The first half of the Glen Lyon duo – [# 107]

Meall Buidhe (932m)

  • Pronunciation:              Miaowl Vooyer
  • Translation:                   Yellow Hill
  • Total distance:              8.89km
  • Total time:                    2hrs 23mins
  • Total ascent:                 548m
  • Weather:                       Bright with hazy sunshine. Strong, cool wind over the ridges and summits.
  • Start / end location:   By the roadside near the Giorra Dam at the head of Loch an Daimh on the unclassified road along Glen Lyon [OS Map Sheet 51 – Grid Ref: NN 513 464]
  • Map:                              A map of route can be found here – it may take a few moments to load into a separate window. The map displays on most browsers, but not unfortunately Internet Explorer.

The Giorra Dam from the start of the walk up Meall Buidhe

We wild camped last night near the village of Killin so that we could get an early start to tackle the two Munros on either side of the Loch an Daimh reservoir high up Glen Lyon. From Killin the easiest way for us to reach the starting point of the walk was to drive passed the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve to reach the middle of Glen Lyon where we then turned left (west) and followed the unclassified road to reach the Giorra Dam. Just short of the dam we parked up at the side of the road and set off on our first Munro of the day: Meall Buidhe to the north of the reservoir.

On the summit of Meall Buidhe looking towards Meall a' Phuill

Our route followed a land-rover track north for a few hundred metres until it reached a fork at which point we continued north onto the open hillside. We followed an indistinct path through the peat hags that curved slightly to the NW until it reached the top of Meall a’ Phuill. From here it was a simple high-level walk first to the west and then to the north to reach the summit of Meall Buidhe at 932m or 3,058ft.

Our descent was to more or less retrace our steps right back down to the car where we had a quick bite to eat before embarking on our second Munro of the day: Stuchd an Lochain.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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