Stob Coir’an Albannaich & Meall nan Eun

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Heading up the Allt Meirleach with Ben Starav on our right
A small but determined group headed out to Glen Etive on Sunday 23rd October to tackle the Munros of Stob Coir’an Albannaich & Meall nan Eun.
Stob Coir’an Albannaich standing at 1044m towers over its smaller neighbour of Meall nan Eun, topping out at a more manageable 928m. However, taken together the traverse of both hills made for a challenging circuit totalling over 18km in distance with a height gain of 1398m.
Starting out by crossing the bridge over the picturesque River Etive, and after negotiating some extremely boggy terrain, the group followed the Allt Meirleach up the valley, with Ben Startav on our right hand side and Glas Bheinn Mhor directly ahead.
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Ben Starav

The boggy terrain interchanged with tough tussocky ground which made for hard going. However, the gorges and tumbling waters of the Allt Meirleach, the imposing hills and autumnal colours offered some distraction.
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Robbers Waterfall

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Smaller waterfalls on route

We continued our slog up the relentless slope aiming for the bealach between Stob Coir’an Albannaich and Glas Bheinn Mhor.
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Looking back towards Glen Etive

Reaching the bealach, we took on some well earned refreshment as we readied ourselves for the push on to the ridge of Stob Coir’an Albannaich.
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Looking towards Glass Bheinn Mhor

Once the ridgeline was reached, the summit of Stob Coir’an Albannaich was now on our right, with a short trudge through more tussocky terrain which soon gave way to sharp and steep corries with the summit reached after 3hrs 40 mins.
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View from Stob Coir’an Albannaichs northern corrie towards Glencoe

After the obligatory pose for pictures we continued, descending the East Ridge to find our departure point into the bealach separating Stob Coir’an Albannaich and Beinn Tarsuinn.
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Looking back to Stob Coir’ an Albannaich summit

Ascending the slabby slopes of Beinn Tarsuinn, we descended into a second bealach and attained the ridge leading to the large and underwhelming summit of Meall na Eun after 5hrs 29mins.

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View from Beinn Tarsuinn

What the summit lacks in character, its position makes the trip worthwhile with fine views of the Bridge of Orchy hills, the Buachilles, Bidean nam Bian the Aonach Eagach and beyond.
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Summit of Meall na Eun looking to Glencoe

After some more photographs, we retraced our steps to find the ridge descending into Coire Riabhach. The descent was steep and brought us back into the boggy terrain we’d left earlier.
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Looking back to Meall na Eun

We reached the bridge over the River Etive that we’d crossed at the beginning of the day after a total of 8hrs 06mins, then tired but happy, got ready for the drive home to Glasgow.
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