Access: From Fort William, take A830 W to first junction with A861 (→ Corran).
Turn N up track at A830/A861 junction (by W end of Loch Eil), turn right after 20yds,
cross river and park just before gate across road up glen.
Route: Road from the A830 to Wauchen is unsafe except for 4 wheel drive with high clearance. There are no passing places at all, not even any verge to use. It is fine to bike as far as edge of forest, but increasingly difficult thereafter. So a bike is useful for 3 miles each way of the walks in and out (used on 12/05/09), but there is 120m of ascent. Ignore notice on gate about bridges; they have been replaced.
It is easy to include the Corbett Braigh nan Uamhachan, as in the description below for 12/05/09. It adds a bit over 300m (1000') to the ascent and 1⅓ miles to the distance.
Note also, of course, that the trig point is on the subsidiary north top and not on the summit of the Muntro, which is ¾ mile further north.
Terrain: Clear path to top; mostly good, but wet, peaty start.
Weather 19/10/05: Total cloud cover; continuous light rain before noon; light showers thereafter. Cloud base 825m
Weather 12/05/09: Sunny cloudless day, light cool E wind.
Mobile: Orange reception at both tops of Gulvain, on the Corbett and at car parking.
|19th October 2005|
|0905||Park as above near A830/A861 jn, W end of Loch Eil.||10||0||0.0 miles||NM96067943|
|0935||(Walk) Track N up Gleann Fiannlighe to gate at Wauchan||65||80||1.5 miles||NM96328171|
|0950||NE to gate at E edge of forest.||95||110||2.8 miles||NM97608300|
|1015||NE to bridge at Na Socachan.
Take right track at fork, then path starts shortly on left.
|NNE up ridge to point 855||855||885||5.15 miles||NM99718581|
|N to minor col||845||5.2 miles||NM99718589|
|1155||N to T Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain) Trig Pt||962||1000||5.55 miles||NM99678645|
|1205||NNE to col (straightforward)||860||6.0 miles||NM99958703|
|1220||NNE to M Gaor Bheinn N Top||987||1130||6.35 miles||NN00288757|
|1225||Return same way: SSW to col||860||6.7 miles||NM99958703|
|1240||SSW to T Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain) Trig Pt||962||1230||7.15 miles||NM99678645|
|S to minor col||845||7.5 miles||NM99718589|
|1255||S to point 855||855||1240||7.55 miles||NM99718581|
|1340||SW down path to bridge at Na Socachan.||100||8.9 miles||NM98718393|
|1405||Track down Gleann Fiannlighe to Gate at Forest edge||95||1255||9.9 miles||NM97378271|
|1420||SW to gate at Wauchan||65||11.15 miles||NM96328171|
|1425||S to bridge near Wauchan||55||1255||11.4 miles||NM96298130|
|1450||S to car at A830.||10||1280||12.67 miles||NM96067943|
|12th May 2009|
|0905||Park as above near A830/A861 jn, W end of Loch Eil||10||0||0.0 miles||NM96067943|
|0925||Track N up Gleann Fiannlighe to gate at Wauchan.||65||80||1.5 miles||NM96328171|
|0950||NE to gate at NE edge of forest.||95||110||2.8 miles||NM97608300|
|Leave bike at bend in track by forest||110||125||2.85 miles||NM97588307|
|Diagonally left (NNW) up hill to ridge
of Na h-Uamhachan then NNE to Sron Liath
|N to col||683||5.0 miles||NM97308619|
|1210||NNE to C Braigh nan Uamhachan||765||910||5.3 miles||NM97538667|
|500m N, then E down to 1st col on bealach||515||6.2 miles||NM98478735|
|E to Pt 542 on bealach||542||950||6.3 miles||NM98648730|
|1330||E to Far side of bealach||490||6.6 miles||NM99048732|
|E up steep gully towards summit
(Not for the
inexperienced who should ascend the ridge to S top.)
|Reached level with top of Braigh nan Uamhachan||765||1225|
|E up steep gully to ridge at start of
final pull-up to summit
|NNE to M Gaor Bheinn N Top||987||1445||7.55 miles||NN00288757|
|1512.5||Return: SSW back to col||860||7.95 miles||NM99958703|
|SSW to T Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain) Trig Pt||962||1545||8.35 miles||NM99678645|
|S to minor col||845||8.7 miles||NM99718589|
|S to point 855||855||1555||8.75 miles||NM99718581|
|Path SW to bridge at Na Socachan.||100||10.1 miles||NM98718393|
|1715||Track S down Gleann Fiannlighe:
Collect bike at bend in track by forest.
|Cycle SW to gate at forest edge||95||11.3 miles||NM97378271|
|1735||SW to gate at Wauchan||65||12.35 miles||NM96328171|
|1740||S to bridge near Wauchan||55||1570||12.6 miles||NM96298130|
|1755||S to car at A830/A861 junction.||10||1600||13.9 miles||NM96067943|