Laggan Munros

Munros south of Loch Laggan, 27 June 2019

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. A day bagging the 3 Munros south of Loch Laggan - Creag Pitridh, Geal Charn and Beinn a'Chlachair. Steven Fallon was leading.

Munros south of Loch Laggan

What a glorious day, the end of June and feeling really like summer has arrived. I met Julia and David at the loch lay-by on the A86 by the southern end of Loch Laggan - I was 2 minutes late - I'd timed the arrival to perfection, but didn't factor in some time for getting stuck behind a bus. That A86 is a trunk-road, but it's twisty and narrow for a fair bit of its length.

Gear ready, we headed down the fine track southwards, all of us on bikes. It's 5km to Lochan na h-Earba and its glorious little beach and we peddled a bit ruther onwards past this to reach where the uphill stalkers path joins the Allt Coire Pitridh. Bikes parked, it was on foot. We stuck to the stalkers path to the bealach between Creag Pitridh and Geal Charn, then dropped off rucksacks for a there-and-back to Creag Pitridh's summit. The day was young and with plenty energy left, we just paused to take in the views before heaidng to our next Munro, Geal Charn.

With not a single cloud in the sky, conditions were getting pretty warm, so water-bottles needed topping up, luckily there are lots of places on our route to do this. Keeping mainly to the northern side of any crests, we kept to grass-covered ground and reached Geal Charn's summit cairn beside a conical OS trig point. Time for some eats and more vierws !

Onto Beinn a'Chlachair next, I was recalling to myself the last time I was here - full-on winter conditions requiring ice-axes and crampons. Nowt like that today, and the scramble up the northern spur was a doddle, followed by a relaxed walk along Beinn a'Chlachair's wide plateaued crest to reach the bouldery summit. We stayed here for quite an age, drinking in the awesome views.

Beinn a'Chlachair's summit rests above the wide Coire Mor Chlachair and a decision needs to be made which side of this to descend back to our bikes - we opted for the eastern side as, in my option, it's more gentle and direct. Lower down we returned to our bikes for a fun free-wheel back, but only after pausing at Lochan na Earba's beach for one last stop to take in the scenery.

More photos by Steven Fallon are here on Flickr.

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