Carn an Fhreiceadain from the Allt Mor

Carn an Fhreiceadain from Kingussie

Hillwalking route up Carn an Fhreiceadain from Kingussie

The flat-topped summit of Carn an Fhreiceadain overlooks Kingussie, from where fine estate tracks head up onto the plateau making for a uncomplicated circular hillwalking route.

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Carn an Fhreiceadain

Ascent 680m (2230ft)
Distance 16km (10m)
Time 5:00hr
Start/finish Kingussie Golf Course
Grid Ref : NN755013
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This circular route up Carn an Fhreiceadain starts from the golf course that overlooks the town of Kingussie and follows estate tracks for its length.

This well signposted route begins on tarmac for the first 2km, thereafter is on rough, but cycleable estate tracks which lead onto higher ground and to Carn an Fhreiceadain's summit. Unless covered in thick snow, navigation is undemanding following the tracks.

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1. Getting to Kingussie Golf Club

Start by Kingussie Golf Course

Start by Kingussie Golf Course

In the heart of Kingussie, just to the west of the traffic-lights at the town's crossroads, Gynack Road heads north overlooking the west bank of the Allt Mor. Ardvone car-park is just up from the start of this road where there are also public toilets.

The hillwalking route up Carn an Fhreiceadain begins from a further 1km up Gynack Road at the entrance to Kingussie Golf Club. There is parking available here (the sign does say private parking, but there doesn't seem to be any objection to parking if the golf club isn't busy).

2. Carn an Fhreiceadain

Cairn just before Carn an Fhreiceadain

Cairn just before Carn an Fhreiceadain

Just before the entrance to Kingussie Golf Club, there is a bridge over the Allt Mor - cross this and begin to walk up Ardbroilach Road. Pass the remaining houses of Kingussie, the road heads into Kingussie Golf Club, and travels northwards into Glen Gynack.

After around 2km walking, Pitmain Lodge is reached, with a sign pointing to the right to Carn an Fhreiceadain. Just beyond this, another sign indicates the choice of heading up a west or east route up Carn an Fhreiceadain - I'd prefer doing a circular clockwise route, therefore heading west first.

Over a bridge, past some sheds, over another bridge and through a gate in a deer-fence, it's on to open hillside. Ignore the track signposted 'North Gynack' and keep heading uphill.

The track continues uphill for around 2km to an interesting moraine with woodland, then drops down to cross the Allt Mor onto its northern bank.

The track now begins to climb more steeply and comes to a couple of junctions - keep left at the first and right at the next . The track now on more gentle gradient, climbs all the way to Carn an Fhreiceadain's flat summit, just before which is a tall and well constructed rectangular cairn , which is now beginning to tilt. There is trig point sheltering within a dyke on the top and fine views are to be had from here.

3. Beinn Bhreac and return

Looking down to Beinn Bhreac from Carn an Fhreiceadain

Looking down to Beinn Bhreac from Carn an Fhreiceadain

From Carn an Fhreiceadain's trig point, continue north-east on the track towards Carn an Fhreiceadain's minor north-east summit .

The descent begins with the track turning south-east and dropping to a col, before heading up a slight rise to meet up with the small cairn on Beinn Bhreac .

Now heading south, the track makes for a quick an fairly uneventful descent back to the forests surrounding Pitmain, passing a small stalker's bothy on the way.

The bridge by Pitmain Lodge is met again, beyond which simply retrace your steps back to Kingussie.

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