The rolling uplands west of Glen Shee may lack in-yer-face scenic grandeur, but they make up for it with a sense of wild emptiness and the liberation of wide open spaces. This is a great area to get away from it all for a couple of days, with the near certainty of solitude. The route described here visits several summits - five Munros and one Corbett if you're counting. It is perhaps best enjoyed with a night out along the way, and the precise line I've chosen is based around the premise of a base camp roughly mid way. A one-day take on this route would allow you to straighten out some of the wiggles.
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Distance: 25.68 miles (41.32 km)
Total ascent: 2,406m
Steepest Gradient: 38% (1 in 3)
Time: 14 – 17 hours (Walking)
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SummitsGlas Tulaichean 1051 m
Carn an Righ 1029 m
Beinn Iutharn Mhor 1045 m
Beinn Iutharn Mhor - Beinn Iutharn Bheag 953 m
An Socach 944 m
Carn a' Gheoidh 975 m
Ben Gulabin 806 m
Dalmunzie House Hotel, NO090712
Braemar or Blairgowrie
A mix of estate tracks, some well-trodden hill paths, some sketchier trails, occasional rough ground, and a few pathless boggy bits that'll have you cursing me.
It'd make a great ski tour. Don't underestimate how serious some of the more remote summits are likely to feel in wild winter weather.
Weather and Hill Conditions: SAIS: Southern Cairngorms – mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: East Highlands
Bus from Blairgowrie to Spittal of Glenshee
OS Explorer 387 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 43 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Pitlochry (01796 472215); Braemar (01339 741 600)
by Dan Bailey UKH