Mountains of the mist


Today’s little jaunt was near Blair Atholl and 3 Munros near Glen Fender. The Munros in question are Carn Liath (975m), Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070m) and Carn nan Gabhar (1129m) with the total time taken to complete the route at 5 hours and 45mins. In good Weather these Munros are easy to complete with regards to navigation from one Munro to the next. Carn Liath is straightforward, from Loch Moraig head up the farm track ‘till you get to two we huts then follow the obvious scar heading up the Munro. To say that it isn’t easy to miss is an understatement. Overall this Munro took 1 hour 45 to get to the top, even at my leisurely pace! From there it’s easy to follow the path down to the col between Carn Liath and Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, with the col being at 760m in height giving a 300m ascent to the second Munro. This sounds worse than it looks and the path up to the summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain isn’t that steep and took just over an hour to complete. Again you must descend to the next col between Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar which is quite steep in places but not too bad. The col is about 850m in height which again gives just under 300m to the rocky top of Carn nan Gabhar. Carn nan Gabhar actually has about 3 cairns at the top of it. I had stopped at the trig point quite happy with myself until a passing hill walker pointed out that the true summit was some 200m further on. I duly walked over and took a snap. I wouldn’t want people to think that I cheated. Anyway, I descended via Airgiod Bheinn (1061m) which gives a tricky steep decent back down to the base of Carn Liath. I bit of forward planning for myself ticking off this last non-Munro, just in case the Munro tables are changed and this one is included – at least I’ve already done it. Overall this is a fine walk with good view and Munros with a bit of character, just the ticket if you want to walk 13 miles or so.

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