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Meall Ghaordaidh


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.
1039 m (3408 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.
93 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 shoulder

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 Ghaordaidh is a large sprawling hill located between Glen Lochay, from where it appears as a rounded featureless hill, and Glen Lyon where its craggy N ridges Creag Laoghain and Creag an Tulbhain are revealed.

Meall Ghaordaidh also has a long SE ridge with easy slopes to the path (not shown on map) on the W bank of the Allt Dhuin Crosg and this is the usual ascent route.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall Ghaordaidh include
 Crags within 1km of 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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Meall Corranaich
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Meall Ghaordaidh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall Ghaordaidh.

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 Routes that include Meall Ghaordaidh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 897 m 9.16 km 3.5 hrs Meall Ghaordaidh  An easy ascent on heather and grass. A good walk for a winters day.  

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Me taking in the view at the top of Meall Ghaordaidh

© Lorna Gilchrist

Image by Lorna Gilchrist

Stupot at the summit of Meall Ghaordaidh 28th Jan 2012

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown

ian stalley my 3rd munro

© Ian Stalley

Image by Ian Stalley

me on Meall Ghaordaidh 25 sept 2010

© mackenzie barker

Image by mackenzie barker
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Felix Gruijters
wrote on
March 29, 2009
We combined this hill with the two at Loch Diamh. The best way to get up Meall Ghaordiadh is NOT to start at the bottom of the stream near Stronuich but go straight up the hill from the bridge in Glen Lyon, on the plateau/valley above the first initial climb stay on the east side of the Northern spur of Ghaordaidh. Climd to the col between Carn Chreag and Meall Ghaordaidh. Do Not go straight up the eastern ridge of Ghaordaidh.
Gordon Miller
wrote on
June 9, 2008
Went up from Glen Lyon with my daughter LIndsey. We went up the gully on the right between the crags which gave an easy scramble, keeping to the right of the rocky outcrop nearer the top, basically following the burn. A warm day with super views at the top. Came down the more traditional route.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
May 17, 2008
Climbed with Christine on 17/05/08. Ascended from Glen Lochay, leaving the farm track at the unnecessary cairn near the iron post. Slogged up in 2 hours with the peat quite firm underfoot due to the dry weather. Cold at the summit, but the cloud was starting to lift and we got better views on the way down.
Hilary Neilson
wrote on
May 9, 2008
I too tackled this from the North, same route as Andy, there are no difficulties, although there was still lots of snow on this north ridge in May, I would think this route could be tricky in Winter, the descent is a delight, you walk into an exactly semi circular mountain ampitheatre, quite a sight.
Andy Clark
wrote on
April 12, 2008
I parked at Bridge near the Stronuich power station (NN51215 42143). I went through a gap in the cliffs almost directly south of the start point and then followed the wide ridge to the summit. I then created a short horseshoe of the walk back round to Creag an Tulabhain and back to the car. Having walked this from both north and south routes, the north is recommended as it has far more character and the initial steep climb up Creag Laoghain is a nice scramble in the winter(although the scrambling can easily be avoided)

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1 12 Nov 2009 Meall Ghaordaidh Scott and Jackie Turnbull Meall Ghaordaidh
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