Black Mount Munros from Rannoch Moor

Black Mount Munros Traverse

Hillwalking route over Creise, Meall a'Bhuiridh, Stob Gabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair

Linear hillwalking route from Victoria Bridge to Glencoe Ski Centre over Stob Ghabhar, Meall a' Bhuiridh and neighbouring Munros above the Black Mount.



Route outline


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Munros

Stob Ghabhar

Stob a' Choire Odhair

Creise

Meall a' Bhuiridh

Ascent 1950m (6390ft)
Distance 20km (12m)
Time 8:15hr
Start Victoria Bridge
Grid Ref : NN270423
Finish Glencoe Ski Centre
Grid Ref : NN266525
Terrain
easy hard
Nav
easy hard
Effort
easy hard
Scenery
ok fab


The mountains west of the Black Mount are fine peaks forming a chain running south-north from Loch Tulla to Glencoe. Many a traveller has stopped by Loch na h-Achlaise to snap the enchanting view of the mountains reflected in the waters on calm days.

Taken together, the four Munro summits of the Black Mount form a wonderful linear route that begins on fine estate tracks heading in from Victoria Bridge at the end of the public road by the western end of Loch Tulla. The route ends at Glencoe Ski Centre, where its best to arrange transport for the return, but if not a fine walk can be enjoyed back along a section of the West Highland Way.

The route lower down is on fine estate tracks with decent stalker's paths heading up Stob a' Choire Odhair. Thereafter paths are few and far between. There are some well-defined ridges on route, including the Aonach Eagach on the approach to Stob Ghabhar - which is not in the same difficulty league as its namesake above Glencoe !



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Route description


1. Getting to Victoria Bridge

Walking in from Victoria Bridge and nearing Clashgour Hut

On the A82, 10km north of Tyndrum is Bridge of Orchy, with the hotel sitting on the west side of the road.

Immediately past the hotel, there is a narrow, single-track road heading over the River Orchy and north towards Loch Tulla. Follow this road, past the Inveroran Hotel, to just before its end at Victoria Bridge, where there is a car-park for around 20 vehicles.


2. Stob a'Choire Odhair

Hiking up the southern slopes of Stob Coire Odair, Ben Cruachan behind

Leave the car-park via the wet path behind the information board and head to Victoria Bridge. Cross the bridge, then take the left fork at the junction .

Now on a good track, follow it for 1.5km to a green hut - this was an old school house, but is now Glasgow University Mountaineering Club hut.

A stalker's path heads north from here - follow it up for 2km to where a burn descends over the track (and in spate can obstruct progress).

Cross the burn, then turn right onto a path that aims directly uphill through the heather. The path twists and turns climbing and eventually disappears into stones and boulders higher up - by which time you should be able to see Stob a'Choire Odhair's summit. The untidy cairn on the summt is large enough to shelter out of the wind and fine views are to be had over the Black Mount and beyond


3. Stob Ghabhar

Heading to Stob Ghabhar

From Stob a'Choire Odhair's summit, turn west-south-west and head over pathless ground for a bit. A path gradually forms, and follow it downhill, with no difficulties, towards the bealach between Stob a'Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar (there is an escape route heading directly down from here into Coire Toaig to pick up a track and return back to the burn crossing ).

Staying on a path, cross the bealach, then start gaining height as you turn south-west. The path disintegrates into several fainter routes up the scree. Choose any one, but regardless of which one you choose, guaranteed you'll be clamering up loose rock.

The grass covered east end of the Anoach Eagach is reached, turn west and follow the faint path.

Further on the crest narrows to a notched ridge and some entertaining easy scrambling is to be enjoyed as progress is made.

The ground widens and drops slightly to a bealach, where a thick iron post marks the start of a line of fence posts.

On a path, follow the posts to Stob Ghabhar's summit perched above Coirein Lochain. Superb views in all directions


4. Creise

Looking back to Stob Ghabhar on approach to Creise

Head northwards from Stob Gabhar's summit, following the edge of Coirein Lochain. As you gradually loose height, the coire's edge starts to turn eastwards and ground rises aiming toward Sron an Giubhas - leave the coire and continue northwards on pathless ground. Although gradually dropping height over the next kilometre or so, there are a few minor ups and downs with occasional wet sections, before a final climb up a few metres above the western side of Glas Choirean .

From here, start to drop north-east - the route is fairly pathless, but obvious. The rise up Creag a' Bhealaich can be by-passed on its western side before the descent to Bealach Fuar-chathaidh .

From this grassy col, strike north-east directly up steep, grass-covered, wet and loose hillside - there's no path to follow. Further up, the grass gives way to loose stone cover for the hike up to Clach Leathad - the views from this top are excellent !

From the cairn on Clach Leathad, pick up a faint path heading north-west and follow it over the gravel and boulderfields. Terrain cover becomes easier as the path turns more northwards. After dropping around 60m, you should start to head up to a wide area - look for a cairn on your right - this marks the start of the route over to Meall a'Bhuiridh later.

Keep heading in a generally northwards direction following traces of path through more gravel and boulders. Stones give way to grass, with the path becoming more obvious as the last climb up to the summit of Creise is done. In winter the edge above the coire can cornice over heavily.


5. Meall a'Bhuiridh

Meall a' Bhuiridh from Creise

From Creise's summit, return 750m to the cairn you noted earlier on the way up. In winter the cornice may be substantial and technical winter gear may be required to proceed if icy !

Aim eastwards from this cairn and scramble down the initial blocks and steep ground. The route should be obvious with a path meandering a way down to the bealach below Meall a' Bhuiridh.

The path continues eastwards up a ridge and over stones and scree, with some of the route sticking to the crest and other times on either side. The untidy summit cairn of Meall a'Bhuiridh is reached above the top of the ski-tows. A fine vantage point over the Black Mount to Rannoch Moor.


6. Down to Glencoe Ski Centre

Route down under the chair lift

Head north-east-north, down the epredominantly grass covered northern shoulder of Meall a'Bhuiridh. Keeping to the slightly higher ground west of the ski-tows and no difficulties should be encountered.

Further down, a rickety bridge crosses a burn and a hut at the base of the Wall T-Bar ski-tow is met. A track can then be followed to the top of the Access Chair-Lift .

Just before reaching the top of the chair-lift, look left and a sign points the way down for walkers. Follow this worn path as it meanders downhill through the heather under the chairlift to the ski-centre. Beware the path crosses the downhill bike trails a couple of times !

Hope full you've arranged transport back to Victoria Bridge, but if not, simply follow the West Highland Way southwards from Blackrock Cottage for 11km.





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