Meall Chuaich from the dam

Meall Chuaich

Munro mountain east of Dalwhinnie

East of Dalwhinnie, Meall Chuaich is a rounded hill slightly tucked behind humps and hummocks but can be glimpsed when driving on the A9 or taking the Perth-to-Inverness train.

Meall Chuaich

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Meaninghill of the quaich
ListsMunro, 214
LocationEast of Drumochter, The Drumochter Mountains
Grid RefNN716878
Lat/Lon56.96386, -4.11269

Meall Chuaich is a rather featureless and rounded hill resting at the northern end of a vast plateau east of Dalwhinnie and Drumochter.

The easiest and most direct route up Meall Chuaich starts from Cuaich on the A9 and follows a good track to the base of the hill. The hill-walk itself is pretty straightforward following a path, rather soggy on lower ground and faint higher up to a large carin on the summit.

A longer and more enjoyable outing is to combine Meall Chuaich with the other Munros on the high plateau east of Drumochter and Dalwhinnie. Navigation can be testing, even in clear conditions.

Hillwalking routes up Meall Chuaich

1. East of Drumochter »

Carn na Caim, A'Bhuidheanach Bheag and Meall Chuaich form a linear route on the eastern side of Drumochter Pass. Having a bike or other transport organised will save a long return route as the start and end points are around 11km apart.

Ascent : 1100m (3610ft)
Distance : 25km (16m)
Time : 8:10hr

2. Meall Chuaich from A9 hillwalking route »

Fine estate and hydro tracks are followed to a hidden bothy, from where a quick jog up and down bags Meall Chuaich, a fairly unassuming Munro.

Ascent : 650m (2130ft)
Distance : 14km (9m)
Time : 3:35hr

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Meall Chuaich from Carn na CaimMeall Chuaich from Carn na Caim
The track in by the aqueduct to Meall ChuaichThe track in by the aqueduct to Meall Chuaich
The bothy below Meall ChuaichThe bothy below Meall Chuaich
Meall Chuacih from above NewtonmoreMeall Chuacih from above Newtonmore
Walkers heading up Meall ChuacihWalkers heading up Meall Chuacih
Meall Chuaich's summit cairnMeall Chuaich's summit cairn


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