Now that I’m back working full time and the cold, dreich weather is coming to stay, I need to pick and choose my days out on the hills. The forecast changed so many times for this one, I didn’t know what to expect and well… I got a bit of everything! It started off as a cold yet bright day but by the time I reached the summit, it was windy, drizzling with rain and the clouds reduced my visibility. On the way back down though, it was brightening up again with the odd drop of rain. Just goes to show you need to be careful on the hills, the conditions can change that quick. I did manage to get a wee bit of the view before the clouds descended, I can imagine on a clear day that they are spectacular. This will be quite a short post, the Munro itself is relatively straightforward and doesn’t take too long. Anyway, here’s what to expect…
Category – Munro
Height – 932 metres (3,058 ft)
Location – Giorra Dam, near Glen Lyon
Difficulty Rating – 3/10
Approximate Timing – 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Pronunciation – Myowl Boo-ee
Meall Buidhe (yellow hill) can be found to the North of Loch Tay. You should be able to put ‘Loch Giorra’ in to a sat nav. If you don’t have one, it’s the same starting point as my last Munro, Stuchd an Lochain. Follow the A85 up towards Crainlarich and take the A827 cut off and drive through Killin and past the Falls of Dochart. Not far along the road, you’ll pass Morenish and about 2 minutes after that you’ll see the sign for the Lawers Reserve. Follow the road to the left. It’ll take you up into the hills. On one side of the road you’ll see Meall Nan Tarmachan, on the other, Beinn Ghlas & Ben Lawers. Keep going past them, and past where you would park for Meall Corranaich & Meall a’Choire Leith. Follow the road until you reach a T junction after a narrow stone bridge. Take the left and continue along that road until you see a sign that reads Lochs Estate. Take that right and head uphill, go through a wee gate and you’ll eventually see the Dam ahead of you. Park up just before it at the sign.
From the parking area, follow the track by the map/ sign and head uphill. The track bears left before levelling off as it runs along the side of the reservoir. After about 0.6km, there’s a faint path that leads up to the ridge. It is quite eroded but if you keep an eye out, you should notice it leading directly uphill. As you’re following it, you’ll notice it’s quite wet and boggy, especially after rainfall. I’ll not lie, sometimes the path is hard to follow due to how eroded and wet it is. Stick to the easy slope and what looks like where people have trodden before and you’ll be fine.
You’ll reach the South Summit at 917 metres which gives you a lovely view of the broad ridge leading to the true summit and cairn. Continue following the path along the ridge in a North-West direction and you’ll eventually reach the summit of Meall Buidhe, marked by a fairly large cairn. From what I saw from the breaks in the clouds, you would get a superb view over Loch Rannoch, Loch Laidon and Rannoch Moor on a clear day.
The descent is exactly the same way as you came up. As you get back to the South summit, you’ll get a superb view over to the corrie of Stuchd an Lochain. When descending from the ridge, try retrace your steps through the boggy sections as best you can. I ended up losing my way but managed to re-join the path a wee bit further down. As long as you’re sensible and careful, the descent shouldn’t be difficult, even if you do lose the path. Just try keep in mind what you were looking at on the way up and try get back to that area. Once you get back to the track at the reservoir, you’re just a short distance back to the parking area. Told you it would be short.
Such a quick Munro, I wish I had just done it at the same time as Stuchd an Lochain. It would have made life a lot simpler and let me do one in a different area. As they both have the same starting point, it makes sense. They are both quick and relatively simple Munros but that doesn’t take away the stunning view you get from each summit. I wouldn’t say Meall Buidhe is an exciting hike, it’s similar to Meall Ghaordaidh. Both are a bit of a slog with quite a bit of bog after rainfall. However, it’s another Munro in the bag and now looking on to do the other 4 Rannoch & Glen Lyon Munros!
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