reach them, Stuchd an Lochain and Meall Buidhe are best done together with a light rucksack and lunch at the car/dam inbetween. The total for both walks is then 10.4 miles; 4200' ascent; 5 hrs.
However, (for those knocking off Corbetts) both can be done on separate days, including the neighbouring Corbetts Meall Buidhe and Sron a'Choire Chnapanich with Stuchd an Lochain, as in Route 2 below, and the Corbett Cam Chreag with Meall Buidhe, perhaps camping overnight between these days to avoid unnecessary driving. In this case, Stuchd an Lochain would be tackled from Pubil, parking at NN45934187.
Access: The start is about 25 miles from Aberfeldy & 12 miles from the former Lawers Nature Centre. From Bridge of Balgie take the road west for 2.5 miles, then fork right (marked "Lochs Estate") to Giorra Dam (a further 1.5 miles) at Loch an Daimh. Do not drive across the bridge at the dam. There is an unobtrusive gate which may be open if workmen are at the dam, but will be locked when they leave. There were no obvious notices warning that it is private, nor any "no parking" notices.
Weather 15/05/06: 8°C at car; thick, low cloud down to 500m; occasional light rain; light wind.
21/08/09: Warm, but overcast. Cloud base variable around 3000'.
Terrain: Wet peaty paths when off ridges.

15/5/0621/8/08 Description Ht.Asc.DistanceGrid RefMobile
09351030 Park at Giorra Dam off Glen Lyon 410   00.0 milesNN51184637No Orange
   W/S/SW/W on track to 150yds past dam 430  500.55 milesNN50654605 
10201115 SSW up path to line fence posts at cairn on ridge 800?4000.95 milesNN50454542? 
1030  WSW up ridge to Cairn near top 870470  
10351125 W to top Creag an Fheadain 8884901.4 milesNN49784528 
1040  SW to col 845 1.6 milesNN49594495 
10501135 SW to T Sron Chona Chorein (cairns)
(The path leaves the fence & bypasses the top.)
9275701.9 milesNN49334457Orange
1055  W to col 910 2.0 milesNN49184460 
1100  W to col 8905702.4 milesNN48534459 
11101155 Flat summit ridge until final 60m pull up to
M Stuchd an Lochain
9606402.65 milesNN48274486Orange
   Return same way: SE to col 890 2.87 milesNN48534459 
1120  E to cairn 910670   
  Bypass Sron Chona Chorein 9276803.4 milesNN49334457Orange
11351215 NE to col 845 3.7 milesNN49594495 
11401220 NNE to top Creag an Fheadain 8887203.9 milesNN49784528 
1140  E to cairn just down from top. 870    
11451225 Path by fence posts to cairn on ridge. 800? 4.33 milesNN50454542? 
12101255 Descend path N to Giorra Dam, S end. 430 4.95 milesNN50924613 
12151300 Road N to car below Giorra Dam. 4107305.3 milesNN51184637No Orange

Route 2: This route combines Stuchd an Lochain with its neighbouring two Corbetts Meall Buidhe and Sron a'Choire Chnapanich. The terrain is mostly excellent. Follow fence posts where there are any.
Access: From Bridge of Balgie, drive W in Glen Lyon to the dam at Pubil.
Weather 8/10/14: Sun am; clouded over pm.
Connectivity: Both Corbetts and the Munro have a TalkMobile signal.

8/10/14 Description Ht.Asc.DistanceGrid Ref
0830 Park below dam at lower bridge 310   00.0 milesNN45994193
0925 Track W to Bridge at Eas Eoghannan.
(The track is high above loch.
Ensure to start along correct track.)
3501002.25 milesNN42474231
1035 NW up ridge to Meall Daill 8696173.34 milesNN41194350
1100 Ridge N to bealach 760 4.2 milesNN41204473
1115 N to Meall na Feithe Faide 8266934.6 milesNN41344537
1125 ESE to bealach 745 4.95 milesNN41864512
1150 E/SE to C Meall Buidhe 9078555.55 milesNN42714500
1225 SE by stream to bealach 705 6.33 milesNN43514403
1235 ESE to Lochan 7859356.65 milesNN43984387
1240 ESE to Creag a'Chaorainn 7969466.8 milesNN44274384
1305 N/NE to N end of peat hags at bealach 610 7.5 milesNN44714470
1335 Ridge NE to C Sron a'Choire Chnapanich 83711758.15 milesNN45604531
1400 S/SE to more peat hags at bealach 635 9.0 milesNN45954409
1435 Ridge E/NE to Meallan Odhar 815135310.0 milesNN47184485
1510-20 E to col (770) & M Stuc an Lochain 960154310.7 milesNN48284486
1540 SE/ESS/E over bump to Munro top 927158011.45 milesNN49344457
  Return W to previous bump 915158011.7 milesNN48954450
1600 SW to bealach 765 12.3 milesNN48354370
1620-25 SSW to An Grianan to avoid boggy corrie 864170012.8 milesNN48084297
W down ridge to track end 500 13.88 milesNN46384284
1720 Track SSE to gate into village 325 14.65 milesNN46454218
Track S to road 305 14.85 milesNN46344194
1730 Road W back to parking 310170515.1 milesNN45994193

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