Atholl and Beinn a'Ghlo

Beinn a'Ghlo is the collective name for the range of three fine Munros east of Glen Tilt. The highest peak, Carn nan Gabhar gives fine views in all directions from its summit. The southerly peak in the range, Carn Liath is a landmark from the south with a badly scarred path up its south-west shoulder.

Heather-clad Carn a'Chlamain and Beinn Dearg to the west of Beinn a'Ghlo are hidden out of view from the A9.

Main route summary

Access to these hills is along excellent tracks and paths, however when linking the summits, the ground between is more often heather clad and pathless, therefore navigation skills will be tested, even in clear conditions.

It is perfectly possible for fit walkers to bag all 5 Munros and the Corbett Beinn Mheadhonach - this is the 'Main route' described here. However most people prefer to split these hills into three seperate days and the routes for these days are described below in 'Alternative routes'.

Also included on this page is lonely Beinn Vuirich as the start point for access up this heather and grass covered hill is the same as in the 'Main route'.

Munros Carn Liath (975m, Munro 179)
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
    (1070m, M66)
Carn nan Gabhar (1121m, Munro 32)
Carn a'Chlamain (963m, Munro 192)
Beinn Dearg (1008m, Munro 124)
Corbetts Beinn Mheadhonach (901m)
Ben Vuirich* (903m)
  *see 'Alternative routes'
Ascent 2850m (9,350ft)
Distance       42km (26m)
Time walking : 15hr*
running : 7:45hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Loch Moraig
(grid ref : NN905670)

Finish   Old Blair car park
(grid ref : NN874663)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Meanings  Beinn a'Ghlo : 'hill of veil or mist'
Carn Liath : 'grey cairn'
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain : 'height of the coire of round blisters'
Carn nan Gabhar : 'hill of the goats'
Carn a'Chlamain : 'hill of the kite'
Beinn Dearg : 'red hill'
Beinn Mheadhonach : 'middle hill'
Beinn Vuirich : 'hill of roaring'

Route detail & map »

Photos of route »

Alternative routes »

Other hill routes nearby »

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Forecasts & other useful info »

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