Creag Meagaidh is majestic and a genuine east meets west mountain. It has sweeping ridges, a wild plateau and the spectacular Coire Ardair. The Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve is a complete mountain experience. Native woodland regeneration on its lower slopes provides a wonderful natural habitat and is beautiful to walk through.
We will set off from the visitors car park for the Nature Reserve at Aberarder. There is a good footpath to start us off and up through the birch woods on the lower slopes. A steep pull and we are soon rolling along the excellent path into Coire Ardair. The views get better and better as we continue up towards Lochan Coire Ardair. Spectacular cliffs behind lead the eye to the plateau of Creag Meagaidh. A path helps us reach the window as broad gully that climbs steeply up to the natural break in the cliffs. It is a hard climb and care is needed as we cross boulders to gain the glacial meltwater breach. Our route takes another steep climb up onto the plateau and easier walking past “Mad Megs cairn” before reaching the true summit. Its central position gives it superb views.
We return to the window and climb up onto Stob Poite Coire Ardair. This is an easier climb and takes us onto a sweeping ridge walk towards Carn Liath. The walking is wonderful and the dramatic views into Coire Ardair steal the show. A short steep notch known as the little window leads to a much broader ridge. It is an easy climb up to Carn Liath and our last Munro of the walk. The descent is fairly steep as we weave through some boulder fields to pick up a boggy path taking us into the woods. A little bit overgrown in places as we descend back to the path we started on. We will soon be back at the car park after a classic mountain day.
Distance: 22km Ascent: 1200m Time: 8-10hrs