Meall nan Aighean

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Meall nan Aighean
Creag Mhòr
The Meall nan Aighean as seen from the southeast, above the north end of Loch Tay

The Meall nan Aighean from southeast, above the northern end of hole Tay seen from

height 981  m ASL
location Highlands , Scotland
Coordinates 56 ° 37 '14 "  N , 4 ° 7' 43"  W Coordinates: 56 ° 37 '14 "  N , 4 ° 7' 43"  W.
Meall nan Aighean (Scotland)
Meall nan Aighean

The Meall nan Aighean (also Meall na Aighean ) is a 981 meter high mountain in Scotland . The meaning of its Gaelic name is unclear, it is assumed that the Great Rock or Hill of the Doe is . The mountain is sometimes referred to as Creag Mhòr after one of its pre-summits . The mountain belongs to a group of four Munros , which are in the form of a horseshoe open to the south, north of the small settlement of Invervar in Glen Lyon . The mountain group is also known as the Càrn Mairg Group after the highest peak or, due to the shape of the mountain, as the Glen Lyon Horseshoe .

The summit hairn of Meall nan Aighean, with Loch Tay in the background

In the mountain group, only the Càrn Mairg has a rocky, quartzite summit structure that forms a small summit plateau. Like the other peaks and sub-peaks, Meall nan Aighean has a comparatively inconspicuous flat summit plateau consisting of grass and heather. It has two almost equally high summit areas, separated only by a shallow depression, the northeast summit is seven meters higher than the southwest summit. To the east there are two further, 904 meter and 822 meter high pre-peaks, which are referred to by the two peaks as Meall nan Aighean and Creag Mhor . One reason for the confusing names is that the two pre-peaks, viewed from the east from Glen Lyon, lie in front of the main peak and cover it. Within the mountain range around the Càrn Mairg, which it lies in front of the southeast, the Meall nan Aighean is the southeasternmost peak. To the south, the Meall nan Aighean drops steeply with rocky grass slopes into Glen Lyon, to the northeast the mountain forms a steep, rocky flank above the Gleann Muilinn . Only to the southwest are the grassy slopes less steep.

The Meall nan Aighean is climbed by many mountain hikers as part of a crossing of all four Munros of the entire mountain group, an approximately 18 km long tour. The climb through Gleann Muilinn from the eastern village of Fortingall near the north end of Loch Tay is around 20 km .

Individual evidence

  1. Munro tables of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) , accessed January 9, 2019
  2. The Meall nan Aighean at , accessed July 28, 2014
  3. The Creag Mhor (Meall nan Aighean) on , accessed July 28, 2014

Web links

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