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Starting the reascent to Meall a Bhuiridh.
White Corries Map Photos
The best part of this route is the ridge between Meall a Bhuiridh and Creise, which feels like an aerial walkway above the corries that drop steeply away on either side. As well as that, this route has the advantage of being easily accessed from the White Corries chair lift!
Area: Central Highlands (Glencoe)
Grade: Ungraded    what does that mean?
Total Distance: 8 km
Total Ascent: 850 m
Time: 4 hours
Maps:
  • Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 41 (just about!)
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer 384 1:25,000
  • Harvey Superwalker Glen Coe 1:25,000
  • Avalanche hazard: Relatively safe.
    Avalanche Forecast area: Glencoe.   more
    Tips: At the time of writing, the White Corries lift faces an uncertain future. Check the lift is running before you go - currently it is not running on Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Also, an early start is advisable as the last lift down is currently at 4 pm. The cost is around £5 for the return ticket.
    Alternatives: Instead of using the chair lift, purists and paupers can walk up from the car park. Allow an extra hour or so. A harder variation is to skirt round Creag Dhubh and ascend the north ridge of Sron na Creise. This ridge is Winter Grade II.
    Start 

    Park at the White Corries ski centre, which is well sign-posted on the A82 at the southern end of Glencoe. The ski centre is slightly east of the junction between the A82 and the Glen Etive road.

    Grid Reference NN265526

    Approach 

    Use the chairlift!

    Meall a Bhuiridh 

    Head in a westerly direction from the top of the chairlift to gain the long saddle between Meall a Bhuiridh and the minor peak of Creag Dhubh. Ascend the broad north ridge of Meall a Bhuiridh, sticking to the right hand side close to the ski-patrol 'no-skiing' signs to minimise the risk of encountering a skier! The ridge leads you to the summit (small cairn) after about 400m ascent. It is the west-most summit that is highest.

    Creise (1100 m) 

    From the summit, descend the west ridge which connects Meall a Bhuiridh and the Creise ridge. The connecting ridge appears almost to hang, high above the valleys on either side. After about 150m (height) of descent, the ridge flattens out before beginning its steep rise back up. There is a short section of scrambling near the top of the ridge which brings you out on the main Creise ridge. Turn right (N) and head for the summit of Creise, which is the first summit reached , after about 650 m in distance.

    Return 

    Reverse the route back to the chair lift. (Sadly) this does involve reascending Meall a Bhuiridh. A nice detour is to take in Clach Leathad on the way. Allow an extra 40 minutes there and back.

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