Creag Meagaidh & neighbouring Munros

Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain in the Central Highlands. The extensive plateau summit of Creag Meagaidh ends abruptly with the high cliffs of Coire Ardair famed for winter climbing. There are many minor 'tops' surrounding the main massif each connected by grassy ridges, with 'The Window' being a prominent feature seen from the east.

There are neighbouring Munros to Creag Meagaidh - Beinn Teallach, Stob Poite Coire Ardair Carn Liath and Beinn a'Chaorainn, all of which can be bagged in one outing by fit hillwalkers.

Main route summary

The route initially travels up from the SNH building at Aberarder towards Coire Ardair, with lots of wildlife hiding - but if you can't see any, there's a herd of deer kept near the start and they're not camera-shy.

Heading up Carn Liath first, then hiking westwards towards Stob Poite Coire Ardair, the view to Creag Meagaidh and Coire Ardair with its spectacular cliffs is ever-changing. Beinn a'Chaorainn has some good summer scrambling up its east ridge and in winter has huge cornices on its eastern aspects - careful navigation is needed mist ! The walk is finished with lovely views over the Easains and Loch Treig as Beinn Teallach is gradually descended.

Munros Carn Liath (1006m, Munro 126)
Stob Poite Coire Ardair (1054m Munro 76)
Creag Meagaidh (1128m, Munro 30)
Beinn a'Chaorainn (1052m, Munro 79)
Beinn Teallach (915m, Munro 282)
Ascent 1850m (6,050ft)
Distance       27km (17m)
Time walk : 9:45hr*
run : 5hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Aberarder
(grid ref : NN483873)

Finish   Roughburn, nr Laggan Dam
(grid ref : NN377814)


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Meanings  Carn Liath : 'grey hill'
Stob Poite Coire Ardair : 'peak of the pot of the high coire'
Creag Meagaidh : 'bogland crag'
Beinn a'Chaorainn : 'hill of the rowan'
Beinn Teallach : 'forge hill'

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