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Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in Stirlingshire, Scotland, about 13.60km (8.45 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 891m (2923ft)
Descent 865m (2837ft)
Max. Elevation 1020m (3346ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1756m (5760ft)
Start & End
Distance 13.60km
Duration ~6:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 12 Aug 2008
Crianlarich may be a small village, but the name alone gives goosebumps to anyone who loves walking in Scotland's mountains. From here, a whole host of fantastic routes can be reached, including Cruach Ardrain and Beinn Tulaichean, two of the seven Munros found nearby. Crianlarich is on the trainline that connects Glasgow with Fort William and Oban, or can also be reached by bus from many Scottish cities. There is also a youth hostel: www.crianlarichyouthhostel.org.uk

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid NN386252
From the village, head south past the station along the A82. After about 600m, you will see a bridge over the railway line. Follow the footpath into the forest and uphill.
OS Grid NN394226
The path continues through the thick forest for about 2km, before emerging onto Grey Height, the start of the ridge leading up to the summits. Head along the ridge towards Meall Dhamh.
About 2.62 km (~1.63 miles) from
OS Grid NN408212
The ridge rises steeply from Meall Dhamh up to the summit of Cruach Ardrain - note that the highest point (1046m) is actually just past the two small cairns (important for Munro baggers!)
About 1.98 km (~1.23 miles) from
OS Grid NN419193
The second summit of Beinn Tulaichean (946m) is an easy walk from here. Head back to the cairns and follow the ridge heading southeast.
About 2.30 km (~1.43 miles) from
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The easiest route back to Crianlarich is the same way you came in. To avoid heading back over Cruach Ardrain, head for the gully between the peak and Stob Glas, just southwest. From here you can rejoin the summit path back to Grey Height.
About 1.75 km (~1.09 miles) from
OS Grid NN387249
Back in Crianlarich, you can relax with a well-earned pint in one of the village's two pubs, the Rod and Reel or the Ben More. Why not plan the next day's route - there's plenty of options to choose from!
About 4.74 km (~2.95 miles) from

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03 Oct 2023
Wrong Information

I tried to do this walk at the weekend. The directions did not match up to the map. there is no bridge over the train tracks and the trail up through the forest has been destroyed and planted over by the forestry operations.

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