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Cruach Ardrain


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.
1046 m (3431 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.
87 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.
Stack of the high region

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
  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive
  56   Loch Lomond & Inveraray

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

Cruach Ardrain is a very craggy "Y" shaped mountain with two parallel long ridges running NW towards Crianlarich either of which can be used for access.

The more W of the two NW ridges is the normal access route from the track in Coire Earb to Grey Height (685m) then SE to ascend the W face of the mountain, or more usually onto the SW ridge for an easier ascent.

It is not recommended that you approach Coire Ardain through commercial pine forest to the MW as this takes you onto very muddy paths.

The more E of the NW ridges can be accessed from the path in Benmore Glen to the E, however, this route is very steep in places and not recommended. A third ridge runs SE to Beinn Tuliachean with a spur SW to the very craggy Stob Glas (815m).

Hazards you may encounter on Cruach Ardrain include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 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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Cruach Ardrain Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Cruach Ardrain.

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 Routes that include Cruach Ardrain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1480 m 15.82 km 6 hrs Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean  A moderate route with some steep slopes and crossing an unbridged stream (easier in dryer weather).  

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Final Munro - Bob and I at top of Cruach Ardrain

© Lindsay Hemmings

Image by Lindsay Hemmings

Cruaich Ardrain

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Me, Lesley and Jen at the summit 20.04.13

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

Billy in the mist at the top of Cruach Ardrain.

© John MacBean

Image by John MacBean
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Cameron Gair
wrote on
August 9, 2009
Climbed with my son from Car Park on A82 in around 5.5 hrs round trip. Stuck to the Munromagic route reaching Cruach Adrain in around 2 hrs 15 mins and then onto Beinn Tulaichean which was fairly easy before returning by same route. Crossed the rickety bridge and up the boggy path next to the fence at the edge of the cut-down forest to reach the ridge. The walk along the ridge is fairly easy although up and down a bit before a steep climb to join the path which connects Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean marked by a very small cairn. Weather poor with wind, rain and low cloud. GPS was useful.
Kevin Woods
wrote on
July 1, 2009
Instead of starting from the A82 car park by the River Falloch, an ascent to Grey Height can be made directly from Crianlarich, by starting from the park by the Youth Hostel. A path can be followed out of Crianlarich, where following signs will take you onto the forestry tracks. Following the track upwards - take a right, a left then a cairn will mark a turn off point on the right. A rough path can be followed onto Grey Height. I've used this path several times now and is practical if using the trains. Others seem to be ascending this way as well given the numbers I've seen on it.
Andrew Blair
wrote on
June 15, 2009
13/06/09 - Climbed solo from Keilator Farm railway underpass. Skirted forest using track then crossed river via a very 'rustic' bridge. Steep climb to Grey Height almost killed me but was probably down to hangover & lack of breeze. Onwards to Meall Dhamh where I met chap from Strathaven Climbing Club who accompanied me to Cruach Ardrain. Thunder cleared us from summit before we could admire Ben More & Stob Binnein for too long. Continued solo to Beinn Tulaichean where I began to fade on the return leg as a result of the pain from the massive shin blisters I had developed wearing my new boots.
Kevin Woods
wrote on
September 7, 2008
Climbed 2008-09-07 with Ben More, Stob Binnein and Tulaichean - made for a long day out. Approaching the summit from Stob Garbh was problematic, to an extent. This side is incredibly steep and although the path runs straight up the rather daunting looking face without many problems, a few moments had me pausing for inspiration. That was, with some pretty huge and steep drops behind. Unless you are comfortable with such exposed moves, it's probably easier to traverse around to the southern slopes and climb up from there. Otherwise, the ridge to Tulaichean was superbly simple - a nice walk.
Peter King
wrote on
July 25, 2008
Climbed with Ben Tulaichen in cloud with occasional welcome sunny breaks. Basically followed the "Munro Magic" route which sensibly avoids the start through the forest. Varied the route by heading directly ESE for top of Cruach Ardain from approx NN40102150 (shorly after descent and reascent following Meal Damph) the path is less well used than the "bypass" route but is safe and clear, this avoids back tracking between waypoints 6 and 7 on Munro Magic route.

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