A famous landmark on the drive over Rannoch Moor, the Black Mount is a range of big, butch hills, wrapped around deep corries. A classic walk, sometimes called the Clachlet Traverse, links the Inveroran and Kingshouse hotels via every summit in the range. Though traditionally treated in linear fashion it’s logistically more straightforward (if physically harder) as a circuit, making use of a fine stretch of the West Highland Way to finish.
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Distance: 17.90 miles (28.80 km)
Total ascent: 1,879m
Time: 10 – 12 hours (Walking)
SummitsStob a' Choire Odhair 947 m
Stob Ghabhar - Aonach Eagach 991 m
Stob Ghabhar 1090 m
Creise - Clach Leathad 1097 m
Creise - Mam Coire Easain 1070 m
Creise 1100 m
Meall a' Bhuiridh 1108 m
Car park west of Loch Tulla, near Victoria Bridge, NN270419
Plenty of rough rocky ground, and elsewhere quite boggy. Very steep gradients in places, both in ascent and descent. Paths are sketchy at times, and in places non-existent. Some very easy scrambling on the Aonach Eagach ridge of Stob Ghabhar, and the ridge connecting Creise to Meall a' Bhuiridh.
A very big and testing route in full winter conditions, nudging graded mountaineering on the scrambling sections, and with appreciable steep ground elsewhere to be aware of too. The entire east side of Creise can be heavily corniced, and typically holds snow well into spring. The top of the connecting ridge to Meall a' Bhuiridh should usually be cornice-free, but there are no guarantees.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: West Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Coach or train to Bridge of Orchy, but from there it's a long road walk or quick hitch to the start as described.
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