Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh and Meall Greigh from Loch Tay

9.7 miles, 1448 metres of ascent
Estimated time: 5h45m
This is a fine ridge walk which takes in the highest mountain in the immeadiate area, Ben Lawers. This walk is best done as a linear walk, at the time of writing it is possible to leave cars in the Lawers hotel at 677395 provided you buy a drink there. Alternatively, it is possible to make your way back along the bottom-the distance is not too great.
Start from the NTS visitor centre, there is a clear path here that heads North-East through the neighbouring woods. After a kilometre or so, just before you get to the end of the woods, the path will turn to the right and start to head up to the ridge, this path takes you all the way to the summit of Beinn Ghlas (1h45m).
There is also a path that carries on up the valley if you want to just do Ben Lawers, this path carries on behind the back of Bein Ghlas and to the summit of Ben Lawers where you can return by the same route.
From Beinn Ghlas follow the ridge North-East along the obvious path down to the col and then back up to Ben Lawers (2h30m). If you're lucky enough to be up here on a clear day, the view from the Ben Lawers is well-worth seeing; there isn't really anything remotely close in terms of height for miles around!
Make sure you now follow the path directly North, the most obvious path takes you down to Loch Tay, in good visibility on a popular ridge it is easy to just follow the most obvious path sometimes! This path takes you over a subsidiary summit and then on to An Stuc (3h15m).
An Stuc was only relatively recently (1997) promoted to being a Munro, consequently it's paths are now considerably more eroded than they were before the 1997 re-classification. The primary route to get off An Stuc and continue round on the ridge takes you directly North-East. This follows what was once just a steep path, but it has now been eroded back to the bare rock in a lot of places, and is now very loose underfoot, care will be required. Alternatively it is possible to follow the ridge to the North and make your way round to the col at 641433. Either way continue up the other side to Meall Garbh (3h45m).
There is now quite a trek round to get to Meall Greigh and where as the main Ben Lawers ridge is quite narrow in most places, this ridge is open and broad, there is however an obvious path (4h30m).
There isn't really a path to get off Meall Greigh, but you need to drop down to Lawers Burn, the easiest way is to drop off by the most direct route and aim to pick the footpath up at 674420 or thereabouts. This takes you all the way down to the road, if you've left cars at the Lawers Hotel, it is now a short 5-minute walk along the road to get there.
If you've had to do this route as a circular walk, there is a track that takes you from the sheilings underneath Meall Greigh round the bottom of Ben Lawers, this isn't marked on the path as going all the way back to the visitor centre, there might be a path the rest of the way. If you are able to do this walk as a linear walk, it is also possible to go over Meall a' Choire Leith and Meall Corranaich as well first-start from the small carpark at the head of the reservoir at 594416. The drop in height from Meall Corranaich over to Beinn Ghlas is not that significant, there is a clear path down, but you will have to pick your own way back up Beinn Ghlas. This is however a demanding day.
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