CLACH LEATHAD

                                         Lochan na h-Achlaise © John Ferdy

THE STORY

This high point only lost prominence on metric mapping, the review of 1981 demoting it to a Top. Precedence was given to Creise at the opposite end of the long ridge between Glen Etive and the Black Mount. The summit can be easily attained on a round by continuing along the ridge from Creise to reach Clach Leathad, then retrace your steps a short way and rejoin the usual walking route by turning right over the bealach to reach Meall a' Bhuiridh. The hill-portrait used here is superb, taken across Lochan na h-Achlaise; you see Mam Coire an Easain in front, Clach Leathad rising high above on the left side and then Meall a' Bhuiridh on the right.


THE DETAILS

Mountain name, how to say it, what it means   |   its height   |   Mountain region; closest town(s) [may be some distance away tho!]   |   the view-points

background image © Google Earth

THE VIEW-POINTS

  1. Lochan na h-Achlaise: the A82 has a few lay-by parking areas, this one provides an excellent view of the hill across the water
  2. Bà Bridge: this vantage point is on the West Highland Way and could provide an excellent foreground frame
  3. Sròn nan Giubhas: a high view-point across the broad corrie delivers a full-width view of the hill's mound
  4. Aonach Mòr: walk out along the ridge above Coire Ghiubhasan for a superb end-on view up Coire Odhar
  5. Creise: from the usurper - a nice view peeking over the bealach


THE LOCALE

At the gateway to Glen Coe, these hills sit on the west edge of Rannoch Moor in an area that could be mistaken for Finland with its thousand lakes. The ski resort provides added interest in winter, when you can shoot action and landscapes at the same time. The West Highland Way cuts a swathe through the area on General Wade's road. At the end of the walk, recuperate at the Kingshouse Hotel while the sun descends, this vantage point could deliver an outstanding sunset portrait.

ALONG THE WAY:

Lochan na h-Achlaise  |  Bà Bridge |  River Bà  |  Loch an Easain  |  Coire Odhar |  Clach Leathad  |  Meall a' Bhùiridh  |  Ski tows  |  Kingshouse Hotel

NEAREST BOTHY:

Gorton   |   Loch Chiarain

Usually walked with:

m045 Meall a' Bhùiridh   |   m050 Creise


PLANNING

These links lead to the variety of walks, weather and maps to aid in planning your adventure to portray this hill.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR THIS MUNRO:

McNeish "The Munros" 1999 p.57  |  SMC Hillwalkers 2013 p.56  |  Walkhighlands "The Munros" 2019 p.98  |  Bothy Bible 2017 p.219 + p.153


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