Drumochter's Munros & Corbetts

Heather and grass covered lumps ! The Drumochter Munros and Corbetts are not the most inspiring of hills, but the area is a good place in which to lose yourself and find wildlife.

Main route summary

Most people will tick these Munros off in three groups : 4 on the west of the A9, then Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag on the eastern side, and Meall Chuaich on its own (see 'Alternative Routes' details of these individual routes). Taken together however, there is only 2250m of ascent to tackle.

Terrain is fairly easy underfoot, with most of the route on paths and following fence-posts. The east side of the A9, south of Dalwhinnie is pretty desolate and can be a bit of a trudge. The peaks on the western side of the A9 have bags more character and afford good views over Loch Ericht to the Ben Alder group and beyond. Meall Chuaich's blandness is forgiven as excellent views to the Cairngorms, Monadh Liath and east can be savoured from its summit on clear days.

Munros Geal-charn (917m, Munro 278)
A'Mharconaich (975m, Munro 181)
Beinn Udlamain (1011m, Munro 119)
Sgairneach Mhor (991m, Munro 155)
A'Bhuidheanach Bheag (936m, Munro 240)
Carn na Caim (941m, Munro 233)
Meall Chuaich (951m, Munro 214)
Corbetts The Sow of Atholl* (803m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2250m (7,400ft)
Distance       43km (plus 8km on bike) (27m+5m)
Time walk : 14:30hr*
run : 6:15hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Balsporran Cottages
(grid ref : NN627792)


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Meanings  Sgairneach Mhor : 'big scree'
Beinn Udlamain: 'jointed or unsteady hill'
Geal-charn : 'white hill'
A'Mharconaich : 'the place of horses'
A'Bhuidheanach Bheag : 'little yellow place'
Carn na Caim : 'hill of the curve'
Meall Chuaich : 'hill of the quaich'

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