Mam na Gualainn above Loch Leven

Mam na Gualainn from Callert on Loch Leven

Hillwalking route up the Corbett Mam na Gualainn from Loch Leven

Through a delightful birch woodland, paths and tracks lead to grass covered gently rising slopes and onto Mam na Gualainn's grassy summit with expansive views to the Mamores and over Loch Leven to the Glencoe ridges.

Route outline

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Corbetts Mam na Gualainn
Ascent 800m (2620ft)
Distance 6km (4m)
Time 3:00hr
Start/finish Callert
Grid Ref : NN093603
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The easiest and most direct route up Mam na Gualainn is from the roadside above the shores of Loch Leven, around 4km east of North Ballachuilish. From here there is a track to follow for a fair bit of the ascent up Mam na Gualainn's western shoulder, though it's a pretty wet mucky trudge. Higher up a delightful hike is enjoyed on grass covered gentle rising slopes to a summit with vast expansive views.

Route detail

Getting to the start at Callert
  • On the northern shore of Loch Leven by Callert, 4km east of North Ballachuilish, a right-of-way sign points into some birchwood in the diection of Lairigmor.
  • On the road just behind this there is a lay-by to park in where a wet track heads up hill.

Mam na Gualainn
  • Either head up the path that heads uphill from the right-of-way sign or the track from the lay-by.
  • If taking the track, when out of the forest, it reaches a red-brick ruin - look for a faint path on the left.
  • If taking the path, take care crossing the rooted ground when wet. Both routes converge and a wet path is followed uphill.
  • Just above the 300m contour, a concrete post is reached - leave the path and head north-east directly uphill. Some heather is bounded over, the ascent steepens and then lessens as the heather is left behind.
  • Further on a path gradually forms, which is followed to reach a gate in a fence-line .
  • Through the gate, the path continues to Mam na Gualainn's summit with its cairn and trig point. The views are vast - The Mamores, the Black Mount to Schiehallion, the Aonach Eagach, Bidean nam Bian, Beinn a'Bheithir and over Loch Linnhe to Argour, Morven and Sunart.

Return to Callert
  • Return by the same route - it's a fabulous fast run down the grass.

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Route photos

Mam na Gualainn above Loch LevenMam na Gualainn above Loch Leven
Right-of-way signs marking start pointRight-of-way signs marking start point
Looking up the grassy slopes of Mam na GualainnLooking up the grassy slopes of Mam na Gualainn
View from Mam na Gualainn's summit west over MorvenView from Mam na Gualainn's summit west over Morven
East from Mam na Gualainn's summit eastwards to SchiehallionEast from Mam na Gualainn's summit eastwards to Schiehallion
Descent back down Mam na Gualainn's western shoulder looking to Beinn a'BheitherDescent back down Mam na Gualainn's western shoulder looking to Beinn a'Bheither

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