I guess the Min Window example may have been a stalker’s hut, dating from the 19th C.? The Story of Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. Google Map There’s a interesting soft crust with a weak layer above it buried beneath a few centimetres of new slabby snow. Others missed a treat. We needed a swift bout of navigation to get off the summit plateau and then had an enjoyable walk back through The Window and down the Glen. This is the second Munro at 1053 metres. After five enjoyable pitches of climbing we topped out at about 2.30pm. The Window forms the bealach between Creag Meagaidh and Stob Poite Coire Ardair. Creag Meagaidh is the complete mountain experience and feels like the Highlands compressed into one reserve. NatureScot's Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve feels like the Highlands compressed into one nature reserve. The track up to Creag Meagaidh is clear and quite easily graded. Description. Ascent of Creag Meagaidh from 'the Window': After circa 150m of height gain, I was onto the flat plateau of Creag Meagaidh. The reserve covers 3,940 hectares, extending from the shores of Loch Laggan to the high summit plateau of Creag Meagaidh. Memorial stone and gate to the Clan Macpherson at Glentruim, near Newtonmore Invnerness-shsire. p. 15. Hidden gem: If you're looking for a quiet spot on the mountain, Lochan Uaine is worth seeking out. [6], The earliest historical records for Creag Meagaidh are from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when the area was farmed by tenants who grew crops on the lower slopes and grazed cattle on the higher ground during the summer. Looking through The Window. Scottish Avalanche Information Service is managed by sportscotland and sportscotland's privacy policy governs this website and the work of Scottish Avalanche Information Service.Please see the Privacy Policy at https://sportscotland.org.uk/generalprivacynotice for more information. Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain at the heart of a range of 5 Munro peaks in the Central Highlands also including Beinn Teallach, Beinn a'Chaorainn, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath. It was a full on blast of cold wind and spindrift at the Window and poor visibility. Upland dwellings/shelters are not unheard of in our area: the ruin of some sort of hut can be found tucked into the top of the Min Window (Uinneag Min Choire) 2kms west of Carn Liath summit. This approach gives a rather different aspect to the massif in excellent clear conditions, after watching it … Often mistaken for the summit of Creag Meagaidh by visitors. The approach to 'The Window' Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, Glen Spean. In 1784 Creag Meagaidh was restored to the Macpherson family. Creag Meagaidh circuit Circular hillwalking route on Creag Meagaidh, Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Ardair In the Central Highlands, Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain dominating the view northwards above Loch Laggan. The climb to the summit and back took only an hour and twenty minutes. All three peaks in the range may be climbed from Aberarder on the A86 road by initially following the path leading up Coire Ardair, before striking north to the summit of Càrn Liath. It appears to have quite a lot of gravelly infill which, I speculate, is unlikely to have appeared there by natural processes. Here at The Window there are still some remnants of a long since collapsed wall, too. The path uphill climbs quite close to the edge of the cliffs with a really good view down into the corrie. (Above) Creag Meagaidh’s Inner Coire and the slopes to ‘The Window’ looking fairly lean after an overnight thaw. [9], Over 150 species of invertebrates have been recorded on the summit plateau. To access the walk follow the Allt Dubh Trail (with a red otter logo) from the information boards for the reserve, from which it is signposted off. p. 16. 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Tags: sky, skye guides, skye ice, Skye Munros, skye winter, skye winter climbing Overall snow cover remains pretty modest at the time of reporting and is confined to favoured hollows and the top of some recent lee slopes. [4], The name Creag Meagaidh is also applied to refer to the neighbouring peaks of Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Càrn Liath which together may be termed the Creag Meagaidh range. (Above) The approach to Mad Meg’s cairn from above The Window. The rime on the nearest fence post is on the east-facing side and will have built up (into the wind) yesterday. However, the mound/cairn/ruin could also have been a remote shieling, an area of summer grazing sometimes with a very basic seasonally occupied dwelling. There has been only one sighting of the Scottish wildcat in recent years. Well that lasted until we got up to the locahan below the Post Face on Creag Meagaidh. The best approach is by Lochan a Choire and The Window which lies between Creag Meagaidh and Stob Poite Coire Ardair. Park at in car park Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve, clearly signposted off the A88, at Aberarder. The wind then hit us and it started snowing but it was wonderful to feel the cold again and feeling like winter. (Above) This line of old iron fence posts at high point of The Window marks a boundary between two estates, and is possibly even a continuation of the Moy Wall (demarcates the ancient boundary between Badenoch and Lochaber) which peters out a short distance from Creag Meagaidh’s summit. The construction of the Laggan Dam (completed 1934) as part of the Lochaber hydroelectric scheme led to a reduction in the amount of grazing land in the area, causing an increase in deer numbers at Creag Meagaidh. The Window on Creag Meagaidh. Over 120 species of lichen have also been recorded. 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