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Meal a' Bhuachaille circuit, Glenmore

By Julian Paren

This GeoTrip is a walk of a published route on the WalkHighland website and the paragraph that follows is from there.

[i]Meall a' Bhuachaille is a great choice for a first hill walk in the Cairngorms, being easily accessible and having the benefit of great paths to the summit as well as superb views. Here is a chance to experience the beauty and wildness of the Cairngorms without the length and remoteness of some of the Munro walks. The walk described offers great variety, with ancient Caledonian pines, lochs, forests and a windswept ridge; it can easily be extended to a full days hill walk by continuing over Creagan Gorm to Craigowrie.

Good paths and tracks throughout.[/i]

Having read the descriptions to images already published on Geograph, I realise that the hill path to the summit was one of the first in Scotland to be eroded extensively, and it became one of the first to be restructured by experts in path maintenance. The path has survived well, but there has been inevitable further erosion, and evidence of people cutting corners, taking a more direct line that the easier gradient zig-zag path that was constructed.
This leisurely walk was accomplished in perfect weather in 5 hours for the 9.9 km path. The ridge was not windswept and there were no insects to detract in the woodland section. However the Glenmore Visitor Centre where the walk starts and ends was closed presumably due to Covid, and the cafe and toilets closed early at 4 pm.

There were people everywhere and cyclists enjoying the way-marked cycle paths. There were about a dozen folk on the summit of Meall a Bhuachaille while we sat there enjoying the experience.

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You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .

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