Tarmachan Ridgeby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Sep/2011
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The classic ridge walk of the southern Highlands gives a varied and interesting route over several knobbly summits, in a grand position overlooking Loch Tay. The short narrow arete on Meall Garbh is the day's highlight, and though it's airy there's no real scrambling to speak of. It's a lot of work for a single Munro tick, particularly in winter, but the full traverse is worth the effort; and thanks to the high start there's less total ascent than you might suppose.
Beyond the saddle the path weaves over two minor peaks before climbing to the summit of Beinn nan Eachan – all a bit confusing if it's misty.
Distance: 8.48 miles (13.64 km)
Total ascent: 842m
Steepest Gradient: 34% (1 in 3)
Time: 5 hours (Walking)
SummitsMeall nan Tarmachan - South Top 923 m
Meall nan Tarmachan 1044 m
Meall nan Tarmachan - Meall Garbh 1026 m
Layby where the track joins the Ben Lawers road, NN604383
Well trodden trails but reasonably rough throughout, with the occasional short steep section and some potentially tricky route finding in a pea souper. The Meall Garbh is narrow but short lived and hands-free, though the rocky descent at its far end needs more care if wet. From the west end of the traverse it’s a quick return leg on a 4WD track.
Quite arduous in deep snow (but then, which hill isn't?). In decent winter conditions the Meall Garbh arete gives a very mild taste of the delights of mountaineering ridges, but watch out for icy conditions on the descent from the arete's far end. The rest of the route is straightforward.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: East Highlands
Infrequent local buses run from Killin to Aberfeldy; you could ask to be dropped at the bottom of the Ben Lawers road.
The Munros, SMC
OS Explorer 378 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 51 (1:50,000)
Braveheart Backpackers, Killin 01567 829 089
Ben Lawers Bunkhouse, Glen Lyon 01887 866 318
Killin (08707 200 627)