Meall Chuaich from the dam

Meall Chuaich

Munro mountain east of Dalwhinnie

East of Dalwhinnie, Meall Chuaich is a rounded hill slightly tucked behind humps and hummocks but can be glimpsed when driving on the A9 or taking the Perth-to-Inverness train.

Meall Chuaich

Meaninghill of the quaich
ListsMunro, 214
LocationEast of Drumochter and Gaick Forest, Gaick and Atholl
Grid RefNN716878
Lat/Lon56.96386, -4.11269

Meall Chuaich is a rather featureless and rounded hill resting at the northern end of a vast plateau east of Dalwhinnie and Drumochter.

The most popular and most direct route up Meall Chuaich starts from Cuaich on the A9 and follows a good track to the base of the hill from where a rather soggy path climbs to a large cairn on the summit.

A longer route heads in from Strathspey to the north through pretty Glen Tromie and climbs up Meall Chuaich's north-eastern shoulder, much of which is cycleable.

Meall Chuaich can be combined with the other Munros on the high plateau east of Drumochter and Dalwhinnie. Navigation can be testing on this terrain, even in clear conditions !

Routes up Meall Chuaich

Meall Chuaich from Dalwhinnie

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.

Peaks : 1 Munro

Ascent : 650m (2130ft)
Distance : 14km (9m)
Time : 3:35hr

Meall Chuaich from Glen Tromie

Biking along estate tracks leads through pretty Glen Tromie then most of the way up Meall Chuaich's north-eastern shoulder, leaving a distance of only 600m to hike to the large cairn on the summit.

Peaks : 1 Munro

Ascent : 780m (2560ft)
Distance : 31km (19m)
Time : 2:45hr

East of Drumochter

Carn na Caim, A'Bhuidheanach Bheag and Meall Chuaich form a linear route on the eastern side of Drumochter Pass. Having a bike or other transport organised will save a long return route as the start and end points are around 11km apart.

Peaks : 3 Munros

Ascent : 1100m (3610ft)
Distance : 25km (16m)
Time : 8:10hr

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