Glen Kinglass Munros Walking

Despite there being multiple single day routes that give access to the Munros north of Glen Kinglass, it is arguably more adventurous to combine them into a single outing over several days, allowing some more remote terrain to be travelled. The route can be nicely split over two or more days with a multitude of wild camping sites available. A clear highlight of the route is the camp beside Loch Dochard. Alternative start and end points could be used but the route described here aims to maximise the variety.

Sunset from wild camp in Lairig Dochard  © Steely12
Sunset from wild camp in Lairig Dochard
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NN2705142301 From the Victoria Bridge car park follow the road north over the bridge and at the buildings follow the track down Glen Kinglass. Follow the track and footpath past the Clashgour, (Glasgow University Mountaineering hut) where the footpath leaves the track and follows the river. An interesting looking footbridge is crossed and the footpath re-joins the track. The track is followed until the shores of Loch Dochard are reached. The route can be started late in the day and Loch Dochard makes for an idyllic campsite.

NN2171641759 From the loch continue following the track around the nose of the hills until a vague path leading up towards a gorge is reached. After rain the route up Beinn Nan Aighenan suggested here may become boggy.

NN1756038918 Follow the path up to Coire a Bhinnein and from here follow the eastern ridge line of Beinn nan Aighenan to the summit. A steep path descends the north side and continues up to the saddle. Due to the nature of the next leg, it may be worth leaving heavy bags stashed under a rock in the vicinity of the col.

NN1397642357 From the col climb steeply up the ridge towards Stob Coire Dheirg. An exposed ridge is encountered on the traverse from Stob Coire Dheirg to Ben Starav; this can be avoided in places. From the summit of Ben Starav return via the same route. Having recovered bags follow the ridge line up to Glas Bheinn Mhor. From Glas Bheinn Mhor continues eastwards and descend back down to the next col. Here there is a stream that can potentially be used to refill water. The path climbs steeply out of the col before becoming vague on the ascent up Stob Coir an Albannaich. Again the path is followed from the summit until a small cairn marks a path that descends amongst the steep terrain. Meal nan Eun is the next summit, reached again by following the paths. The suggested wild camping spot is down in the next saddle. There is a barely visible path, but in general, this descent involves careful route selection.

NN1884046048 This col gives an excellent wild camping spot with a small stream nearby and excellent views. From the col there are a wide variety of routes up the next slope from a gentle walk to some adventurous scrambling. A long easy ridge walk then gains the summit of Stob Ghabhar

NN2304945446 Descend around the head of Coirein Lochain to pick up the narrow Aonach Eagach ridge. After this drop left on a rubbly trail descending to a low col. Follow the paths over to the final munro of Stob a' Choire Odhair, and then go down the southern nose of the hill to return to the Victoria Bridge car park.

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