Glas Tulaichean above Loch nan Eun

Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ

Hillwalking route up Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ from Spittal of Glenshee

Fine estate tracks and well-defined paths ease navigation and effort while heading northwards from Spittal of Glenshee to bag Glas Tulaichean and remote Carn an Righ.

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Glas Tulaichean

Carn an Righ

Ascent 1170m (3830ft)
Distance 23km (14m)
Time 7:40hr
Start/finish Dalmunzie Hotel
Grid Ref : NO091712
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Carn an Righ is an awkwardly placed Munro to bag, with many options to reach its summit from various directions. Tagging it in with an ascent of Glas Tulaichean is easier than a detour from Beinn Iutharn Mhor or approaching from Glen Tilt or Gleann Fearnach.

On this route approaching from Dalmunzie Hotel, lots of estate tracks and well-worn paths aid access and navigation on these hills. There are a few river crossings to be made on this route, so best to choose weather with fairly dry conditions. Finish off the day with some refreshment in the lovely garden of Dalmunzie Hotel.

If done on its own, Glas Tulaichean is one of the easiest Munros to bag as a fine track travels from Spittal of Glenshee through Glen Lochsie all the way to its summit. Early June sees the annual race from Dalmunzie along this track to Glas Tulaichean's summit - an uphill race, one of only two in Scotland, the other being Aonach Mor in Lochaber.

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Route description

1. Getting to Dalmunzie Hotel

Glenlochsie Lodge ruin

The A93 travels from Blairgowrie to Braemar, and around 25km south of Braemar is Spittal of Glenshee. From Spittal of Glenshee, on the south side of Glen Lochsie Burn, head through the gates of Dalmunzie Estate and up the private road to Dalmunzie House Hotel - you can park here, cost (at time of writing) is £2.50, pay at Hotel reception and park by the bins.

2. Glas Tulaichean

On the track up Glas Tulaichean

Follow the road to Glenlochsie Farm, turn left between the farm buildings and through a gate.

Now on a good farm-track, head up Glen Lochsie. Around 1km up, you'll need to cross Glen Lochsie Burn . This may be difficult to do so in spate, in which case stick to the remains of the old railway line (thick heather) on the north side of the burn. If you've stuck to the main track, you'll have to cross the burn again back to the north side of Glen Lochsie Burn, just below the ruin of Glen Lochsie Lodge .

From behind the ruin of Glen Lochsie Lodge, follow the track that heads directly up the hillside. This track travels all the way up to a junction on Glas Tulaichean's crest, around 200m west of its summit. Turn right and follow the track alongside some fence-posts to Glas Tulaichean's trig point and enjoy some fine views.

If just wanting to bag Glas Tulaichean, to return, simply retrace your steps back to Dalmunzie Hotel.

3. Carn an Righ

Carn an Righ's summit cairn with Beinn a'Ghlo beyond

Retrace your steps westwards along Glas Tulaichean's crest to the junction in the tracks and drop a further 50m or so on the track heading west . Leave the track and head north-west down grassy slopes. The gradient is fairly steep to begin with, but easies as height is lost.

Cross the Allt a'Ghlinne Mhoir in the glen below and pick up a faint path through the heather aiming directly for the col between Carn an Righ and Mam nan Carn.

At the col, turn left (west) and on a very obvious and worn path, begin hiking up Carn an Righ. The path cuts a way through grass and heather, then crosses some boulderfield higher up. Carn an Righ's summit is marked by an untidy cairn.

4. Return to Dalmunzie

Heading into Gleann Taitneach from Loch nan Eun

Head back down to the col between Carn and Righ and Mam nan Carn. Pick up the well-defined, but rough path heading eastwards and follow it for 2km. As it approaches Loch nan Eun, it becomes fainter, aim for the outflow . Cross the outflow and now on a very obvious but very rough path follow the eastern side of the Allt Easgaidh downhill.

The path meets up with a fine track on grass and continues further down Gleann Taitneach. There is a bridge marked around 1km north of Glenlochsie farm - we didn't take this, but instead continued on the track until it came close to Dalmunzie Hotel and made a river crossing - probably not the best idea !

5. Glas Tulaichean Uphill Race

On Glas Tulaichean's summit

The Glas Tulaichean Uphill race, which takes place at the beginning of June, starts by the Glenlochsie Farm buildings and follows the track all the way to the summit.

Now proving quite popular, runners deposit their rucksacks and waterproof kit into a truck which is then driven to the summit awaiting their arrival - quite civilised, particularly on cold days !

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