Meall nan Tarmachan and the Tarmachan Ridge

Summary for Meall nan Tarmachan and the Tarmachan Ridge

Meall nan Tarmachan and the Tarmachan Ridge is a route in “The Ben Lawers” region / range which is located in the Loch Tay to Loch Rannoch area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a circular route

Sunrise 5:17 am
Sunset 9:29 pm
16 hours 12 minutes(s) daylight
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8 km/ 4.97 miles890 m/ 2919.95 ft5 hours +
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Meall nan Tarmachan is one of the easiest munros to reach due to a high level start point, but it is really just the start of a rocky ridge traverse of Tarmachan Ridge which is one of the most interesting in the Southern Highlands. The route only contains a single munro but also contains numerous tops with some impressive craggy faces.

Start from from a rough track that branches off the road to Glen Lyon approx half a mile north west from the National trust Visitor Centre where a disused quarry track branches from the road leading to Glen Lyon. From here a path leads up the grassy slopes to reach the southern end of  Meall nan Tarmachan's ridge which then is traversed taking in all of the 4 hills. To descend you need to retrace your steps to a bealach between Beinn nan Eachan and Creag na Caillich where a cairn marks the way down. Head down quite steeply to the disused quarry track which takes you back to the start of the traverse.

On a good clear day expect extensive views

Route points for Meall nan Tarmachan and the Tarmachan Ridge

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN60333827213° SSW0.29 (0.29)Start from the estate track
NN60183796241° WSW0.44 (0.73)The path forks on the right
NN59793776263° W0.76 (1.49)Climb upto the south top marked 923
NN58843849340° NNW0.13 (1.62)Meall nan Tarmachan - South-east Top
NN58803862308° NW0.3 (1.92)Continue along the ridge on a clear path onto the only munro
NN58433898229° SW0.43 (2.35)The summit Meall nan Tarmachan - 1044 ( metres)
NN58093872214° SW0.37 (2.72)Pass a tiny unnamed lochan
NN57873843226° SW0.16 (2.88)Continue along the ridge
NN57753832276° W0.3 (3.18)Meall nan Tarmachan - Meall Garbh
NN57153854227° SW0.28 (3.46)Continue along the ridge
NN56943835270° W0.19 (3.65)Meall nan Tarmachan - Beinn nan Eachan
NN56473808256° WSW0.14 (3.79)Descend to col which involve small scramble
NN56183786173° S0.18 (3.97)Continue along the ridge onto last summit of the day
NN56203768353° N0.18 (4.15)Meall nan Tarmachan - Creag na Caillich
NN5633380576° ENE0.14 (4.29)Descend to bealach between Beinn nan Eachan and Creag na Caillich
NN56473808135° SE1.08 (5.37)Continue descending steeply to join a track
NN57213729108° ESE0.31 (5.68)Head back along disused quarry track
NN5991372318° NNE0.77 (6.45)Continue along track which leads back to start of route
NN60333827174° S0 (6.45)Finish
Munros covered on Meall nan Tarmachan and the Tarmachan Ridge
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
89 1044 Meall nan Tarmachan Hill of the ptarmigan Miaowl nun Tarmachan