Carn Liath from the west in Strath Mashie

Carn Liath

Munro peak above the River Spey and Loch Laggan

Carn Liath has a long flat summit resting above grass and heather-clad slopes. Situated between the River Spey and Loch Laggan there are various approaches, but most people head up from the SNH buildings at Aberarder.

Carn Liath

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Meaninggrey cairn
ListsMunro, 126
LocationCreag Meagaidh, The Monadh Liath and Creag Meagaidh
Grid RefNN472903
Lat/Lon56.97891, -4.51566

Above the birch woodland in Coire Ardair, Carn Liath is a domed shaped hill with a long flat summit crest. Gently rising slopes clad in heather and grass lead up from the south onto the crests.

Below Carn Liath to the south are the SNH buildings at Aberarder (see this for more info), with notice-boards and information on the geology and wildlife. This is the most popular access point for Carn Liath, though a longer and more interesting hike can be made from the north-east at Garva Bridge on the River Spey.

At the western end of the ridge that Carn Liath sits on is Stob Poite Coire Ardair and most hillwalkers tend to bag these two Munros together. Adding in Creag Meagaidh with these peaks makes for a fine circuit with options of returning through Coire Ardair or staying high over Puist Coire Ardair for long-lasting views. For keen Munro-baggers, and if transport can be arranged between start and finish points, extending this route further to include nearby Beinn a'Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach make for an excellent long day's hiking !

Hillwalking routes up Carn Liath

1. Aberarder to Roughburn - Creag Meagaidh 5 Munros route »

Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain at the heart of a range of 5 Munro peaks in the Central Highlands also including Beinn Teallach, Beinn a'Chaorainn, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath. Starting and finishing on the A86 above Loch Laggan, this circular hillwalking route takes in all 5 summits.

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 27km (17m)
Time : 9:45hr

2. Creag Meagaidh circuit of 3 Munros »

In the Central Highlands, Creag Meagaidh is a vast and stunning mountain dominating the view northwards above Loch Laggan. Heading up Creag Meagaidh via Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Ardair makes for a superb circular route with options of returning down the skyline or heading through 'The Window'.

Ascent : 1200m (3940ft)
Distance : 19km (12m)
Time : 6:45hr

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Carn Liath from Sron a'Coire ChriochaireinCarn Liath from Sron a'Coire Chriochairein
Carn Liath from Coire ArdairCarn Liath from Coire Ardair
Path up into Coire Ardair below Carn LiathPath up into Coire Ardair below Carn Liath
Sron a'Coire Chriochairein and Carn Liath from the south-westSron a'Coire Chriochairein and Carn Liath from the south-west
Na Cnapanan below Carn LiathNa Cnapanan below Carn Liath
Carn Liath's summit cairn and view northwardsCarn Liath's summit cairn and view northwards


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