A week after finishing the West Highland Way I was raring to get out into the hills again, so I headed for Tyndrum. I parked at the Green Welly Stop and started walking up the West Highland Way, with Beinn Odhar rising majestically in front of me (and Beinn Dorain enshrouded in cloud behind it).
When I reached the bridge over the West Highland Line railway I turned off the track and crossed the Crom Allt.
There’s no actual path here, it’s just grass as you follow the edge of the forest up the incredibly steep slope of Meall Buidhe.
A bit further on, looking back down shows how steep this hill is.
Once at the summit of Meall Buidhe there are great views over towards Beinn Odhar.
The summit is linked to Beinn Odhar by a bealach, along which is a double line of old fence posts that can be followed to the top.
On the way, the route passes Lochan Choire Dhuibh.
After a not inconsiderable climb, I got the summit of Beinn Odhar and was rewarded with a fantastic view down over another lochan to Tyndrum far below.
I spent quite a bit of time at the (very windy) summit, and took a video showing the amazing views.
The view north to Beinn Dorain is particularly spectacular.
The route descends to the south-west over scree, passing the lochan that is seen from the top.
In contrast to the steep climb up Meall Buidhe, the return route down the southern slopes of Beinn Odhar is much more forgiving, undulating its way back down to the West Highland Way and on to Tyndrum.