Meall Chuaich from the estate track to the west

Meall Chuaich from A9

A there-and-back hillwalking route up Meall Chuaich

Fine estate and hydro tracks are followed to a hidden bothy, from where a quick jog up and down bags Meall Chuaich, a fairly unassuming Munro.

Route outline

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Munros Meall Chuaich
Ascent 650m (2130ft)
Distance 14km (9m)
Time 3:35hr
Start/finish Chuaich on A9
Grid Ref : NN655867
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This direct route to Meall Chuaich is pretty straightforward following estate tracks on the lower ground and well worn paths higher up. If mist is down, and particularly in winter with a ground-covering of snow, navigation on Meall Chuaich's higher flat and bouldery ground can be tricky.

Route detail

Getting there »
  • Around 4km north of the south Dalwhinnie junction and just south of Chuaich Farm, there are two laybys (number 93 and 94) on opposite sides of the A9. Parking is restricted to the laybys.

Meall Chuaich »
  • Immediately north of the laybys, on the east side of the A9 is a gate, a sign-board and the start of a track going uphill. A path is fairly worn heading from layby 94 to this gate, keeping walkers off the A9.
  • There's a kissing-gate to the side of the main gate, head through this and up the track to meet an aqueduct. Follow this track for 2km to cross the aqueduct via a bridge , head around a small dam and some hydro works and continue for a further 2km to a junction just before Loch Chuaich. Turn right, past a bothy and over a wooden bridge.
  • The track takes an obvious turn right, there's a small cairn at the side - come off the track here and onto a soggy and worn path, heading uphill. This path, mucky and slippy in bits, heads up north-east over heather, then grass, then turns east-south-east over a flat area.
  • The wet ground is left behind. Careful navigation is required here in mist as the terrain becomes more bouldery and the path virtually disappears.
  • As progress is made, a line of fence-posts comes into view. Follow these fence-posts to Meall Chuaich's large summit cairn .

Return »
  • Return is by the same route. Alternatively the fence-posts at the summit can be traced down into Coire Chuaich, where the track can be picked up, giving a longer return route.

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Route photos

Meall Chuaich from the aqueductMeall Chuaich from the aqueduct
The bothy below Meall ChuaichThe bothy below Meall Chuaich
Hiking up Meall ChuaichHiking up Meall Chuaich
Meall Chuaich's summit cairn and the CairngormsMeall Chuaich's summit cairn and the Cairngorms
Winter sunset from Meall Chuaich's summit fence-postsWinter sunset from Meall Chuaich's summit fence-posts
Heading back along the track, looking to The FaraHeading back along the track, looking to The Fara

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