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Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh [Lawers region], Beinn Ghlas & Meall Greigh
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1748 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
7.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
20.45 km
 

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

 Notes
Ridge walk with a fair bit of up & down. Quite a streneous route with some easy scrambling. On paths for the majority of way, can be crowded between Ben Lawers & NT visitors centre. Need for second car or hitching (leave early) due to diff start/fin point

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Kenmore (Loch Tay)

From Kenmore at the Eastern end of Loch Tay follow the A827 west towards Killin. After Approximately 12km you reach a bridge crossing the Lawers Burn, just before the bridge a track leads NNW to Machuim Farm and the start of the route.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,748 metres. Allow 7.5 hours to complete this 20.45 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from bridge on A827 crossing the Lawers Burn, where a track leads NNW to Machuim Farm
  NN68033999 Distance
Altitude
187 m
1
Follow the track on the eastern bank of the Lawers Burn NNW 2km (before the track crosses the burn)
NN67434197 Distance
2.22 km
Altitude
440 m
2
Climb the grassy slopes N to gain Meall Greigh , and the start of the ridge
NN67404382 Distance
1.97 km
Altitude
1001 m
3
From the summit head NW to meet National Trust Boundary (fence), following it W to bealach (830m)
NN65734406 Distance
1.80 km
Altitude
830 m
4
Continue W on lightly used paths
NN64914413 Distance
0.84 km
Altitude
1028 m
5
Bear SW to Meall Garbh
NN64394365 Distance
0.62 km
Altitude
1118 m
6
The path SW drops before climbing the short very steep slopes of An Stuc (easy scramble)
NN63904314 Distance
0.72 km
Altitude
1118 m
7
Follow path SSW to Creag an Fhithic
NN63534237 Distance
0.86 km
Altitude
993 m
8
Head S to the summit of Ben Lawers
NN63554142 Distance
1.08 km
Altitude
1214 m
9
Descend SW to col between Lawers and Ghlas
NN63014116 Distance
0.60 km
Altitude
980 m
10
Ascend SW to Beinn Ghlas
NN62544047 Distance
0.91 km
Altitude
1103 m
11
Follow South spur of Beinn Ghlas to descend
NN63053979 Distance
0.84 km
Altitude
890 m
12
Descend SE to join track by Allt an Tuim Bhric
NN64403952 Distance
1.36 km
Altitude
583 m
13
Descend on track to reach main road by Tombreck
NN65143788 Distance
2.82 km
Altitude
230 m
14
Hitch or walk E to return
  NN68033999 Distance
3.82 km
Altitude
187 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

 Weather
Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lawers
by Metcheck
Images of Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh [Lawers region], Beinn Ghlas & Meall Greigh
Route Area Map
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 Where to Stay
Results by distance 'as the crow flies' from the route start.
Please check the provision of roads in the area.
74.8 km
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
Rated:
 from 6 votes
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Written by Craig Mcdonald on 21 Jul 2014:
Did this route in reverse because there is a car park at 450 meters. Made it to the top of beinn ghlas by 11, although never thought it was the top because the cairn is so small. After that the path is like a motorway its so good and the river is a great place for a 'freshen up' just before the forest
 
Written by Ian Munro on 12 Oct 2008:
We did not follow the complete circuit, descending after An Stuc down to Lochan nan Cat. The ascent of the N face of An Stuc was tricky by my standards and I would not have fancied descending the face. Apart from that, it was a long day of grassy slopes and relatively friendly gradients. Watch out for the descent to Lochan nan Cat, which offers no option other than steep grassy slopes and also for the shortage of parking - we had to 'donate' £5 to the RNLI, despite arriving before the crowds.
 
Written by Pete Carson on 20 Aug 2008:
Not a bad route. Low,thick cloud all day but still easy enough to follow. Left the car at the visitor centre and biked to the start point in Lawers village. plenty of safe places to secure them until the return in the car.
 
Written by Mike Watson on 29 Jan 2006:
5 stars as completed in winter. No real problems. Deciding when to start ascent of Meall Greigh could be interesting in poor visibility although the burn running off it is a good marker (Better shown on 1:25000). Oh and An Stuc is entertaining,traverse round to the North Face and make your ascent from there (good snow fields to crampon up).
 
Written by Rob Jeffries on 07 Jun 2005:
I cut this route short by back tracking after reaching Creag an Fhithic, descending from the col between this and An Stuc, to Lochan nan cat down steep grassy slopes (avoiding a few crags). From there, a long boggy walk back to the track you came in on and then back to Machuim farm. No route finding difficulties, though in winter the track between Meall Greigh and Meall Garbh would be obscured of course. The ascent of An Stuc might not be considered an "easy scramble" in icy conditions.
 
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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