Drumochter Circuit

Summary for Drumochter Circuit

Drumochter Circuit is a route in “The Drumochter” region / range which is located in the The Drumochter Hills area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a route between two seperate points

Sunrise 8:10 am
Sunset 3:53 pm
7 hours 43 minutes(s) daylight
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Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A'Mharconaich & Geal-charn

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23 km/ 14.29 miles1050 m/ 3444.88 ft7 hours plus
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This route covers 4 munros is the northern corner of the area and with easy terrain and a starting point above 450 metres they can easily completed in a days outing. Navigation is quite straight forward except for a series of dog-leg movement between Sgairneach Mhor & Beinn Udlamain which is obvious on the OS map.

The obvious circuit winds over Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain & A'Mharconaich where a slight retracing of steps is required for the ascent of Geal charn. Great care is required crossing the stream when in spate as it can be dangerous.

Route points for Drumochter Circuit

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN632754252° WSW0.22 (0.22)Start near the summit of Drumochter at the entrance to Coire Dhomhain
NN63037539251° WSW0.5 (0.72)Cross the railway. Note permission is required from Network rail
NN625752255° WSW1.47 (2.19)Try to leave the track. However this will depend if in spate. You may need to go fruther up stream to cross
NN61117493188° S1.31 (3.5)Head up the heather bank to the west of the col between Sgairneach Mhor Point 758
NN6088736365° ENE0.11 (3.61)Continue upto summit on a good path
NN60987367232° SW0.91 (4.52)Turn south-west on good upto summit cairn
NN602731268° W0.4 (4.92)Continue to the summit then try to reach the col on the featureless summit.
NN598731257° WSW1.54 (6.46)The summit Sgairneach Mhor - 991 ( metres)
NN58337285338° NNW1.16 (7.62)From this col follow fence posts onto summit of Beinn Udamain and beyond
NN57973931° NNE0.76 (8.38)The summit Beinn Udlamain - 1011 ( metres)
NN5837745848° NE1.05 (9.43)Turn right to avoid steep slope then down to a narrow col
NN5918752549° NE1.6 (11.03)From this col continue up the south ridge onto the summit and then retrace your steps back to NN59937586
NN604762231° SW0.64 (11.67)The summit A'Mharconaich - 975 ( metres)
NN59937586305° NW0.68 (12.35)Head down grassy slopes
NN59397627337° NNW0.37 (12.72)Avoid small crags at the bottom of the slope on left
NN59267662354° N1.07 (13.79)From the col it's a straightforward climb up the southern slopes
NN5920776936° NE0.71 (14.5)Continue onto summit of Geal Charn
NN59678269° ENE0.95 (15.45)The summit Geal charn (Drumochter Pass) - 917 ( metres)
NN60578552° NE1.22 (16.67)Head down north eastern spur
NN61579293° E1.2 (17.87)Continue down to Balsporran Cottages
NN627791195° SSW0.97 (18.84)Balsporran Cottages / Bike useful to get back
Munros covered on Drumochter Circuit
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
119 1011 Beinn Udlamain Gloomy hill Bine Ootlermern
155 991 Sgairneach Mhor Big scree Skarnyoch Voar
179 975 A'Mharconaich Place of the horse Uh Varkerneach
278 917 Geal charn (Drumochter Pass) Ancient Peak Geeya Charn