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Meall a' Choire Leith


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.
926 m (3038 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.
261 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 grey corrie

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 a' Choire Leith is an uncomplicated mountain with a single ridge running N where it terminates in rocky buttress of Sron Eich. S of the summit a col between Coire Liath and Coire Gorm leads to Meal Corrranaich.

The slopes are moderate and ascents are possible from Glen Lyon on track by Allt a' Chobhair, or from the road to the SW near Meall nan Eun (635m) across boggy ground, but by far the most usual ascent is from Meall Corranaich.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall a' Choire Leith include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near 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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 Routes that include Meall a' Choire Leith
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1250 m 14.77 km 5.5 hrs Meall Corranaich and Meall a' Choire Leith  An easy day. The approach is on paths and once at altitude the terrain is short grass or stones.  

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Me chilling at the top of Meall a' Choire Leith 27-03-2012

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Me in the sunshine on Meall a' Choire Leith on 7/11/11. So warm and quiet I even had a wee sleep.

© Mike Reynolds

Image by Mike Reynolds

Me and my daughter, Amy, at the top of Meall a Choire Leith

© Robert Bruce

Image by Robert Bruce

Another cloudy view from Meall a' Choire Leith

© Richard Walker

Image by Richard Walker
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James Corrigan
wrote on
October 30, 2010
Missed this one a week previous when we stupidly went up Coire Odhair towards Meall Corranch without realising the big hump to our left was actually Meall a Choire Leith.We charged down hill from the Corbett Meall nam Maigheach across what can only be described as total wilderness.Across a fast flowing burn and terribly wet ground and on to the steep and relentless slopes of Meall a Choire Leith.There is nothing to behold this awful slog on grassy tussochs until you meet a well worn path about 3/4 the way up.The views all around were great though.Soon reached the very flat summit with a cairn sitting there plump in the middle.This one just makes it as a Munro and that is clear when you see Ben Lawers group towering well above it.Much easier coming down until we had to cross real saturated bog land.That was scary at times as you can get trapped in watery pools and bogs easily.Soon after our swim, it was back to the car park near Lochan na Lairige.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
October 12, 2009
I, my son Alan and brother Roddy bagged Meall Corranaich and Meall a’ Choire Leith on the 11th October 2009. The day started off dreary and miserable but it cleared up around lunchtime and we were rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. We were particularly impressed with the views of Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers and An Stuc on the way back. This is an excellent simple little route with gratifying views if you get the weather right.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
May 30, 2009
Climbed on 30/5/09. After climbing Meall Corranaich I headed over to Meall a' Choire Leith, keeping to the right as all the books advised, but not far right enough when I saw that the path was quite a bit away from where I was heading. Saw a few others behind me almost head down the wrong ridge too. Had a quick lunch at the summit and headed over to Meall nam Maigheach.
Malk Rae
wrote on
June 23, 2003
An easy day including, Meall Corranaich. A good way to bag 2 Munros without too much trouble.
Andrew Crawford
wrote on
November 29, 2002
Having started from the Ben Lawers NTS Visitor Centre car park NN608379, the return route from Meall a' Coire Leith is normally documented as a reversal of the outward one. However, the thought of a re-ascent of Meall Corranaich, followed by the steep descent off its southern side may be a daunting prospect for some. Instead, leave the summit of Meall a’ Coire Leith keeping to the east to regain the path back down to the col above Coire Liath from where several paths fan out towards Meall Corranaich. Then follow the uppermost – left - of these as it passes as close to the top of the crags as is safe to do so until reaching the 900m/2953 feet contour then pass through a very short section of the crags. Taking care to avoid a slip or fall, follow the gentle descent southwards across the east slope of the ridge, crossing near the head of a small stream - where the path becomes somewhat intermittent – to end on the 880m/2887 feet bealach at the head of Coire Odhar (GR: NN621408). It is pleasant stroll downhill on the old drove road from here back to the start.

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