Craig Meagaidh Circuit

Distance : 21km

Time : 7.5hrs

We were off to undertake two full on days of Munro bagging over the weekend.

We decided to loosen off the legs by firstly undertaking the Craig Meagaidh Circuit of 3 Munro’s, which was said to be an enjoyable long day on the hills.

Craig Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, looking up towards ‘The Window”

We left late Friday arriving at our destination for around 9.30pm. By being here the night before it meant we could be up and away earlish the following morning without having to travel.

Conditions for today stated good weather with good visibility, let’s hope so.

We started from the carpark with clouds still lying low but it didn’t last long. Before we knew it the sun burned through and conditions started to become warm just perfect for walking along this beautiful track with rich green trees, and the most vibrant of heather, surrounded of course by mountain views.

As we rose higher the clouds continued to slowly disintegrate with some still clinging tightly to the mountains trying hard not to let go…until they eventually did.

We climbed higher and higher and views simply got better and better.

Great views over Loch Laggan

We sumitted Creag Meagaidh, then Càrn Liath before undertaking our last munro of the day Stob Poite a’Choire Àrdair.

Mad Meg’s Cairn

This route had provided us with a superb circular route which I always love as we chose to return a different path down through ‘The Window’, a very steep, rocky decent but nothing technical.

Once at the bottom of the decent we came across the most stunning Lochan of Coire Àrdair situated in the most beautiful location and it was so inviting.

The scenery here felt just as impressive as on top of the mountains, possibly even more so. We had lost the height of the mountains but this pool of water felt utterly overpowered by the great bulk of Creag Meagaidh’s cliffs high above.

These cliffs are regarded by some as one of the best ice-climbing arenas in Scotland.

Creag Meagaidh cliffs with Lochan Coire Àrdair

With no-one around we took the opportunity for a quick splash, the perfect opportunity to cool down and freshen up before the last leg…and my god it might have looked warm but it so was not.

Nevertheless the cool down certainly helped us power walk of that hill and down the north bank of the Allt Coire Ardair and we completed all three munros in just under 7.5 hours, including a swim and a pretty decent lunch break or two.

Now that I’d say was pretty good going.

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