Colin's Munros


Gleouraich & Spidean Mialach, Maps 33 or 414S
2nd May 2004, 11th March 2010 & 8th May 2017

Route: Total 7 miles; 1175m=3850' ascent; 4 hours.

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.

2/5/048/5/17 Description Ht.Asc.DistanceGrid Ref.
09300840 Park at path end, 3.1 miles after dam (at end
of 2nd piece of woodland on right side of road)
220   00.0 milesNH02920298
 0940 Ascend excellent superbly-engineered path
N/NE/E to first top, or where path by-passes it
8406151.4 milesNH02980495
 0950 Continue path NE to col 814 1.7 milesNH03240527
10501010 ENE to summit ridge then ESE to
M Gleouraich (trig pt not seen). Orange
10358352.3 milesNH03940534
11051020 SE to col 947 2.5 milesNH04380508
11101030 E to T Craig Coire na Fiar Bhealaich 10068952.75 milesNH04740518
11351050 E/SE to Fiar Bhealach 740 3.3 milesNH05470480
12051120 SE/E/SE/S to Spidean Mialach W top 97711303.75 milesNH06150454
   SE to col 957 3.95 milesNH06330431
1127.5 E to M Spidean Mialach
(excellent sheltered cairn) Orange
99611704.1 milesNH06570430
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.
485 5.25 milesNH04970371
 — EITHER: SW by Allt a' Mheil to hydro
track then follow track down to lochside road.
220 6.4 milesNH03730256
 — OR: Follow Path SW to lochside road
(marked by grey post with no sign)
220 6.75 milesNH03210278
13301250 THEN: Road W back to car. 22011757.0 milesNH02920298

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