Beinn a'Ghlo from Loch Moraig (Blair Atholl)

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The Beinn a'Ghlo massif rises out of the moorland on the eastern side of Glen Tilt, just north of Blair Atholl. It provides some excellent walking and amazing views if you choose a clear day. As you enjoy an easy walk in from Loch Moraig, Carn Liath dominates the view ahead, obscuring the larger peaks behind. On the south-west ridge of Carn Liath (975m), the smallest of the three Beinn a'Ghlo Munros, a steep stony path leads to the summit where the whole Beinn a'Ghlo range opens out in front of you. Here you can pick out your route along the peaks and ridges. An impressive S-shaped ridge snakes northward to Beinn Mhaol, then drops steeply to a col from where another steep ridge leads up to the second peak, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1,070m). The route continues along the ridge beyond the summit and then drops into a narrow valley, from where a third steep climb takes you to the highest of the peaks, Carn nan Gabhar (1,121m). The route home back-tracks along the broad ridge to Airgiod Bheinn (1,061m) from where you have amazing views over your outward route. The descent is down a rocky ridge and a steep path to the valley below and is followed by a 7.5km walk out on a moorland path.

This is a long, strenuous walk over exposed mountainside so go well-prepared for all weathers, however there are a couple of escape routes highlighted just in case.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Perth and Kinross - Atholl


Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, Munro, Wildlife
7/31/2008 - Tom Gardner

Thanks to mike Taylor for his large collection of walks. I'm looking forward to doing this one. An initial look at Explorer 386 suggests that 394 will also be needed. Tom Gardner

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