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Meall Garbh [Lawers region] & 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
1175 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
5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
13.67 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.

Easy day on moderate grassy slopes.

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: Killin

From Killin (A827) travel E to Lawers Village, which consists of a few scattered houses (there are very few parking opportunities).

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,175 metres. Allow 5 hours to complete this 13.67 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 A827 road (N.B. Very limited parking. Permission required to use Ben Lawers Hotel parking)
  NN68033999 Distance
185 m
Head NNW on farm road past Machium Farm
NN67724052 Distance
0.66 km
255 m
Ascend NNW alongside Lawers burn
NN66794239 Distance
2.38 km
255 m
Continue NW on track/path to sheilings
NN66164272 Distance
0.68 km
610 m
Ascend NW turning WNW to summit on Meall Garbh
NN64394365 Distance
2.06 km
1118 m
Bear NE maintaining altitude
NN64834408 Distance
0.66 km
1040 m
Descend E to beallach
NN65744406 Distance
0.88 km
835 m
Continue E turning ENE to summit of Meall Greigh
NN67404382 Distance
1.76 km
1001 m
Descend SSW to rejoin approach path
NN66794239 Distance
1.56 km
560 m
Follow path SE turning S to return to start
  NN68033999 Distance
3.02 km
185 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lawers
by Metcheck
Images of Meall Garbh [Lawers region] & Meall Greigh
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Alan Cantwell on 16 Nov 2009:
My son Alan and Collies Tino & Ollie climbed these on the 15th November 2009. Don’t be fooled by the description of an “Easy Day On Grassy Slopes” ! We slogged through the farm, then slid up the clay mud quagmire path through the woods. Once you get into the area after the second high fence it becomes more like a normal day’s hill-walking, however, as the contour lines indicate, the ascent of Meall Garbh is no cakewalk! I would advise anyone considering this area to beg steal or borrow 2 cars to do the 5 peaks from the visitor centre with both cars in one day!
Written by Bob Walls on 08 Dec 2007:
The walk in up Lawers burn is as pleasant a walk as you would wish for the start of the day. Once you reach the dam you should keep to the right hand side or you will have a longer than anticipated walk through boggy ground and round the Lochan or as we did across the narrow gap with the water being bitterly cold.The overall walk was well worth the effort and deserves better credit than given. Absorb yourself in the Lawers.
Written by Roger Green on 13 Jun 2003:
These two make up the Eastern end of the Ben Lawers range and it seems a shame not to complete the entire ridge in one route - 5 Munros which can be completed easily if transport can be arranged. The route described here makes a better descent than ascent being grassy and a bit of a slog. However you choose to climb these hills they can seem a little bland compaired to the rest of the Lawers range - although they do offer stunning views of Ben Lawers and An Stuc on a clear day and are usually much quieter.
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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