Meall nan Tarmachan (1044 m/3425 ft), August 2009



NTS car park - Beinn Ghlas in the background.
Image: Adjusting kit in the NTS car park
Copyright © 2009, Krystian.

Setting off - on the road, walking N from the car park.
Image: Walking N on road from car park (photo 1)

Looking towards our destination from the road.
Image: Meall nan Tarmachan from tyhe road

Crossing a bridge at the start of the Estate track. The lower slopes of Meall nan Tarmachan leading to the ridge are ahead.
Image: Bridge at start of Estate track

The start of the ascent after turning right off the Estate track.
Image: Start of ascent

Meall nan Tarmachan viewed from the start of the ascent.
Image: Meall nan Tarmachan

A little higher up on the approach to the South ridge (skyline).
Image: Approaching S ridge

The path skirts round an exposed rock.
Image: Skirting round a rock

Gaining height: view back down shortly before gaining the ridge.
Image: Looking back on track for the ridge

View forward shortly before gaining the ridge.
Image: View forward on track for the ridge

On the South ridge. The path ahead goes up and over the top of the first 'bump' (right of centre). Meall nan Tarmachan is to the left.
Image: On the North ridge

Approaching bump.
Image: A bump ahead

Looking towards the summit slopes and the steep path through the crags (clearer in lower photo's centre) after crossing the minor top.
Image: Summit slopes
Image: Route through crags

Meall nan Tarmachan's summit (skyline, centre of photo).
Image: summit from col

Start of the stone steps on the summit slope.
Image: Summit slope stone steps

On the summit.
Image: Summit photo 1
Image: Summit photo 2

A view South from the summit across the minor top and towards Loch Tay.
Image: A view South from the summit

View SW along the start of the Tarmachan ridge walk towards the sharp top of Meall Garbh (1026 m).
Image: Meall Garbh on the Tarmachan ridge path

View West taking in Beinn nan Eachan.
Image: Tarmachan ridge from Meall nan Tarmachan
Copyright © 2009, Bill.

Most of the party continued on to do the 'classic' Tarmachan ridge walk but, having walked Schiehallion just a few days before, I'd pretty much decided before the walk that the summit of Meall nan Tarmachan would be where I'd stop for the day. Having 'felt' the incline in my legs during the steep, stone-stepped gully ascent through the crags on Meall nan Tarmachan's summit slopes (some guides write about this section of the walk "requiring concentration", or words to that effect - the stones are awkwardly angled and too small for adult sized boots to completely fit on, in places - or is that part of the fun?), I turned round at the lochan (thankfully accompanied by John), headed back for the Munro summit and walked off the way we had ascended. John and I did, however, get to see the rest of the party traversing along the ridge after Meall Garbh's peak heading for the 'bad step' and Beinn nan Eachan. I must get some photos of the 'bad step' and the route by which it can be avoided on a future visit.
Image: Walkers on Tarmachan ridge just after Meall Garbh

Coming off.
Image: Coming off photo 1
Image: Coming off photo 2


Notes: Up and back down in about 4 hrs with about 30 mins non-walking time. Good weather (just a bit windy in places) and great views. The only section that 'hurt' (and it did) was ascending the gully for Meall nan Tarmachan.


A few photos of part of the ridge walk which I didn't do on this occasion:

The summit of Meall Garbh (Copyright © 2009, Krystian)
Image: Meall Garbh' summit

On the ridge after crossing Meall Garbh (Copyright © 2009, Bill).
Image: Meall Garbh' summit