Carn Mairg

Carn Mairg, Carn Gorm & neighbours

Routes on the Munros and Corbetts north of Invervar in Glen Lyon

The four Munros of Meall nan Aighean, Carn Mairg, Meall Garbh and Carn Gorm, along with the Corbett Beinn Dearg, lie in the heart of Tayside, sandwiched between Glen Lyon and Rannoch. Though not as high as their neighbours in the Lawers group, or as visually attractive as Schiehallion immediately to the north, they have a character of their own with some interesting features.

The area has been the focus of access issues in the recent past, with the most recent being the problems potentially caused by the proposed plans for a hydro scheme.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Fine views are had from all of the summits, with the views west from Carn Gorm to Meall Ghaordie and beyond, and north from Meall Garbh to Alder and Drumochter being particularly worthy.

I find the circuit is best done anti-clockwise as, for the most part, you'll face the westerly mountainous views, unlike the more flat distant ground that is viewed to the east. Access into the area is via a track in from Invervar.

Munros Meall nan Aighean (981m, Munro 168)
Carn Mairg (1041m, Munro 91)
Meall Garbh (968m, Munro 186)
Carn Gorm (1029m, Munro 102)
Corbetts Beinn Dearg* (830m)
  * see alternative routes below
Ascent 1450m (4,700ft)
Distance   17km (10.5m)
Time walking : 6:40hr
running : 3hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Invervar in Glen Lyon
(grid ref : NN666482)


Which map to choose ?
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stroll long day
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Meanings  Meall nan Aighean : 'hill of the heifers or hinds'
Carn Mairg : 'hill of rust'
Meall Garbh : 'rough hill'
Carn Gorm : 'blue hill'
Beinn Dearg : 'red hill'

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