Creag Meagaidh in the Central Highlands is a large, impressive mountain with steep cliffs on the eastern side, popular for hiking and climbing. There are several routes of ascent, including one via the nearby munros of Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Ardair described here. The long path via Coire Ardair provides a route for walking up or down from Aberarder, with a high level alternative via Sron a' Ghoire.
The mountain is managed as a nature reserve, with masses of wild flowers in June when this climb took place. Unfortunately we spent much of the walk wrapped in mist! The steep rocky descent via the Window into Coire Ardair provided a bit of excitement.
- I'll remember it most for the dramatic spectacle of the cliffs
- The best bit was getting back to the Window after some navigational errors!
- The worst bit was making the navigational mistakes
- The words of warning are to keep away from the top of the cliffs and take care on the loose scree below the Window. And be prepared for midges!
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne
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|Location||On the north-west side of Loch Laggan, reached via the A86 between Kingussie/Dalwhinnie (A869) and Spean Bridge.|
|Date walked||17 June 2007|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires stamina and good hillwalking skills|
|Distance||22km / 13 miles approx|
|Height climbed||1100m approx|
|Time taken||7 hrs|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000 No 34 - Fort Augustus|
|Walk source info||Munro books|
|Getting there||By car via the A86|
|Places to stay||Nowhere close by - Newtonmore, Kingussie, Spean Bridge etc|
|Other features||National Nature Reserve|