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 – but one may then be walking into the prevailing wind.
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 several straightfoward routes up it from Glenceitlein in Glen Etive, e.g. via either of the two bealachs at the head of Glen Ceitlein on either side of Meall nan Eun, or directly SW on the vague path given by OpenStreetMap. 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 after Glas Bheinn Mhor 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 this choice the descent onto the ridge is initially tricky if there is no visibility.
Those going in the opposite direction should have no difficulty ascending SSE from the path by the Allt nam Meirleach directly to the summit of Glas Bheinn Mhor. It is steep and one keeps to the west side of the ridge to avoid the rocky outcrops.
Note the very anti-social high fencing of a “garden” area around the houses and locked gates at Coileitir preventing the historic use of the right of way beside the house. Walkers are now directed on a large messy detour with non-negligible extra ascent, distance and effort. It is unclear to me whether or not the re-routing of the right of way has had permission but as of 2021 there is a very convenient hydro power track to the north of Coileitir leading to the bridge over the Allt nam Meirleach.
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.
|0940-45||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
Or OpenStreetMap path directly up NW ridge
|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 just 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 path on E side of gully S to cairn on ridge||890||1145||6.25 miles||NN17454425|
|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 the valley.)
|1335||1325||Descend easy scree/grass/heather SSW to bealach||738||7.3 miles||NN16334334|
|Path SW steeply up to ridge end||850||1400||NN16114312|
|SW to bump at ridge bend||895||1445||7.65 miles||NN15954292|
|1410-20||1410-15||Ridge W to M Glas Bheinn Mhor||997||1560||8.1 miles||NN15314294|
|1430||SW to col (or risk descending NW edge of N ridge)||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|
|Hydro track NE passed Coileitir 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|