Meagaidh and neighbours

Creag Meagaidh and neighbours, 24-25 August 2019

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. Bagging Creag Meagaidh and surrounding Munros on a weekend of guided hillwalking. Richard Kermode was leading.

Creag Meagaidh and neighbours

Day 1 - Creag Meagaidh to Carn Liath

The weather forecast was filled with promise as I met up with Yvonne, Laura, Margaret, Laura, Alex and Jonathan at the Creag Meagaidh nature reserve car park. It was bright and warm as we began the walk into the impressive Coire Ardair. There was a little cloud clinging to the tops though it didn't look too thick and the breeze was lovely keeping the midges away.

As we climbed through the regenerated birch woods the scene to of nectar was already in the air and the summer purples and blues were in abundance on the hillsides. It didn't take us too long to reach Lochan a'Choire below Creag Meagaidh's impressive cliffs and from there on up The Window - the narrow col between the summits. The light was fantastic and the going underfoot very dry with sunshine and warm winds.

We took on some food and drink before striking out for the summit of Creag Meagaidh, via Mad Megs Cairn just in time for cloud to lift and reveal views in all directions. It was windy and forecast to strengthen later in the day, so it was back to the window for lunch.

We hadn't met anybody on the walk in and up but suddenly it seemed a wee bit busy as we passed several people on the plateau and then a few more as we climbed up on to Stob Poite Coire Ardair. After this we didn't meet another person - everyone had been going the opposite direction to us. We enjoyed a glorious afternoon walking and chatting away with great views to the Cairngorms, Affric, Kintail and Ben Nevis to mention a few. The temperature was balmy and despite the wind we made good time along the ridge to Carn Liath - our last Munro of the day where we sheltered for a snack at the summit. As forecasted, the wind was definitely getting stronger and as we descended a rude shower caught us, fortunately not lasting too long and we soon dried out. The going is a little tougher on the way down through the woodlands, but once back in the main path it didn't take long to get back to the car park in the hot sunshine and the breeze to finish a wonderful day's hillwalking.

Day 2 - Beinn Teallach and Beinn a'Chaorainn

Our next day and we were without Yvonne and Jonathan, but joined by Nick as we headed out to climb Beinn Teallach and Beinn a'Chaorainn. The winds had dropped and the forecast was for a hot day....

After putting on the sunscreen, we set off through the forestry and out to cross the Allt a'Chaorain. This can be tricky in spate, but not today ! As we began our climb up the boggy slopes of Beinn Teallach, the hot temperature was obvious as heat went up in the direct sunshine. There wasn't a cloud in sight as we worked out way up to the summit of Beinn Teallach in time for a well deserved break with views in all directions. Already we could see the window on Creag Meagaidh again and our walk from yesterday. The banter was flowing as were the cheese sandwiches.

We descended down the ridge to the bealach above Tom Mor, losing a fair bit of height. This was followed by a long climb up Beinn a'Chaorainn. With some tired legs and hot conditions it was a steady climb to beneath the summit ridge where was had a spot of lunch and enjoyed the views of Beinn Teallach behind us. A surprise to the group was that we were literally beneath the northern, so five minutes after lunch we were strolling along the fabulous summit ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn in the sunshine and a gusty breeze.

The views of the corries were amazing and we drifted along visiting all the tops and relaxing in the sunshine for some more water and afternoon tea. It's a long descent and we were soon weaving our way down through the rocks and heather into increasingly hot temperatures. It was roasting by the time we returned to the cars and quests for cold drinks and ice creams were definitely on the cards as another classic day out came to and end.

It was a really good couple of days on the hills in perfect weather and good company. It was also the first time in a few years I've had the views from the top of Beinn a'Chaorainn which was a bonus too!

More photos by Richard Kermode along with a few by Alex Donaldson and Yvonne McCabe are here on Flickr.

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