Meall nan Eagan and the Fara Dircs. November 2009

Date: Sunday 15th November 2009
Distance: 15km
Ascent: 820m

We’ve had a long-standing aim to have a nose round the N of the Fara, particularly at the impressive glacial clefts called the Dircs and a climb up the Graham Meall nan Eagan.

Parked up at NN 636 862, at the mouth of a quarry road. The road opposite leads up to the farm of Allt-an t-Sluic. Just prior to the buildings a road leads off to the left, across the Allt and up the Fara. I reckon you could get to the summit in about 90mins using this.

The track diverts to the left of the farm down to the Allt – you need to climb back up the bank after the farm to regain the glen track.

Quickly gain a view of Meall nan Eagan:

The sun cleared the Drumochter hills and gave us a syrupy light:

The track on the OS is a bit hard to follow but a bit of peat crossing soon had us climbing Meall nan Eagan from the east. Nice views develop up across Loch Caoldair towards Strathspey.

From the summit views are present to the Dircs – boulder strewn clefts. I assume they are outflow clefts from glacial water.


Glen Spey:

From there headed down to the bealach with the 589m top N of Dirc Beag, skirting it to the N – nice light on Binnein Shuas:

Rounded the hill and confusion ensued – the 1:50000 OS has overlaid the lochan here with a thick yellow boundary line rendering it green – I had thought it was a wood! It’s appropriately named though – Lochan na Doire Uaine.

Dirc Beag:

Lochan na Doire Uaine and the little Dirc:

Rounding the lochan struck upslope to the Dirc Mhor. A very impressive cleft in the hillside:

Steeply climbed out of the Dirc and then up easier slopes to the summit of the Fara, entertained by rainbows:

The Fara summit was in mist:

Better last time:

Had lunch at the summit and then headed NE down the ridge. Loch Ericht was quite drained:

Held the nice dry ridge line for a good way down then crossed around 700m of bog to get to the estate road and descend to the farm and back to the car.

I’d recommend the estate road to get up the Fara – better views and better underfoot.


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