Clach Leathad and Meall a’ Bhuiridh, Lochaber, Scotland

Creise /?kre??/, kraysh in English,is a Scottish mountain that stands at the eastern end of Glen Coe, just to the south of the A82 road, some 26 kilometres South-southeast of Fort William in the Highland Council area. The mountain was previously known as Clach Leathad (Stony Slope) in the Munro Tables prior to 1981, its name being changed to Creise when the highest point was found to be 1200 metres further north along the summit ridge when using new mapping techniques.

Creise is a long whaleback of a mountain, oriented north to south. It has a three kilometre long summit ridge with four distinct high points. The most southerly is Clach Leathad (Clachlet) which with a height of 1099 metres is just a metre lower than the main summit. Up to the 1970s it was regarded as the highest point of the mountain. It was downgraded to a “Munro Top” in the 1981 edition of Munro’s Tables. 700 metres north of Clach Leathad along the ridge is Mam Coire Easain (1070 metres), a former “Munro Top” deleted from the tables in 1981. It is strategically important as it stands at the head of the ridge linking the mountain to Meall a’ Bhuiridh. The main summit stands a further 650 metres north. It was previously an unnamed Munro Top on OS maps before being promoted to Munro in 1981.

A fourth high point is Stob a’ Ghlais Choire (996 metres). This Munro Top stands at the northern end of the ridge above the crags of Sròn na Creise which fall steeply to the valley of the River Etive. Sròn na Creise offers a challenging scrambler’s route to the summit, but needs care in winter as several serious accidents have occurred on the crags.[5] Rainfall on Creise finds its way to both coasts of Scotland. Drainage from the south of the mountain (Clach Leathad) flows into Coire Ba, one of the biggest corries in Scotland,and arrives at the east coast at the Firth of Tay via the Rivers Ba, Tummel and Tay. All other drainage from the mountain is via Glen Etive and Loch Etive to the west coast near Oban.

Clach Leathad and Meall a' Bhuiridh, Lochaber, Scotland

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