Ben Gulabin from Spittal of Glenshee

Hillwalking route up Ben Gulabin from Spittal of Glenshee

A short and straightforward route from Spittal of Glenshee following estate tracks and a worn footpath all the way to the summit of little Ben Gulabin.



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Corbetts

Ben Gulabin

Ascent 450m (1470ft)
Distance 5km (3m)
Time 2:00hr
Start/finish Spittal of Glenshee
Grid Ref : NO114714
Terrain
easy hard
Nav
easy hard
Effort
easy hard
Scenery
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Standing above Spittal of Glenshee close to the A93, Ben Gulabin is a grass covered little lump of a hill. With an estate track climbing up most of the way up the Ben Gulabin's east-facing slopes, followed by a worn footpath travelling all the way to the summit, this is one of the easiest routes to a Corbett summit.

Extending the route to include nearby Carn a' Gheoidh in more remote surroundings makes for something a tad more challenging and interesting !



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1. Getting to Glenshee

Route start by Spittal of Glenshee

Route start by Spittal of Glenshee

The A93 connects Perth with Aberdeen, passing through Blairgowrie and Braemar in Deeside. Halfway between Blairgowrie and Braemar is Spittal of Glenshee on the junction between Glen Shee and Gleann Beag just before the road begins its climb to Glenshee Ski Centre.

By the roadside on the A93, around 1km north of Spittal of Glenshee, a sign by a gate indicates the start of the hillwalking route up Ben Gulabin.

Parking is limited to a couple of verge-side places by the gate (being careful not to block access).


2. Ben Gulabin

Glas Maol and Creag Leacach above the track

Glas Maol and Creag Leacach above the track

Through the gate, an estate track is followed northwards up a gentle incline.

After climbing around 150m, the track begins to turn north-west and crosses the Allt a' Charnaich (nearly dried up on my last visit after a dry early summer spell). A further height gain of 50m or so, an old ruin is passed, before the track comes to a junction , meeting with another rougher track, just below the bealach between Ben Gulabin and Creagan Bheithe.

This rough track heads south-west, crosses the Allt a' Charnaich once again, this time to its southern bank, then travels over damp grass-covered peaty ground uphill. Gradually becoming drier, grass is replaced by heather as the track gains height.

Glas Tulaichean from Ben Gulabin's summit

Glas Tulaichean from Ben Gulabin's summit

Less than 1km on from the junction, the track comes to an abrupt end , from where a boot-worn path takes over for the remaining short distance to the small cairn on Ben Gulabin's summit .

Glas Tulaichean from Ben Gulabin's summit

Glas Tulaichean from Ben Gulabin's summit


3. Return or extend route

Looking across the bealach to Carn Bhinnein and Carn a' Gheoidh

Looking across the bealach to Carn Bhinnein and Carn a' Gheoidh

The return is made by retracing the route downhill.

The route can easily be extended to Carn a' Gheoidh and other Glenshee Munros by following the estate track northwards from the bealach between Ben Gulabin and Creagan Bheithe. The track travels for much of the 4km to Carn a' Gheoidh with only a short section of pathless terrain just before the hill's summit.

If intending to hike this extended route, a bit of advance planning is recommended by perhaps dropping of a bike at the Glenshee Ski Centre or arranging other transport, in order to avoid a long walk back down the A93 to the foot of Ben Gulabin.





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