1044 m. |
Translation: Hill of the ptarmigan
Pronuncation: myowl nan tar-mach-an
Arriving at the foot of the mountain at about 2 pm we took a look at the south ridge of Meall nan Tarmachan the first hill of the 2005 hillwalking holiday. It was a windy day and we were eager to get going and hike along the Tarmachan Ridge. We shouldered our rucksacks and started the walk using the landrover track. After about three minutes we branched off to the right and proceeded along a path leading to the south ridge. Once on the ridge we felt how strong the wind really was. Walking became difficult when gusts of gale-force wind swept across the ridge. After a while we reached the highest point in the south ridge after which a short descent led to a very windy bealach. From there a steep pull up a path through craggy ground delivered us on another level section of path directly below the summit. It took us another five minutes to get to the cairn. The first Munro in 2005! Unfortunately the wind kept on coming very strongly from the west and the visibility was very limited with only the occasional view of the beautiful east-west ridge of the Tarmachans appearing out of the clouds. Continuing the walk along the main ridge not being real fun in such conditions we decided to call it a day. On the descent we met a group of about 15 English hikers who were also headed for the summit. At about tea-time we got back to our car – much earlier than intended. A good and relaxed start to the 2005 hill-walking holiday.
Description The Tarmachan Hills, as they are commonly called, are among the best-known peaks of the southern highlands, and the knobbly outline of their summits seen from the River Dochart at Killin is a very familiar mountain landscape. They are situated about 5 kilometres north of Killin and only the highest one, Meall nan Tarmachan, is a Munro, the others being Tops. The southern front of the group overlooking Loch Tay has a discontinuous line of crags and corries along its whole length.The ascent starts from the narrow road between Loch Tay and Glen Lyon about 1 kilometre south of the Lochan na Lairige dam. Follow a track south-west for about 1