Geal-charn from the south-west


Munro peak west of Drumochter Pass

Geal-charn is the most northerly Munro in the group of hills west of Drumochter Pass, its summit scraping in at a shade over Munro-height.


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Height 917.1m
Prominence 177m
Meaning white hill
Lists Munro, 277
Location West of Drumochter, The Drumochter Mountains
Grid Ref NN596783
Lat/Lon 56.87446, -4.30469

The expanse of Geal-charn's wide summit plateau is surrounded by heather-clad slopes. A small group of cairns sits at the eastern end of this plateau overlooking Drumochter Pass below.

With the lowest point in the range being 730m, it makes sense to include Geal-charn in a day Munro-bagging with A'Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor and the Corbett, The Sow of Atholl.

Heading up Geal-charn from Balsporran is a soggy affair on a well defined path, but higher up terrain is a delight underfoot with most of the route following tracks, paths and fence-posts. Geal-charn and the other Munros in this group all have different characters and afford good views over Loch Ericht to the Ben Alder range and beyond.

Hillwalking routes up Geal-charn

1. West of Drumochter »

Bags of character and great views, this is a fine high-level route on which to quickly bag the 4 Munros west of the Pass of Drumochter, possibly adding in the Corbett peak of the Sow of Atholl for good measure.
Ascent : 1300m (4270ft)    Distance : 24km (15m)    Time : 8:10hr

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Geal-charn from BalsporranGeal-charn from Balsporran
Heading up over Geal-charn's summit plateauHeading up over Geal-charn's summit plateau
Geal-charn from the track to the south-westGeal-charn from the track to the south-west
Geal-charn from A'Bhuidheanach BheagGeal-charn from A'Bhuidheanach Bheag
Approaching Geal-charn's summitApproaching Geal-charn's summit
Geal-charn from Balsporran in winterGeal-charn from Balsporran in winter

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