Cruach Ardrain & Beinn Tulaichean


Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

Cruach Ardrain is often seen by motorists on their way down the A82 from Tyndrum. It sits just above Crianlarich, and can be conveniently climbed from the village itself (making it particularly accessible for those coming to Crianlarich by bus or train) or from just a little down the A82.

Taking the latter as the starting point, a path leads up beside the River Falloch to a bridge which heads across the river. A path then heads up to Grey Height, and then heads on up the north-west ridge, over Meall Dhamh, to the summit of Cruach Ardrain at 1046 metres.

A path then runs along the south-eastern ridge of Cruach Ardrain towards Beinn Tulaichean, whose summit is at 946 metres. To return from Beinn Tulaichean to your starting point, retrace your steps.

Safety first

These mountains may not have the height of Alpine peaks, but you should not underestimate them or the very changeable weather they are subjected to.  It is not unheard of to have warm sunshine, rain, snow and fog all on the same day – even in the Summer!

You must be prepared for the terrain and for these weather changes.  You should only climb in sturdy hiking or climbing boots, and you must take waterproofs and emergency supplies.  Also take plenty of food and water – it is generally safe to drink from mountain streams, which are usually very clean, but you do so at your own risk.  A map, compass, and proficiency in their use, are a necessity.

Always check the mountain weather forecast before you head into the hills, and if it is winter or there has  been any snow falling or forecast, you should also check the avalanche forecast.  The area is served by an excellent mountain rescue team, but it is your responsibility to ensure you minimise the chances of an emergency which endangers their lives too.

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