Meggy straddles Scotland’s east-west watershed, and has elements of both - cliffs second only to Ben Nevis for the scale and quality (if not reliability) of their winter ice climbs, backed by a sprawling central plateau that gives the Cairngorms a run for their money. This is a superb walker's hill too. Coire Ardair is the best approach, an easy trail through the birch woods of the thriving National Nature Reserve, with the crags of the upper corrie looming steadily larger ahead. Their monumental size is not fully apparent until you’re standing, ant-like, below them. Escape the corrie via the dramatic col of The Window, the only walker-friendly route, then head over the empty plateau to Meggy's domed summit. The return leg via the northern rim of Coire Ardair is an enjoyable ridge walk in its own right, with a couple of bonus Munros and great views of the cliffs.
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Distance: 12.66 miles (20.38 km)
Total ascent: 1,136m
Steepest Gradient: 59% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 – 8 hours (Walking)
SummitsCreag Meagaidh 1130 m
Stob Poite Coire Ardair 1054 m
Stob Poite Coire Ardair - East Top 1050 m
Stob Poite Coire Ardair-Sron Coire a'Chriochairein 993 m
Carn Liath - Meall an-t-Snaim 970 m
Carn Liath 1006 m
Car park at the entrance to Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, NN482873
Newtonmore or Fort William
A well-constructed trail gives quick access to Lochan a' Choire. From there it's a little steeper and rougher going, though the terrain is still fairly easy.
Its size and inland position tend to make Meggy a snowy place in winter. The mountain is infamous for avalanches, and though the slopes leading up to The Window can be a particular concern in this regard, large avalanches have been known to run over the path even in the lower corrie. Creag Meagaidh is one of the SAIS report areas. In season daily reports are posted online (http://www.sais.gov.uk/creag-meagaidh/ ) and pinned up at the NNR building. In addition to possible avalanches the cliff edges all around Coire Ardair can be very heavily corniced, and if so will need a wide berth. And to top it all Meggy's cairngorm-like summit plateau is encircled by steep treacherous ground, and very hard to navigate in poor visibility. It's fair to say that Meggy is one of the most serious winter mountains in Scotland.
Weather and Hill Conditions: SAIS: Creag Meagaidh – mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: East Highlands
Unbelievably, there are no buses between Newtonmore and Fort William. Tulloch is the nearest train station.
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