2nd July, 2014
With its many twisting ridges and secretive corries this complex, multi-topped massif offers a superb ridge walk, a long day but of no real difficulty. Rising above Blair Atholl and the trench-like fault of Glen Tilt, Beinn a' Ghlo has the virtue of easy access, yet it's a huge sprawling hill and its inner recesses still feel quite isolated and hidden. From its feet the ground unrolls into the empty expanse of the southern Cairngorms, adding to the sense of remoteness. There's supposed to be an old stalker's legend that a rifle fired in any of the mountain's 19 (!) corries can't be heard from any other; perhaps one for a member of the shooting and fishing brigade to test out.
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Distance: 13.48 miles (21.69 km)
Total ascent: 1,338m
Steepest Gradient: 43% (1 in 2)
Time: 8 hours (Walking)
SummitsCarn Liath 975 m
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain 1070 m
Beinn a' Ghlo - Carn nan Gabhar 1121 m
Beinn a' Ghlo - Airgiod Bheinn 1061 m
Car park / layby at the end of the public road near Loch Moraig, NN905671
Clear paths all the way, in places badly eroded and rubbly.
A long atmospheric winter round and arduous in deep snow, but with no particular difficulties.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: East Highlands
Train or bus to Blair Atholl
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OS Explorer 386 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 394 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 53 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 43 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 52 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Pitlochry (01796 472215); Aberfeldy (01887 820276)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com