A' Chailleach from Glen Banchor

A' Chailleach

Munro mountain in the Monadhliath

Above Newtonmore, A' Chailleach is a flat-topped Munro with a craggy east-facing coire in the heart of the vast Monadhliath.

A' Chailleach

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Meaningthe old woman
ListsMunro, 251
LocationMonadh Liath, The Monadh Liath and Creag Meagaidh
Grid RefNH681042
Lat/Lon57.10912, -4.17895

Sitting in the vast rolling Monadhliath landscape just above Newtonmore, A'Chailleach appears from the west and south to be a grass and heather covered featureless mountain. The east-facing coire of this Munro isn't particularly impressive, but can hold a fair-sized cornice in winter around its rim.

Most hillwalkers will hike up A'Chailleach in a route combining nearby Carn Sgulain to the north and possibly Carn Dearg to the west. The more determined can continue on to the Munro Geal Carn west of Carn Dearg, or to the Corbett Carn an Fhreiceadain to the east of Carn Sgulain.

Routes to A'Chailleach begin on estate tracks from above Newtonmore and continue up fairly pathless slopes. Higher up terrain is grass-covered and delightful underfoot.

Hillwalking routes up A' Chailleach

1. Monadhliath Munros »

The rolling landscape of the Monadh Liath is vast and feels very remote and wild. There are four Munros hiding in the expanse, all of which can be bagged in one linear route taking in A'Chailleach, Carn Sgulain and Carn Dearg in quick succession following fence-lines, then Geal Charn challenging navigation skills over featureless terrain.

Ascent : 1420m (4660ft)
Distance : 30km (19m)
Time : 9:50hr

2. Eastern Monadhliath Munros hillwalking route »

Carn Sgulain and A'Chailleach are the most easterly Munros in the vast Monadh Liath with most hillwalkers combining them into one route starting from Glen Banchor above Newtonmore. The hillsides are gentle and if the mist comes in, your navigation skills will be tested.

Ascent : 750m (2460ft)
Distance : 14km (9m)
Time : 4:45hr

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A' Chailleach viewed from the A9A' Chailleach viewed from the A9
A' Chailleach from Am Bodach to the eastA' Chailleach from Am Bodach to the east
Looking up the Allt a'Chaorainn to A'ChailleachLooking up the Allt a'Chaorainn to A'Chailleach
Heading up An Leitir to A'Chailleach, Creag Dhubh behindHeading up An Leitir to A'Chailleach, Creag Dhubh behind
Approaching A'Chailleach's summit from the southApproaching A'Chailleach's summit from the south
Heading to Carn Sgulain from A'ChailleachHeading to Carn Sgulain from A'Chailleach


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