Hiking The Loch Lochy Munros: Meall na Teanga and Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh
Meall na Teanga and Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh are often referred to as the ‘Loch Lochy munros’ mainly due to them being located directly opposite the loch itself.
This is a long, but relatively easy, hike where views are excellent on a clear day.
The route itself is very much like a T shape. The trail to the starting point being the long part and the short part is going up and down the 2 munros.
Either munro can be climbed first, it makes absolutely no difference in terms of distance. The hike up Meall na Teanga is slightly longer so maybe it’s a bit easier to get this one out the way first but there’s hardly anything in it.
- Meall na Teanga – 918 metres (3012 ft) – pronounced MYALL-NA-CHINGA
- Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh – 937 metres (3074 ft) – pronounced STRON-HORY-GIRIV
My article on the mountains in Scotland which will give you a detailed overview of what a munro is and the various other classifications of ‘mountain’ in the country. This will be especially useful if you’re not from Scotland or the UK, or simply are not familiar with the different classifications of ‘mountain’ in Scotland.
These are 2 of the easier munros to access. The starting point is Kilfinnan Farm which is just off the A82, 9 miles south of Fort Augustus.
If you’re coming from the Fort Augustus direction then, after the long corner with a turn off to Invergarry village, you’ll pass Invergarry castle on your left. Take the first right about a mile past the castle onto a single track road.
Follow this single track road for about another 2 miles until you reach Kilfinnan Farm. There’s a grassy lay by here where you can leave your car.
If you’re coming from the south then follow the A82 after Spean Bridge for 13.5 miles (21.7 km, approx 20 minutes) and take the turning to Kilfinnan Farm which will be on your left.
Check out the map at the bottom of this post for the exact starting point.
I was contemplating calling this a moderately difficult hike mainly due to the distance you have to cover until you actually get to the munros. This distance, however, is mostly through forest and clearly marked tracks.
This forestry track is actually a section of the Great Glen Way which you’ll follow until turning off to your right towards the munros.
The munros themselves are relatively easy. The peak of Meall na Teanga has a few steep sections on the ascent but nothing to cause too many problems.
Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh is a less exciting hike with the slopes being much of the same.
There are several munros which are a lot more difficult than these ones.
Duration & Length
Duration: 5 – 8 hours
Length: 11.8 miles (19 km)
If you’re a brisk walker and take short breaks then I would say that 5 – 6 hours is more than a realistic time to aim for.
If you’re an inexperienced hiker and prefer to take your time with longer breaks, then aim for 6 – 8 hours.
Where To Stay
Undoubtedly the best and most attractive option is Fort Augustus. A charming, small town on the southern shores of Loch Ness. Here you’ll find an array of hotels, guest houses, B&B’s and campsites.
If you’re planning on sticking around and doing some more hiking, Fort William is also a convenient location. About 22 miles (approx 30 minutes) south of the Loch Lochy munros, Fort William is also in very close proximity to the Nevis Range which is home to the highest mountains in the UK.
If you are only wanting to hike the Loch Lochy munros then the most nearby and convenient accommodation would be the Great Glen Lodges which is right at the beginning of the hike.
The Loch Lochy Munros Hike
Starting off at the aforementioned Kilfinnan farm, continue walking along this single track road until you get to a gate.
Go through the gate and shortly after, take a right onto a forestry track with pines on either side. Carry on along this path for about 20 – 30 minutes.
Eventually, you’ll get to a smaller path connecting from the right and heading sharply upwards. Take this path up and into the open.
The higher you climb, the better the views get of Loch Lochy behind and the 2 munros ahead.
Follow the clear path for about 2 miles. Unless it’s winter, you should notice the roaring river down to your left.
Eventually, you’ll get to the turning point in your ‘T-junction’. Two paths rising up steeply to your left and right are both heading up to Meall na Teanga and Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh, respectively.
Here you can take your pick. For each munro you’ll need to head up to the summit and back down to the same point before tackling the second one.
I chose Meall na Teanga, the one to the left, first just to get the slightly longer munro out the way first.
Meall na Teanga
Follow the clearly marked path up the hill and around to the right. It’s best to stick to the right as you make your way up. This way you avoid the false summit of Meall Dubh which, on a foggy day, could be mistaken for the munro’s summit.
Follow the path around to the right which will eventually join up with the main ridge.
Unless you’re hiking in snowy conditions, which I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re experienced or very familiar with the area, then you really can’t go wrong here.
Simply follow the path up and around to the main summit cairn. Weather permitting, you’ll be able to enjoy great views of Loch Lochy down to your left as you climb.
If Meall na Teanga were only 4 metres smaller it wouldn’t be classed as a munro. See here for more information on the classifications of Scotland’s mountains.
On a clear day, you’ll get fantastic views of Ben Nevis, and over to Knoydart which is one of the most isolated locations in the country.
Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh
To the east, or right-hand side, of the ‘T-junction’ at the end of the path sits Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh.
The slopes are slightly steeper than those of Meall na Teanga but the hike itself is shorter and, in my opinion, a bit more boring.
The path is excellently marked and it zigzags its way up the mountain’s southern slopes. When the zigzagging path comes to an end it’s a simple case of following the long, grassy ridge all the way up to the cairn.
Again, you can (weather permitting) enjoy some great views over to Knoydart in the west and if you look to the north-east or the south-west then you should be able to follow the length of the Great Glen.
The descent is self-explanatory regardless of which route you decide to take.
Make your way back to the meeting point at the foot of the 2 munros and head back through the valley and down to the forestry track.
Most keen munro hikers will know that the descent tends to have some of the most rugged terrain. You’re in for a treat here because you are following the same marked path all the way back to the forestry track.
Undoubtedly 2 of the easier munros, Meall na Teanga and Sron a’ Choire Ghairbh offer a pleasant hike with some excellent views on a clear day.
It’s worth mentioning that I did meet some people who hiked these munros coming from the opposite direction in Spean Bridge. This, however, is not the main route and it took them in excess of 3 hours just to reach the foot of the munros.
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Loch Lochy Munros Starting Point