Beinn a’ Ghlò Round

Mountains - 360 Virtual Tour over these Munros in the Cairngorm Scotland

Beinn a’ Ghlò is a Scottish mountain situated roughly 10 km (6 mi) north east of Blair Atholl in the Forest of Atholl in between Glen Tilt and Glen Loch, in Cairngorms National Park. It is a huge, complex hill with many ridges, summits and corries, covering approximately 40 km2 (15 sq mi) with three Munros. These are Càrn Liath (Grey Cairn) at 976 metres (3,202 ft), Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (“Brae/Brow of the Corrie of Round Blisters”, “blisters” referring to rock formations) at 1,070 metres (3,510 ft) and Càrn nan Gabhar (“Hill/cairn of the Goats”) at 1,121.9 metres (3,681 ft). The mountain has patches of grey scree amongst grass, while heather grows quite profusely on the lower slopes and gives the hill a colourful skirt when in bloom in summer.

Beinn a’ Ghlò has such a diversity of flora that it has been declared a SSSI and a SAC over an area of 80 km2 (31 sq mi). It is a region of European dry heaths and there are many species of alpine and marsh plants on the mountain such as the rare yellow oxytropis (Oxytropis campestris), mountain avens (Dryas octopetala), rock speedwell (Veronica fruticans), rock sedge (Carex rupestris) and green spleenwort (Asplenium viride).

There are two popular starting points for the traverse of the mountain. The first is at Loch Moraig (grid reference NN905670) at the end of the minor road, 3 km (2 mi) from Blair Atholl. The other is at Marble Lodge in Glen Tilt (grid reference NN898717) but this requires permission from the Atholl Estate to drive the 7 km (4.3 mi) up the private estate road. From Loch Moraig a track is followed to the foot of the mountain. It is a steep climb to the first Munro of Càrn Liath passing through white granite scree near the top. The route continues north dropping down to a col at 760 metres (2,490 ft) to climb Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain which gives a fine view down into Glen Tilt before turning east to take in Càrn nan Gabhar. The return to Loch Moraig can be varied, going over the “top” of Airgiod Bheinn (1,061 m or 3,481 ft), which translates as Silver Mountain, before dropping into the valley and picking up the track; this avoids the need to re-ascend the first two Munros.

Càrn Liath and Càrn nan Gabhar both have trig points and are excellent viewpoints. Càrn nan Gabhar’s highest point is not actually at the trig point; it is at a cairn 200 metres (660 ft) to the north east with a height of 1,121.9 metres (3,681 ft), about 2 metres (7 ft) more than the trig point. Càrn nan Gabhar has a panorama that includes the Cairngorms, the Glen Shee hills and an aerial view down into Glen Loch. Càrn Liath looks out over Blair Atholl towards the Scottish Lowlands.


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