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Meall nan Aighean


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
981 m (3218 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
169 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill of the hinds

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Meall nan Aighean is a broad mountain with twin summits, the NE top being 7m higher. It has three ridges, a W ridge with gentle slopes down to Inverar, a broad craggy S ridge and a long E ridge leading to Beinn Dearg, overlooking Fortingall.

To the S and W, the terrain is generally easy to moderate grass slopes with scattered rock outcrops, but the E ridge is steep and craggy on its N flank overlooking the higher reaches of Gleann Muilinn and on its S flank (Creag Mhor), and should be avoided.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall nan Aighean include
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Meall nan Aighean.

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 Routes that include Meall nan Aighean
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1485 m 17.43 km 6.5 hrs Carn Mairg, Carn Gorm, Meall nan Aighean and Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon]  Relatively long route, but once at altitude the going is easy on short grass.  

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Meall nan Aighean, the final summit of the day.

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Top of Meall nan Aighean 05.04.12.

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith

Meall nan Aighean summit looking towards Loch Tay

© Carl Rokas

Image by Carl Rokas

Meall nan Aighean 12.8.10

© iain watson

Image by iain watson
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Gordon Hook on 21 Jul 2019
Stephen Maddocks on 18 Jun 2019
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Sc Joss
wrote on
October 8, 2010
This hill area is now covered by Chesthill estates. http://www.chesthill.com/ This used to be a sheep area so stalking was not a huge issue. however, we got sent off the hill by keeper the other day- our bad we didn't check because it didn't used to be a stalking area. The estate is too small for them to say they are stalking in a specific area as they cover the whole estate in one day, so they request you always do the group of 4 in a clockwise direction. (We only needed the last one). There is no mobile reception in this area, so you won't be able to phone when you get there. check first!
Leon Mooney
wrote on
June 20, 2010
Climbed on 19/6/10. The final summit of a gloriously sunny day. Seemed to reach the top of this one a lot quicker than I had expected - fairly good paths again with the summit being the rock-topped one. After going over to the lower top I dropped down to the west ridge. This descent seemed to me to take ages - watch for the paths crossing near Roinn na Creige - go straight ahead no matter how tempting the vehicle tracks look (they lead away up Glen Lyon). A tiring day, but a fine circular route with four Munros to boot!
Grant Robertson
wrote on
March 8, 2002
Q. This seems formerly to have been known as Creag Mhor, which confused me considerably. A. Yes, previous maps were wrong, Greag Mhor lies 2Km ESE. Munromagic

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