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Meall na Fearna


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.
809 m (2654 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.
142 of 222 Corbetts
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.
Rounded hill of the alders

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
  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart
  57   Stirling & The Trossachs

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

Meall na Fearna lies E of Ben Vorlich (Munro), separated from it by a high bealach (580m). It is part of a complex H shaped mountain with two parallel N-S ridges each with its own summit and connected by a high col (687m).

The more easterly ridge has craggy E slopes, but Meall na Fearna is the highest point on the more westerly ridge which is relatively crag free. There are steeper rocky slopes SE of the summit.

The most straight forward ascent is via the path from Glen Vorlich to Gleann an Dubh Choirein that passes about 1km from the summit. An ascent is also possible from the E, via the road in Glen Artney and the track through Srath a' Ghlinne.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall na Fearna include
 Crags near summit.
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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West Highlands
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Beinn Ghlas
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  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 817 m 12.34 km 4 hrs Meall na Fearna  Easy ascent on good path to within 1km of summit.  

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Lynda at summit Meall na Fearna - 21st Feb 2010

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Scott at summit Meall na Fearna 21st Feb 2010

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James at Meall na Fearna top 809m on 29/06 2009 on a very foggy day

© Eileen Stark

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Foggy summit of Meall na Fearna 809m 29/06/2009

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Allison Mackay on 31 Mar 2019

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James Corrigan
wrote on
November 7, 2010
Took the Glen Artney and the track through Srath a' Ghlinne. Cycled up from the Church car park.Last chance to park and there are signs to tell you so! There are 3 Deer fences to cross but these have gates.The site down the Glen is magnificent with the massive bulk of Beinn Dearg (Graham) domiating the scene..After around 4km was parked the bikes at a Deer fence to the right near a clump of pines.Steep upwards to skirt a deep gulley and on to atop at 742m.Headed East where you see a wide and deep Glen with endless peat hags.They can easily be crossed by taking a slight Easterly detour.Note the big loss of height here!Kept going East and climbed up crags on on to the summit at 809m.Ben Vorlich looks a lot more impressive from this angle.Stuc a Croin looks less impressive than it does from Vorlich itself.Corbett Beinn Each isn`t seen from here,it is a good hill and gives equally impressive views to Stuc a Croin.This route is more demanding but offers a much better day on Meall na Fearna
Leon Mooney
wrote on
July 7, 2010
Climbed on 7/7/10 from Loch Earn. This was a real "hill of two halves"- but there is no need to cross any water now. The wet path which branches off from the Ben Vorlich path soon meets a new plantation path (which can be seen across the glen). After a left fork, this track comes to a cul-de-sac, and a landrover track must be followed instead (next to the big rock). This eventually fades and the rest is a trample over peat hags, heather, marsh and rocks, which seem to do their best to guard the top. I opted to go round the final summit lump and ascend from the SW. A better day than expected!
William Thomson
wrote on
July 7, 2010
Parked up at Ardvorlich and headed up Glen Vorlich. Took the recommended route to the summit of Meall Na Fearna. From there decended to just South of Creag na h-lotiare, where I passed through the crags and then into Gleann Ghoinean. took the Western tree line up th to Beinn Dearg, then as the crow flies down Beinn Dearg and to the summit of Ben Hatton, then followed over to Mor Bheinn and then NW down to the forest road and followed this to Tynreoch where I walked along the dismantled railway till I could see the sign for St Fillans, then walked along the A85 for approx 200m and took the South Loch Earn road back to the start. A long walk. Weather was pretty good, clear on the summits, very windy on Ben Hatton! Only downside was the walk back. After Mor Bheinn I should have climbed up onto Beinn Fuath and followed the ridge back to Glen Vorlich.
Graham Ellis
wrote on
March 16, 2008
When going up this route, the track splits at NN 6359 2028. The straight on bit then veers around to the left in the general direction of Beinn Domhnuill, but you need to turn right here (going past a wooden pole) to go to the bealach. Soon afterwards the track turns into a typical muddy path, so actually going directly up the hill from here might not be such a bad idea.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
April 1, 2007
31st March 2007. We started from the car park in Glen Artney at 711161 (no parking allowed beyond this). A good stony track leads towards Gleann an Dubh Choirein and a grassy track, intermittent in places, continues up the glen. There is a bridge a short distance upstream at 658162. The south ridge of Meall na Fearna is grassy with some peat bog at the 670 m ring contour. We returned by the grassy ridge running SSE from the 742 m hill. A useful path (shown on the Harvey map) contours round the east side of the hill at 668174. We descended eastwards from the col at 673164. This is longer than the northern approach but totally secluded, apart from close on two hundred deer spread around the glen between the ridges of our ascent and descent.

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