Hill: Meall a’Mhuic
Date: Sunday 15th January 2012
Company: Myself and Beinn
Time: 2Hrs 30Mins
Dog friendly: Yes

I abandoned my ‘Plan A’ walk this morning - as the hills around Tyndrum were again covered in cloud. As I headed East, past Crianlarich, I entered the long-forgotten land of blue sky and sunshine .

For ‘Plan B’, I decided to ascend Meall a’Mhuic in Glen Lyon - this would be my 100th Fiona.

The drive from Loch Tay to Bridge of Balgie was a bit interesting owing to frost and ice on the road. Once in Glen Lyon, I parked in the large car park at Innerwick.

Near the start there is a sign “Meggernie Estate – No camping” - it would appear that this estate is still not complying with the Outdoor Access Code.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Innerwick War Memorial:

I followed the track from Innerwick as far as the Allt Ghallabhaich. I took the upper track, with the intention of crossing the burn to re-gain the Meall a’Mhuic track a bit higher up. However, this wasn’t possible due to a six-foot deer fence and a steep drop down to the burn. I therefore descended a few hundred metres back down to the lower track. If doing this walk, stick to the lower track.

Beinn on Lairig an Mhuic track:

Ascending track towards Meall a’Mhuic:

After crossing the Allt Ghallabhaich, via a small bridge, we started the ascent of Meall a’Mhuic up an ugly, wide bulldozed track. This bulldozed track is next to what must have been the original land-rover track.

Meall a’Mhuic:

The view back towards the Lawers range was quite nice this morning.

Looking back towards Lawers range:

Just over 0.5km from the bridge, we left the wide bulldozed track to follow a zig-zagging landrover track heading up the hill.

Zig-zagging track ascending Meall a' Mhuic:

Looking back towards Lawers range:

Glen Lochay hills:

It didn’t take long to reach the end of the zig-zagging track. After that it was just a case of head for the summit.

Meall a’Mhuic:

Cam Chreag:

Beinn was off the lead for most of the walk today. He reached the summit at least five minutes before me and just lay down waiting for me to catch-up.

Beinn waiting at the summit (zoomed):

The views from the summit were not too bad. I particularly liked the view across to Ben Nevis.

Looking towards Loch Rannoch from the summit of Meall a’Mhuic:

Ben Nevis from the summit (zoomed):

View North from the summit:

Loch Rannoch from the summit:

After a quick drink at the summit, we returned to the car via the same route.

Descent back towards Innerwick:

Looking forward to more blue-sky walks this year!