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Carn Liath and Beinn a’ Ghlo Circuit (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME – NOW 08:00)

An opportunity to climb three impressive munros in the Beinn a’Ghlo massif to the northeast of Blair Atholl.  This walk starts at the Loch Moraig car park, a short drive off  the A9 at Bridge of Tilt.

We walk along an estate track before heading northeast up the steep flank of Carn Liath.  The going is hard work but we have the benefit of a path newly repaired so we can expect to reach our first munro, Carn Liath (975m) without difficulty.  From the rocky summit we see the walk we have for the rest of the day unfold.  We move in a generally northerly direction following the broad summit ridge of Beinn Mhaol. From this height we will be able to see the full extent of the Grampian Highlands; the Cairngorms in the north, Glenshee hills in the east and the Perthshire munros in the west. After a couple of kilometres we will drop down to the bealach before starting our ascent of the second munro of the day, Briaigh Coire Cruinn-bhalgain (1070m).  We continue the high ridge route and then drop down to the Bealach an Fhiodha before starting to climb up to Carn nan Gabhar (1120m) our last munro and highest point of the day.

For our return we retrace our steps to the bealach then follow the burn south until we reach a well maintained path following the Alt na Beinne Bige burn.  This takes us round the flank of Beinn Bheag where we rejoin the estate track that leads back to our start point at Loch Moraig.

This walk is a long day, covering a significant distance and altitude.  Walkers looking to participate need to be fit, have appropriate equipment and footwear and have experience of walking for several hours in the Scottish hills over open and rough terrain.

Walk date:
Monday 31st May, 2021
Walk leader:
David Clark
Walk start time:
8:00 am
Walk end time:
5:00 pm (estimated)
Extra Hard
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
21 km / 1200 m / 1120 m
Ticket price:
Tickets are sold out or not yet/no longer on sale.
Safety notesGear requiredMap of start locationWalk T&Cs

Walk duration - 8 hrs Easy walk in and out for 5km; otherwise steep climbing up to a broad ridgeline.

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.

1. Risk.
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.

2. Children.
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.

4. Dogs.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).

5. Smoking.
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.

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