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Meall Chuaich


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
951 m (3120 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
214 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill of the quaich

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  42   Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

The summit cone of Meall Chuaich lies at the junction of three main ridges. A W ridge leads to the crags of Stac Meall Chuaich then turns SW and leads down to the track by the Allt Coire Chuaich (this is the normal ascent route).

There is a broad N ridge and and much broader NE ridge (Carn Thomais). Inclines are mostly moderate but there are some steep slopes E of the summit and the lower NW slopes are generally steeper.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall Chuaich include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
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East Highlands
by Met Office
Carn Dearg
by Metcheck
Meall Chuaich Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall Chuaich.

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 Routes that include Meall Chuaich
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 658 m 14.46 km 4.5 hrs Meall Chuaich  Easy route, mainly on heather and grass, starting from high altitude. Some steep slopes.  

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Meall Chuaich Feb'15

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

me at the summit with a view of world. what else do you need

© John Frew

Image by John Frew

Meall Chruaich

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Meall Chuaich summit 30.06.12

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy
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Martin Scott
wrote on
May 22, 2012
Climbed Meall Chuaich on Tuesday 22nd May, it was one of the hottest days so far in 2012, 22-23 degrees when we got out of the car at Lay-by 94. We started at 2pm giving ourselves 5 hours to complete. Navigation was easy as it's all in front of you. Reached the Locked bothy after an hour. It was baking hot. the route to the summit was a bit of a slog to begin with but then it opened out onto the hilltop. The views all around were spectacular especially the Cairngorms which are still covered in snow. We met 3 people coming down and also had 3 very fit guys passing us about half way up.
James Lindsay
wrote on
March 11, 2012
Parked in layby 94 on the A9 and set off about 9.30am on a fairly clear day on 1st March 2012 This walk is ideal for using a mountain bike at the start as there is a one hour walk on a boring well constructed track which runs from the start all the way to the locked private bothy where it could be left. I reckon using a bike would save about 90 minutes round trip.The hill itself was just a nice walk out and probably the easiest munro I have ever done. I have never seen so many grouse and lots of white hares. We started in nice clear weather which held as far as the summit when the cloud came in and the rain started, visibility 5 metres. Headed back down to Stac Meall Cuaich for lunch then back to the bothy for that one hour walk back to the car. As I said a nice days walking but not one I would repeat. Time taken 5 hours.
Graham Slater
wrote on
August 24, 2009
Climbed this on fri 21st august 09. Nice walking to get the legs moving. Did anyone notice the river seems to run uphill. Bothy was unlocked and a bottle of becks above fire place I managed to resist it. Nice day just a bit of wind , clear conditions and just a few spits of rain. Did it in about 2hrs 45 min, one of the easier ones.
Niall MacKinnon
wrote on
September 29, 2007
Climbed on 25th Sept. 2007, fairly straightforward. If the option is available to you, I would recommend using a bike to get from the layby where you park your car and the bothy. It is of note that this bothy is locked, possibly to prevent poachers from nearby loch, which is a pity as it looks to be in great condition. Worth bearing in mind for those of you, like me, who maybe had plans for it being used as a sheltered lunch spot before tackling the 'peak'.
John Gearty
wrote on
January 12, 2004
Climbed this on 11/01/04. A good walk in to get the legs going, then a fairly easy climb to the summit, good views of the drumochter hills and across to the Alder Group, snow for last 500 feet which was nice, an easy 4.5 hour day.

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