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Meall nan Tarmachan


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.
1044 m (3425 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.
89 of 282 Munros
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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 ptarmigan

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.

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  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

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

Meall nan Tarmachan is the most easterly of a group of 4 hills, known as the Tarmachan Ridge, and although it is the only Munro, there are two other peaks over 1000m on the ridge.

Meall nan Tarmachan has two peaks, the smaller (923m) SE peak being separated from the summit by the crags on Cam Chreag through which the ascent path travels necessitating a minor scramble.

A second, long, ridge runs N to Creag an Lochain and forms the W shore of Lochan nan Lairige. A third ridge SW connects to Meall Garbh and the other members of the Tarmachan Ridge.

The terrain is generally easy to moderate grass slopes but with many crags requiring careful navigation. Traverse of the ridge requires further easy scrambling.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall nan Tarmachan include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
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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Meall Corranaich
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall nan Tarmachan.

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 Routes that include Meall nan Tarmachan
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 887 m 12.66 km 4.5 hrs Meall nan Tarmachan  Meall nan Tarmachan is the main top of the Tarmachan Ridge and the route described here is the ridge walk. The ascent is easy but for one steep section but traverse of the ridge requires some scrambling on steep descents.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan

 Baggers Gallery for Meall nan Tarmachan

At last a 3rd Munro in the bag - think this was actually easier than most of the Grahams and Corbetts that I've been up!

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White

Me at the top of Meall nan Tarmachan

© Andy Thompson

Image by Andy Thompson

Me on top on of Meall nan Tarmachan 11.12.2012.

© Stephen Pyne

Image by Stephen Pyne

Allison & Alex after walking a bit of the Tarmachan Ridge with Meall nan Tarmachan in the background 04/09/2012

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan
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Marc Lang
wrote on
April 23, 2011
Climbed this from the small car park to the North-West of the dam - route is suggested by Cameron McNeish. From the small car park, ascended SW onto the west ridge (Creag Nam Botham), and headed south round in a U shape over Meall Garbh, Meall Nan Tarmachan, and north along the ridge back to car park. Really good day, some pretty good scrambling on approach to Meall Garbh
James Corrigan
wrote on
October 30, 2010
High level start of around 500m where there is a small car park that can take 4 cars if parked with consideration.Broke across very wet ground on to steep grassy slopes and headed for the SE top.There is a 2 layer fence that you can follow up thes slopes but remember one of them is electrified! Soon the main SE top comes in to view where you need to take a turn to the right and down in to yet more boggy ground.A very strong snow storm came down on us at this point but battoned down the hatches and up the very steep grassy slope with an intermitent path.Soon back to nice weather and the final push to the ice cover summit of Meall nan Tarmachan 1043m so only a mere 643m or so to the top.Down over no less than 4 Munro tops with the occasional bit of mild scrambling with the weather doing its best at times to blow us off the ridge!Back to cat with time and energy to spare so crossed over another wattery bog towards Meall a Choire Leith.
Billy Liddell
wrote on
August 9, 2010
We parked at the visitor centre and walked up to the start of this walk, we should have parked just off the bridge as there is room for quite a few cars. There is also room when you cross the bridge for about 5-6 cars
Peter Aylmer
wrote on
June 19, 2010
As this was part of a longer mulit-day linear walk, I climbed Tarmachan direct from Killin village and descended into Glenlyon. From the village, I took the road to the bottom of the pipeline. The pipeline has an old railway running beside it! At the top, you can join the tracks which have come in from the Ben Lawers car park. I took the S ridge of Meall Garbh which is straightforward but in retrospect I wish I had joined the ridge further round and enjoyed the scrambling. Northwards, there are alternatives in the dip, but then a new fence is a clear guide nearly all the way to the road.
William Thomson
wrote on
June 6, 2010
Climbed this East to West as described on this site, a great day for it. I had already been up Beinn nan Oighreagh & Meall Ghaordaidh in the morning, so with you already being halfway up when you park, made this an ideal afternoon choice. Weather was fantastic, views amazing, wee bit hazy, but not too bad. Easy ridge walk, only one wee tricky bit coming off Meall Garbh, but this can be avoided if your not confident.

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  Date Title Written by Including...
1 16 Jul 2011 The ridge of Meall nan Tarmachan, west to east; 14 July 2011. Roger Vander Steen Meall nan Tarmachan Not Yet Rated
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