I have had a downer on poor old Meall Ghaordaidh for years, after an awful ascent during my first round of the munros in March 2002. It was a stormy day, with wet snow filling the peat hags, so was a toil as a consequence. I had vowed never to return, but the passage of time and some good weather is a great healer. I checked for stalking issues again (see my blog last week on Chesthill - Grrr!), and despite the excellent Meggernie Estate boards saying that there was a hill path, there wasn't at all, so I just picked my way that it had indicated. The going was always grassy and tussocky, weaving its way around the crags, but never technical, just steep.
I skirted Creag Laoghain, and ascended the centre of the East flank, where two burns come down into one. There was a shallower coire above, and I should have trended left, South, but instead went straight up. It looked OK, but the moss was frozen, and it was quite steep enough, thank you. Then it was a pleasant walk into the sun over frosty ground to be on top in less than 1hr 20min.
The views were excellent for the whole 360 degrees, and I had a good sit for a while with my flask. I was joined by a nice chap, Kerr, an off duty sailor, and we gossiped about all things munro. Before long it was too cold to linger, so after bidding farewell, I headed East to the bealach just before P890 , then turned North again down the wide coire, and was back down in less than 3hrs!
I always knew that any alternative to the standard route would be preferable, as I detest boggy walks, and particularly peat hags, and I wasn't disappointed. The long drive around to the end of Glen Lyon gives it a slightly wilder feel, despite the hydro paraphernalia and stalking lodges, and is well worth it in my opinion.