Name:Sgairneach Mhor
Hill number:384
Height:991m / 3251ft
SMC/RHB Section:05A: Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie and Glen Garry
County/UA:Perth and Kinross
Topographical area:HC05 Udlamain-chuallaich
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, High Hills of Britain,
Murdo, Yeaman
Grid ref:NN 59884 73121
Summit feature:trig point in windshelter
Col:809m  NN582727  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 42
(1:25k) OL50 393
Observations:cairn is 5m W at NN 59879 73120 and of equal height; ground to 15m in arc NW-W-SW <15cm lower
Survey:Abney level
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Parked at Dalnaspidal for a circuit of Meallan Buidhe, An Sgulan, Sgairneach Mhor main (cairn and trig) and East Top.PGCE21/05/2024
From layby 79, under railway, then balancing act to ford river. 1km W up track to bridge and track half way up Sow of Atholl then grass and short heather to summit. Path down SW and up butts path to Sgairneach Mhor E top. Track to Munro Sgairneach Mhor and old GR. Out and back along fence line on ok ground to An Sgulan, then path to Munro Ben Udlamain summit. NE to low point and E down easy grass slope, maybe a path but never found it, to fords on Allt Coire Dhomhain. Easy track out, but didn't ford river at E end, instead took path NE to railway, climbed fences and crossed line. 21km, 1000m climb, 6:30hrs. Snow showers stuck in Cairngorms and we had great weather.Lynnebe17/04/2024
From the layby on the A9. Follow the road under the railway bridge, stay on the gravel road to the first bridge. A path cuts up through the heather and higher up crosses a stream to the bealach. Easy slopes at first then steeper as you gain height. Continue to the top Trig point, then descend over the Munro Southwest top before descending Northwest to the Coire Dhomhain. follow the broad ridge up to the shelter and top of Beinn Udlamain. Descend off to the North and follow the path around the coire picking up a path leading down through the heather, steep in places to the main gravel path.Continue back to the start. Some fantastic views.smocks and denims11/04/2024
Parked at Balsporran Cottages. Circular walk taking in A' Mharconaich (973.2m) Bruach nan Iomairean (969.8m), Beinn Udlamain (1010.2m), An Sgulan (865m), Old Sgairneach Mhor (963m), Sgairneach Mhor (991m), Sgairneach Mhor E Top (758m) and the Sow of Atholl (798.9m). Then a separate circular walk around Geal-charn (917.1m) at the end due to an error at the start. Generally clear and sunny but cloud on some summits, still a nice walk with some snow on the ground but not too much. This is the one summit of the 4 that has sat defiantly in the cloud all day. But once just over the top the views were there to be enjoyed. /Dmeltdiceburg01/04/2024
A very windy walk to bag the munros today!emily03/02/2024
Munro 74wanderingstar02/12/2023
Not clear on top but rest of day was good.mynameisdads16/10/2023
4th Munro of day with Sparkes, Gordon’s and walkers. Trig and wind shelter. Grey breezy but dry. Easy going terrain on top.Denise 03/10/2023
Parked at Balsporran Cottages. Circuit of Geal Charn, Bruach nan Lomairean, A'Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, old Sgairneach Mhor, Sgairneach Mhor, Sgairneach Mhor E Top and the Sow of Atholl. Prepositioned second car at the road to take us back to Balsporran Cottages to save the 4km cycle path walk. Blustery but generally clear and an enjoyable walk. With Gillian, Denise, Tony and Zoe and meeting Bernard and Sarah on some of the tops.richard6903/10/2023
8 of 10: From the old GR. With Sam and Tim.ChrisR27/08/2023
Solo from Dalnaspidal Lodge. Sow of Atholl, down to the bealach then up an ATV track and joining the main track to Sgairneach Mhor. Continued on to Beinn Udlamain, then returned to car the same way, going over the top of Sgairneach Mhor again. Lovely, sunny day. Plenty of folk out.DampandDusty13/05/2023
Parked in lay-by 79 under the railway bridge, ignored footbridge over the river, climbed higher on the path before picking a spot to cross, following an intermittent path.colinfielding26/04/2023
Geal-charn (Drumochter), Bruach nan Iomairean, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor (Old), Sgairneach Mhor, Sgairneach Mhor East Top & The Sow of Atholl (Meall an Dobharchain) from parking at Balsporran CottageJasonStark01/04/2023
PMI, Bran HFB08/10/2022
West Drumochter Munros plus Sow. Sunshine but one light-ish shower on Mharconaich. Left bike at Dalnaspidal. En route to Inverness. Rounsfell05/08/2022
With Martha. SW wind, gusting 35/40mph around midday made walking a little awkward on occasion, dying out as day progressed. Also Beinn Udlamain, A'Mharconaich & Beinn Udlamain. Tops mostly in the clouds.Neily There03/08/2022
SHC walk from Layby 79. Sow of Atholl, Sgairneach Mhor and Beinn Udlamain.TRG31824/07/2022
With Jack Post PhD cycle touring tripfellie21/05/2022
From layby 79 on the A9. Clockwise circuit of Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A' Mharconaich & Geal-charn, then walk back down the cycle path parallel to the A9.welshyboyo26/03/2022
With Rob from A 9 we started at 10.00 mist overvtops snow to 800 feet. Walked along trackundercrsilway to spur road across stream to ascend slopes to Sgairneach Mhor. Easy walk until last 300 m when snow became slab ice and crampons were needed. One each. Freezing on summit but great views. Descended gradualsnow slopes across to Beinn Uldhamain. Met walker in goggles. Ascended easy slopes to snowy summit great views. Descent from ridge a mixture of glissando and slide with ice axe braking. Long walk back along track. 10 miles 3300 feet of climb and ascent.david.walker4004/03/2022
Crusty snow above 900m, slushy below that and deep in gullies.Cumbrianexile13/02/2022
Club weekend, climbed 2 todayJamesSDonald12/11/2021
With a group. From Balsporran cottages. Linear walk taking in the four Munros.liljonb16/10/2021
Balsporran Cottages - Geal-charn - A’ Mharconaich - Bruach nan Iomairean - Beinn Udlamain - Sgairneach Mhor - The Sow of Atholl - footbridge at NN620750 - track and A9 cycle path back to Balsporran.Mark Jackson25/08/2021
Great day out walking with Issy and Kirsty and the dogs (Gus and Archie).Also climbed Bein Uldumain and The Sow of Atholl.Kevthecat15/08/2021
3/5 Revisit Sow of Atholl, Sgairneach Mhor East Top, then Both tops of Sgairneach Mhor and Meallan Buidhe (via Mam Ban which thank you mam deserves a mention as lovely soft mossy place to rest).nickywood108/07/2021
The Sow of Atholl, Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain and A'Mharconaich from Layby 81. Recorded route and write-up at
Beinn Udlamain and Sgàirneach Mhòr from Drumochter Pass. Walkhighlands routehummusg13/06/2021
Round of Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain and A' Mharconaich from A9 Layby 79. Excellent route.TRG31823/04/2021
Great view of the Southern Highlendsthekirkie pirate29/08/2020
Anticlockwise loop from layby 79 on a9 via B&B then up! All tops in this area except the boar. Couldn't face it after the steep ascent and descent from the sow. Just under 7hrs including walk inNicky C24/08/2020
From Layby 79 0n A9 south of Balsporran Cottages. Rather a grassy plod but with low cloud on summit abandoned any further Munros and returned to A9.knarf18/07/2020
MPS winter triphaydnw06/03/2020
After An Sgulanrichtea504023/10/2019
From Balsporran cottages, along tracks up ridge to Geal-charn, descending S then up surprisingly good path to the A' Mharconaich ridge and along to summit, returning SW to col with Beinn Udlamain, across summit descending S to Carn 'Ic Loumhaidh and up track to Sgairneach Mhor, descending along rim of Coire Creagach and NE to bridge across Allt Coire Dhomhain (NN61974 75049, marked on Harvey map), then along track to A9 (and cycled back to Balsporran). With JAS.kdbennett13/10/2019
2nd ascentdmckeith05/09/2019
With Karen and Buster...wet n windyHighland Days19/06/2019
Ascent of Gael-charn from Balsporran Cottage via track to the south of Allt Beul an Sporain. On to A’Mharconaich. Along ridge, following fence line, to Beinn Udlamain. Descent to head waters of Allt Coire Dhomhain and ascent of Sgairneach Mhor. Descent via Coire Creagach and Dalnaspidal Forest to track in valley, and return to car along A9.raymooremanx15/06/2019
With Laura & Alanduchally06/05/2019
Beautiful day with GFE and DTL (starting with Perth parkrun). From the parking spots just before the railway line: Sron na h-Eiteich, Meall na Leitreach, Sgairneach Mhor (all three tops). Saw mountain hares and a beautiful amount of wildlife but sadly lots of traps too.Fionalevey04/05/2019
From Dalnaspidal after Meall na Leitreach. With FJE and GFE.trimarc204/05/2019
JW HFB19/04/2019
62nd Munrolojzi86062116/02/2019
With Lionel and Geraldine. Wind, snow, very cold.Chris Blake01/02/2019
Mild January day, almost no snow lying other than sheltered spots near top. Weather forecast reported almost certain change of great visibility - whole day was spent in clagg. Brief stop at summit trig, but kept moving.mcbboyd06/01/2019
Neilsons nnrowan01/01/2019
New year Deepa Neil mags, Dave, norman and Elspeth. Dusting of snow. With udlamainRodge01/01/2019
3 Munro circuit from lay-by 79Geoff Briggs21/12/2018
Excellent light crispy snow above 800m, unusual for early Novemberalda02/11/2018