Carn Liath from Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalagain

Carn Liath, Beinn a' Ghlo

Southern Munro summit of Beinn a' Ghlo

Carn Liath is the most southerly Munro peak on Beinn a' Ghlo. Viewed from the A9 and in particular from above Blair Atholl, its shape is very distinctive with a badly scarred path climbing up its south-west shoulder.


Carn Liath


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Height976m
Prominence211m
Meaningmountain of mist - grey hill
ListsMunro, 179
LocationAtholl and Glen Bruar, Drumochter to Glen Shee
Grid RefNN936698
Lat/Lon56.80789, -3.74399


Beinn a' Ghlo is a massive and complex mountain range towering above Blair Atholl and Glen Tilt. The most southerly peak of this range is Carn Liath, a fine Munro of conical shape as seen from the south-west.

On its own, a hike up Carn Liath requires a mere ascent of 640m over a distance of 8km (there-and-back) and is therefore one of the easiest Munros to bag, with a well-worn path meandering up its south-west shoulder.

Continuing further from Carn Liath over the other summits on Beinn a' Ghlo, a relaxed route following crests and faint paths takes in Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar, returning to Blair Atholl on a delightful path and estate track.

Other options include detouring to nearby Corbett of Ben Vuirich or extending the route further with a fair bit of effort and ascent to bag nearby peaks of Carn a' Chlamain, Beinn Mheadhonach or even Beinn Dearg.



Routes up Carn Liath


Beinn a' Ghlo from Blair Atholl

Beinn a'Ghlo is a massive and complex mountain towering above Blair Atholl and Glen Tilt. Along its crests are three Munro summits, Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar.

Peaks : 3 Munros

Ascent : 1350m (4430ft)
Distance : 20km (12m)
Time : 7:15hr

Beinn a' Ghlo to Beinn Dearg

A fairly long hillwalking route rewarding fit hill-baggers with 5 Munros and a Corbett including the peaks on Beinn a' Ghlo and others above Glen Bruar and Glen Tilt.

Peaks : 5 Munros, 1 Corbett

Ascent : 2850m (9350ft)
Distance : 42km (26m)
Time : 15hr



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