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.



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Mam na Gualainn

Ascent 800m (2620ft)
Distance 6km (4m)
Time 3:00hr
Start/finish Callert
Grid Ref : NN093603
Terrain
easy hard
Nav
easy hard
Effort
easy hard
Scenery
ok fab


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.



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Route description


1. Getting to Callert on Loch Leven

Right-of-way signs marking start point

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.


2. Mam na Gualainn

Looking up the grassy slopes of 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.


3. Return to Callert

View from Mam na Gualainn's summit west over Morven

The most straightforward option is to return by the way up - it's a fabulous fast run down the grassy slopes !





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