Coire Ardair and the cliffs of Creag Meagaidh

Creag Meagaidh

Complex and vast Munro mountain above Glen Spean and Loch Laggan

Creag Meagaidh is a vast mountain, its summit plateau resting above dark lochans and huge cliffs, its arms reaching out to several minor summits. The cliffs above Creag Meagaidh's Coire Ardair are famed for winter climbing.

Creag Meagaidh

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Meaningbogland crag (possibly)
ListsMunro, 30
LocationCreag Meagaidh, The Monadh Liath and Creag Meagaidh
Grid RefNN418875
Lat/Lon56.95195, -4.60196

Overlooking Glen Spean and Loch Laggan, Creag Meagaidh is a massive and complex mountain. Its summit sits at the western edge of a huge plateau from where spurs and crests reach out to minor summits and Munro Tops that overlook dark lochans and huge cliffs.

East of Creag Meagaidh's summit and overlooking steep ground to the north is 'Mad Meg's Cairn', which could be mistaken for the summit in mist. Apparently it is the burial spot of an 18th century suicide who was denied a grave in the local cemetary.

Below Creag Meagaidh are the SNH buildings at Aberarder (see this for more info), with notice-boards and information on the geology and wildlife. !

Creag Meagaidh is connected to the ridge containing the Munros Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath via an unusually sharp bealach called 'The Window'. Combining Creag Meagaidh with these peaks makes for a fine circuit with options of returning through Coire Ardair or staying high over Puist Coire Ardair for long-lasting views. For keen Munro-baggers, and if transport can be arranged between start and finish points, extending this route further to include nearby Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach make for an excellent long day's hiking !

Hillwalking routes up Creag Meagaidh

1. Aberarder to Roughburn - Creag Meagaidh 5 Munros route »

Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain at the heart of a range of 5 Munro peaks in the Central Highlands also including Beinn Teallach, Beinn a'Chaorainn, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath. Starting and finishing on the A86 above Loch Laggan, this circular hillwalking route takes in all 5 summits.

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 27km (17m)
Time : 9:45hr

2. Creag Meagaidh circuit of 3 Munros »

In the Central Highlands, Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain dominating the view northwards above Loch Laggan. Heading up Creag Meagaidh via Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Ardair makes for a superb circular route with options of returning down the skyline or heading through 'The Window'.

Ascent : 1200m (3940ft)
Distance : 19km (12m)
Time : 6:45hr

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Coire Ardair and the cliffs of Creag MeagaidhCoire Ardair and the cliffs of Creag Meagaidh
Looking southwards through 'The Window'Looking southwards through 'The Window'
Viewpoint east of Puist Coire ArdairViewpoint east of Puist Coire Ardair
Mad Meg's cairn infront of Creag Meagaidh's summitMad Meg's cairn infront of Creag Meagaidh's summit
Lochan a'Choire below the cliffs of Creag MeagaidhLochan a'Choire below the cliffs of Creag Meagaidh
Aberarder below Sron a'Choire on Creag MeagaidhAberarder below Sron a'Choire on Creag Meagaidh


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