Cam Chreag from the track up Coire Odhar

Cam Chreag from Innerwick

Hillwalking route up Cam Chreag from Glen Lyon

A pleasant and straightforward hillwalking route following a decent estate track to the foot of Cam Chreag, leaving a short distance up a grass-covered slope to gain the hill's summit.



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Cam Chreag

Ascent 755m (2470ft)
Distance 13km (8m)
Time 4:30hr
Start/finish Innerwick
Grid Ref : NN587475
Terrain
easy hard
Nav
easy hard
Effort
easy hard
Scenery
ok fab


Although the Corbett of Cam Chreag can easily be tagged onto a hike from Loch an Daimh to the Munro of Meall Buidhe (see alternatives below), a more straightforward approach bagging the Corbett on its own can be made from Innerwick in Glen Lyon.

This route follows a fine estate track to a small iron hut at the foot of Cam Chreag, leaving a short distance to hike up a grass-covered slope to gain the hill's summit.

On the track, the route can be cycled as far as a small iron hut standing above the 600m contour and below Cam Chreag. The first 2km on this track is pleasant enough, but thereafter the track becomes very rough and steep for a fair distance.



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1. Get to Innerwick

Memorial cairn at Innerwick

Memorial cairn at Innerwick

North of Loch Tay, near Aberfeldy, an unclassified road heads westwards from the picturesque village of Fortingall with its thatched cottages. This road follows the northern bank of River Lyon along the length of Glen Lyon.

Around 16km west of Fortingall, the road turns sharply while crossing a burn by Innerwick Kirk. On the western side of the bridge is a large parking area with public convenience and visitor notice board.

Innerwick can also be approached from a narrow road heading northwards from Loch Tay, around 7km east of the village of Killin. Signposted to Bridge of Balgie, this road travels to a height of over 550m and may be impassable in winter conditions.


2. Cam Chreag

Cairn by iron hut below Cam Chreag

Cairn by iron hut below Cam Chreag

From the car-park, head uphill on a track that begins from behind the public toilets, through gate into forestry, much of which has been felled.

The track climbs gently for the best part of 1km to meet another gate, beyond which it drops slightly to cross the Allt a' Choire Uidhre via a wooden bridge .

Turning westwards, the track then climbs gently once more following the northern bank of river upstream. A further 1km on and the track crosses the river onto its southern bank with the rate of climbing steepening. A junction is reached, where a right fork leads to a small hyrdo dam. Keeping to the left, the track becomes rough as it climbs even steeper - only the strongest and hardiest of mountain-bikers will be able to continue without dismounting !

Over next 2km, the track twists and turns as it climbs westwards. There are a few dips on the way, and one burn crossed by a bridge. Approaching a small corrugated iron hut , look for a small cairn. This cairn denotes the start of a faint path heading directly up the Cam Chreag's east facing slopes.

Leaving the track at the cairn, follow the faint path as it cuts through heather, then fades into grass and soggy moss. Onto the crest of Cam Chreag's south-eastern shoulder, a faint path is picked up and followed north-westwards to the hill's summit .

View to Meall Buidhe from Cam Chreag's summit

View to Meall Buidhe from Cam Chreag's summit

An untidy pile of stones with a wooden post marks the highest point, from where decent views can be had in all directions.

View to Meall Buidhe from Cam Chreag's summit

View to Meall Buidhe from Cam Chreag's summit


3. Return

Returning down the track, Lawers range ahead

Returning down the track, Lawers range ahead

To return, simply about turn and retrace your steps back to Innerwick.

The last time I hiked this route, I was intending to head to Beinn Dearg via Meall a' Mhuic. However upon reaching Cam Chreag's summit and viewing the terrain over Meall nam Maigheach towards Meall a' Mhuic, the thought of hiking over pathless heather clad moorland looked rather unappealing. So, like most hillwalkers, I about-turned and retraced my steps back to Innerwick.





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