Carn a’ Chlamain – the hill of the kite
Carn a’ Chlamain is a remote munro in the south west Cairngorms that rises above the surrounding mountain plateau. This walk gives the opportunity to ascend a munro which is decidedly ‘off the beaten track’.
The walk starts from the car park near the Old Bridge of Tilt and we head up glen Tilt on a good quality track for our long walk towards Carn a’Chlamain. The approach walk takes us through the scenic glen where we will have excellent views of the River Tilt and surrounding hills. We continue up the glen passing Gilbert’s bridge and then Gaw’s bridge before reaching the All Craoinidh. Here we start our ascent of of Car a’Chlamain as the gradient steepens. The path is generally good going with lateral detours available for some sections of the climb. The path reaches a significant track that continues steadily up the broad ridge, taking a wide detour to the right to pass a steeper section at 800m. The track is followed until it cuts just to the right of the stony dome that is the summit of Carn a’Chlamain. Here the track is left and we follow a stony path to complete the final short section of the ascent to the summit at 963m.
The return route is to retrace our steps off the mountain and back down Glen Tilt where a variety of paths offer a different and varied walk back to the car park.
This is a long walk (26 kms) that takes in a remote munro in the south western Cairngorm range. While the walk is not technically difficult it is extra hard due to the distance and walk duration and is a long day of walking. Walkers who are fit, experienced and have undertaken similar walks in excess of 20 kms should consider taking part.
Walk duration 8hrs. If the weather conditions do not permit climbing Carn a’Chlamain we will undertake: a: a low level (sheltered) walk of Glen Tilt (15km) or b: a circular walk of the Falls of Bruar and Glen Banvie to the west of Blair Atholl (15km).
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.