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Meall Liath

Meall Liath

Length
14.3 Kms
Elevation gain
377.1 m
Max elevation
378 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
566
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
2.6 Kms
Dirt road
8.5 Kms
Dirt path
2.8 Kms
Trail
0.4 Kms
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Directions to start point
A standard Trossachs style running route from the small Bocastle car park at Kilmahog. This route has a variety of different running surfaces and with nearly all the climbing in the first half of the route.
From the car park head up the hill on the forest road. After just under
1 Kms
you go past a small quarry. This is a working quarry so take care going past though it is usually empty.
The climb continues and you are rewarded with some brief sights of Loch Venachar on your left through the trees. After that it is out into a more open section with Ben Ledi on your left. You do go over the main Ben Ledi hill path about the
3.8 Kms
mark. You can alter this route to tackle the hill and rejoin this route futher one. Check out the Ben Ledi route to see this route.
The route is most a varied climb with some short flat or downhill sections. At
5.6 Kms
you leave the main dirt road and follow the rocky path up the side of the Stank burn. You can choose to just stay on the main path, but the views are nicer by takign this higher route. Another
0.4 Kms
and you turn right taking the dirt road down the other side of the burn. You can elect also to go further up the side of the burn before heading back down.
You are surrounded by trees on the way back the hill and only really see Loch Lubnaig when you suddenly arrive at its shores. Turn right along the old railway line towards Forest Holidays Strathyre cabin sites. The route is a public right of way and goes straight through the holiday village. The route is now a single track road for about
2.4 Kms
. Keep on this road past the metal bridge and the small Ben Ledi car park. There is a tarred path at the end of the road on the right hand side. Take this.
After about
12.4 Kms
you have a choice of staying on the tarred road or heading off to the left on the small trail. The routes are basically running in parallel with the trail offering the better views and more of a challenge for the run. The route shown here is on the main tarred path.
You are soon reaching the end of the run and the main road crossing is in sight. Take the path up to the right back to the car park. This roure can also be accessed from the Calendar car park and using cycle route 7 to get to the Bocastle car park. This adds on about
5.5 Kms
to the total run and it is a nicer place to relax after the run. Ducks and swans.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start at Bocastle car park

0
2
From the car park turn right going uphill

0
3
Keep going past the small quarry

0.9
4
Keep on the main path past the Ben Ledi hill path

4
5
At the tee take the path on the left going uphill and back on yourself for a while

4.4
6
Take the small path on the left for Ben Ledi. Marked with small fence

5.6
7
Follow the lager path to the right

6
8
Follow the path to the right, creating a loop of Stank Burn

6.1
9
At the tee turn left going downhill

6.9
10
At the bottom of the hill turn right

8.9
11
Follow the road through the holiday site

9.2
12
At the metal bridge on the left keep straight on

11.3
13
Take the small tarred path on the right.

11.5
14
A choice. Keep on the tarred path or take the trail on the left. Both run parallel

12.4
15
At the junction with the main road, take the small path on the right.

14.1
16
And back at the car park

14.3
Bocastle car park entrance
Meall Liath. Entrance off the main road
Entrance off the main road
Car park area
Meall Liath. Small car park
Small car park
Car park area
Meall Liath. Hill heading up from the car park
Hill heading up from the car park
Car park area
Meall Liath. Information sign
Information sign
Car park area
Meall Liath. Space for about 8 cars
Space for about 8 cars
The quarry
Meall Liath. Coming up to the small quarry
Coming up to the small quarry
Loch Venachar
Meall Liath. Looking through the trees to the loch
Looking through the trees to the loch
Loch Lubnaig
Meall Liath. First sight of the loch in the distance
First sight of the loch in the distance
Loch Lubnaig
Meall Liath. Forest section
Forest section
Loch Lubnaig
Meall Liath. Forest section
Forest section
Loch Lubnaig
Meall Liath. Loch Lubnaig in the distance
Loch Lubnaig in the distance
View of the Falls of Leny
Meall Liath. Looking down at the falls
Looking down at the falls
Open section
Meall Liath. Looking east
Looking east
Open section
Meall Liath. Looking west
Looking west
Hill above the loch
Meall Liath. View of Loch Lubnaig
View of Loch Lubnaig
Hill above the loch
Meall Liath. Looking back
Looking back
Hill above the loch
Meall Liath. The loch below
The loch below
Approaching path
Meall Liath. The second Ben Ledi path
The second Ben Ledi path
Entrance to the path
Meall Liath. Small fence marks the start
Small fence marks the start
Entrance to the path
Meall Liath. You can keep on the main road
You can keep on the main road
Entrance to the path
Meall Liath. Covid warning
Covid warning
Take a right
Meall Liath. Just after the second fence, take a right
Just after the second fence, take a right
Looking back
Meall Liath. Down below is the start of the rocky path you took
Down below is the start of the rocky path you took
Near the bottom
Meall Liath. Getting close to the loch
Getting close to the loch
Holiday park
Meall Liath. Short run on route 7 through the holiday park
Short run on route 7 through the holiday park
Past the metal bridge
Meall Liath. Keep straight on past the metal bridge
Keep straight on past the metal bridge
End of single track road
Meall Liath. Take the path on the right
Take the path on the right
Along beside the river
Meall Liath. Tarred path
Tarred path
Trail or tarred path ?
Meall Liath. Choice for next section. Trail path on the left
Choice for next section. Trail path on the left
Approaching the main road
Meall Liath. A short section to the right from here back to the car park
A short section to the right from here back to the car park
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