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Preas nam Meàrlach

Preas nam MeàrlachPreas nam Meàrlach - 21st August 2007

Preas nam Meàrlach is the wooded area around the point where the track between Derry Lodge, and Corrour Bothy fords the Laoigh Beag in Gleann Laoigh Beag.

As a place name Preas nam Meàrlach – means copse of the robbers, and is colloquially (always) known as Robbers’ Copse.

Although the name is suggestive of the place where robbers – lying in wait – would rob travellers, I believe it’s more likely that cattle raiders spent the night here before driving their new property the rest of the way through Làirig Dhrù.  In Haldane (1952) – the author suggest that cattle were driven about 10 miles a day, and interestingly Preas nam Meàrlach is about 10 miles from the forest of Rothiemurchus. 

At Preas nam Meàrlach the Laoigh Beag cuts across the track forcing a fording, or detour upstream to the bridge built by the Cairngorm Club.  From here Gleann Laoigh Beag turns northward, continuing as a place name for another mile or so.