Glen Ey & Altanour Munros

Routes up Carn Bhac, Carn an Righ, Glas Tulaichean & neighbours

From Inverey, a few miles west of Braemar, an 8km cycle south along a good track takes you to the ruins of Altanour Lodge. From here a circuit of 5 Munros can be bagged.

If done on its own, Glas Tulaichean is one of the easiest Munros to bag as a fine track travels from Spittal of Glenshee through Glen Lochsie all the way to its summit. Early June sees the annual race from Dalmunzie along this track to Glas Tulaichean's summit - an uphill race, one of only two in Scotland, the other being Aonach Mor in Lochaber.

Main route summary

The terrain on the Munros around Glen Ey is easy underfoot, being mainly heather and grass covered, with occasional rocky ground confined to patches on some of the summits.

Beyond the main track in Glen Ey there is little in the way of good paths, therefore your navigation skills will be tested on misty days, particularly on the featureless landscape between Carn Bhac and Beinn Iutharn Mhor and the heather covered terrain between Glas Tulaichean and An Socach.

Munros Carn Bhac (946m, Munro 221)
Beinn Iutharn Mhor (1045m, Munro 88)
Carn an Righ (1029m, Munro 103)
Glas Tulaichean (1051m, Munro 80)
An Socach (944m, Munro 227)
Ascent 2050m (6,725ft)
Distance       40km (incl 16km on bike) (25m/10m)
Time bike/walk : 10:30hr*
bike/run : 5hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Inverey
(grid ref : NO089892)


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Meanings  Glas Tulaichean : 'grey-green hillocks'
Carn an Righ : 'hill of the king'
Beinn Iutharn Mhor : 'big sharp ridged hill'
Carn Bhac : 'hill of peatbanks'
An Socach : 'the snout'

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