The second half of the Glen Lyon duo – [# 108]

Stuchd an Lochain (960m)

  • Pronunciation:              Stook an Lochan
  • Translation:                   Steep Conical Hill of the Lochan
  • Total distance:              9.18km
  • Total time:                    2hrs 47mins
  • Total ascent:                 709m
  • 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.

Giorra Dam - for the generation of hydro-electric power

Having climbed Meall Buidhe this morning then returning to the car for a bite to eat our next objective was to cross below the Giorra Dam to access the south side of the reservoir and the Munro beyond.

Below the buttress ramparts on the Giorra Dam

Lochan nan Cat with Stuc an Lochain above from the top of Sron Chona Choirein

We left the car for a second time today, passed the dam and continued along the track for a few hundred metres until a small path headed diagonally up the hillside towards Coire Bàn. Unlike the path on the north side of the reservoir which crossed many peat hags, the path on this side was altogether a lot steeper and a bit muddier.

It didn’t take us long to climb the steep path from the side of the reservoir to the top marked 887m on the map at which point we dropped to a broad col before climbing again to a subsidiary top at 927m. As we traversed across the col the wind really howled along as it was funnelled and concentrated by Coire an Duich to the east. A short but very pleasant high-level walk then quickly saw us to the summit of Stuchd an Lochain at 960m or 3,150ft.

Our descent was a simple retracing of our ascent route and we were back at the car in no time at all. Each of these Munros are relatively short and it is certainly worth tackling both of them on the same day to make it more rewarding.

Elaine at the summit Stuc 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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