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Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair & Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]
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
1334 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
6.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
20.46 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.

Long but relatively easy route. Approach is on well maintained path, but summit of Creag Meagaidh may be difficult to locate in poor visibility. Descent path is muddy in places. Coire Ardair is beautiful, and the views from route to Carn Liath are excelle

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: Kingussie

From Kingussie (A86) travel W to Aberarder on the shore of Loch Laggan. Park in the Nature Reserve car park.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,334 metres. Allow 6.5 hours to complete this 20.46 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 carpark on A86
  NN48308726 Distance
254 m
Walk NW towards buildings at Aberarder
NN47988754 Distance
0.45 km
270 m
Follow path NW across boardwalk
NN47368826 Distance
1.20 km
410 m
Continue NW on path through trees
NN46028946 Distance
1.87 km
510 m
Continue SW to Coire Ardair
NN43958833 Distance
2.46 km
622 m
From lochan ascend WNW to narrow bealach known as "The Window"
NN42618857 Distance
1.41 km
935 m
Ascend SSE onto broad featureless plateau
NN42758783 Distance
0.93 km
1085 m
Head WSW to Creag Meagaidh summit (beyond Mad Meg's Cairn)
NN41878753 Distance
0.81 km
1130 m
Return ENE across Plateau
NN42758783 Distance
0.81 km
1085 m
Descend N to window
NN42618857 Distance
0.93 km
982 m
Ascend N turning NNE to summit of Stob Poite Coire Ardair
NN42938885 Distance
0.49 km
1054 m
Head NE to minor top (991m) overlooking Coire Chriochairein
NN44798994 Distance
2.33 km
991 m
Continue NE to Meall an t-Snaim
NN45899048 Distance
1.25 km
969 m
Descend SE then ascend E to Carn Liath Summit
NN47229035 Distance
1.50 km
1006 m
Descend SSE to Na Cnapanan
NN47618887 Distance
1.74 km
615 m
Descend SSW to join path
NN47368827 Distance
0.68 km
410 m
Follow path SE to return to start
  NN48308726 Distance
1.63 km
254 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn a Chaorainn
by Metcheck
Images of Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair & Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]
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.
63.0 km
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by David Johnston on 13 Feb 2008:
Did this route as decribed in febuary on a nice sunny day the views from Creag Meagaith are spectacular. The climb up to the window was interesting due to a good covering of snow. Once you get to the first summit its a fairly easy walk along the ridge to the other two munros. The path down from Carn Liath was fairly boggy in the middle section but easy to follow. A great day out 6.5 hours to complete.
Written by Niall MacKinnon on 24 Oct 2007:
Did this the anti-clockwise direction on advice of friend. Completely missed the path to Carn Liath - the elsewhere advertised 'cairn' at the side of the main path is very small pile of stones I found on way back down and the path is quite overgrown at start so very easy to miss, as are the fence posts. 100m into birch trees and no more. I then climbed very steep side to rejoin intended route, then onto Stob Poite. Returning for Meagaidh another day. Great views, great route (as long as you don't stride past it!) and the path to and from The Window is very good condition.
Written by Craig Dunderdale on 04 Aug 2006:
I'm reasonably fit and this took 7hrs. I had a fantastic day in great weather! Take the route suggested and you get amazing views of the cliffs and "The Window". The window not that steep compared to some bealachs. Not hard navigationally but small points to remember. 1.Creag Meagaidh summit is past Mad Meg's Cairn. 2. The summit of Stob Poite Coire Ardair is fairly flat so can be missed in poor viz 3. The descent south from Carn Liath takes you on an obvious path that becomes more vague and winds it's way though bushes and trees rejoining the main path into the valley at NN4729 8833.
Written by Bobby Mcginty on 21 May 2006:
Same route, took 7 hours, spectacular views.
Written by Kathleen Haddow on 16 Jul 2005:
Really enjoyable walk. The window is steep, with loose stones underfoot but no great difficulty. Once on the summit plateau, the cairn can be hard to locate in the mist: be sure not to think Mad Meg's Cairn is the true summit!
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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