Corbett walk: Creagan na Beinne
The 11-mile (18km) walk of the Corbett Creagan na Beinne starts and finishes at Ardtainaig, on the eastern shore of Loch Tay, between Killin and Aberfeldy. Note that there is limited parking at the start so a car share is a good idea.
The route can be walked as a circuit or as an out and back. My friend Ben and I chose to walk the circuit, starting with the hike along the glen track and then returning via the rougher mountain slopes.
The track heads along the base of the glen for some five miles ( 7km to 8km) before you reach an old cottage and a large stone wall sheepfold. The glen offers lovely views of rolling hills and mountains above.
Track to hillside
From here the route heads uphill, over mostly untracked moorland. At first, the ascent of Dunan Hill is quite steep, before the gradient lessens. It is one of those walks where you believe you might never reach the actual summit but the ascent is never too hard.
We were the only people on this walk, apart form a solo female who kept her distance. (We were entering the time of social distancing at this point in the Covid-19 pandemic.)
A cairn at 2913ft (888m) marks the summit of Creagan na Beinne.
The circuit continues over high ground that is lumpy and boggy in places but rarely arduous. Vague – and tempting – paths appear to cross cross the landscape but, really, it’s simply a case of tramping over moorland and down the hillside in a northerly direction.
Eventually the route heads west back towards the glen and then zigzags downhill on a more obvious track to rejoin the tarmac road at Ardtainaig. It is a great walk that takes around five hours.
It is Corbett 32 in my first round.
For route details see Walk Highlands.