Stob a' Choin Walking

A steep-sided peak with some nice knobbly terrain, and an impressive outlook over the Balquhidder glen and nearby Crianlarich hills, Stob a' Choin would doubtless be far better known if only it was 50m higher. Luckily its Munro shortfall keeps this fine hill under wraps. Tucked away near the head of the glen, this stand-alone Corbett is an excellent pretext for the scenic single-track drive down Loch Voil.

Stob a' Choin and the Balquhidder glen from Meall Reamhar  © Dan Bailey -
Stob a' Choin and the Balquhidder glen from Meall Reamhar
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NN4457618449 Continue on the road, now private, to pass through Inverlochlarig farm. The outlaw folk hero Liam Neeson lived here or hereabouts; try not to rustle any cattle in passing. Stay on the main glen track through cow pastures, following the River Larig to a big footbridge over the river.

NN4273817462 On the south bank of the river bear roughly southwest over the boggy lower ground, then make a rising traverse across steepening grassy slopes, more or less in a beeline for the summit. It's hard going, and if you can find anything resembling a path you'll be doing better than me. Cross several small streams to meet the deep-cut burn draining the Bealach Coire an Laoigh. Instead of trying to negotiate this treacherous-looking gorge follow a fence up its east bank. Skirt left of a craggy bluff and carry on beside the gorge until roughly the 470m contour. Here the stream can be safely stepped over.

NN4209916451 Follow an obvious broad terrace steeply up and right, above one band of crags and below another, to reach a pronounced level shoulder on the skyline of the mountain's north ridge. A trudge up grassy slopes leads without further complication to the little cairn on the north summit. This has a nice airy view back down over the glen to the gnarled skyline of the Crianlarich munros. Continue south to the mountain's marginally higher main top.

NN4169715946 Head almost due east to descend rough ground, with a dilapidated fence line as a guide, into the notch of the Bealach Coire an Laoigh. A steep climb out of the col leads onto the lovely crest of Meall Reamhar, where the fence runs on over a series of rocky knolls and mini summits to the final top at 836m.

NN4273115391 The north-northeast ridge is the obvious way down. It's nice and knobbly, with another bit of fence to show the way and even the odd hint of path. As you near the end of the ridge veer off northwest to descend the steep grass slopes above the glen. Abandon any hopes of a trail here and just make straight for the footbridge, and the track home.

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