Geal Charn from Meall na h-Aisre

Geal Charn, Monadh Liath

Munro peak in the western expanse of the Monadhliath

Overlooking the River Spey and sitting above a coire with a dark little lochan, Geal Charn has a tad more character than most of the hills in the vast Monadhliath.

Geal Charn, Monadh Liath

Meaningwhite cairn
ListsMunro, 261
LocationMonadh Liath, Monadh Liath to Glen Roy
Grid RefNN562988
Lat/Lon57.05737, -4.37278

Geal Charn is the most westerly Munro in the Monadh Liath and for the most part typical of the grass-covered, rolling hills in the area. The east-facing coire of this Munro is well hidden from view and contains a dark lochan below the cliffs and crags of Geal Charn and Beinn Sgiath.

From Garva Bridge there is a direct, if rather soggy and uninspiring route up to Geal Charn's summit. More enjoyable and interesting is a circular route from Spey dam and Glen Markie, visiting the glacially formed An Dirc Mhor gash and descending via Lochan a'Choire and Piper's Burn. More determined hillwalkers can continue over moorland and gentle hillsides to Carn Dearg and then on to Carn Sgulain and A'Chailleach for a full-on 4 Munro-bagging day.

Routes up Geal Charn

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.

Peaks : 4 Munros

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

Geal Charn from Spey Dam

Geal Charn is a mountain at the western end of the Monadh Liath and for the most part typical of the area - rolling, gentle, grass covered slopes and fairly featureless from most views. But there are hidden sides to this Munro and weird landforms create interest if you're prepared not just to take the most direct route !

Peaks : 1 Corbett

Ascent : 740m (2430ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 4:45hr

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