Winter on Meall nan Tarmachan

Meall nan Tarmachan Ridge

Routes up the Munro Tops on the Ptarmigan Ridge above Loch Tay

To the west of the Ben Lawers range of Munros, the Tarmachan Ridge dominates the skyline with its intimidating crags, peaks and long ridges.

Meall nan Tarmachan summit on its own is one of the easiest munros.

Main route summary

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Starting at a height of over 450m and with fine tracks at lower levels and worn paths on the crests above, the route to the summit couldn't be more obvious. Beyond the summit, things get slightly more tricky and you'll need to keep your wits about you if the mist suddenly comes down !

The terrain is very 'runnable', so much so, that every year there is a Hill Race held (see 'Alternative routes' below) !

Munros Meall nan Tarmachan (1044m, Munro 89)
Ascent 900m (2,950ft)
Distance   12.5km (8m)
Time walking : 4:40hr*
running : 2:10hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Below Lochan na Lairige Dam
(grid ref : NN604383)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Meanings  Meall nan Tarmachan : 'hill of the ptarmigan'
Meall Garbh : 'rough hill'
Beinn nan Eachan : 'hill of the small horse'
Creag na Caillich : 'crag of the old woman'

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