An Sgarsoch above Geldie Lodge ruins

Carn an Fhidhleir & An Sgarsoch

Routes on the Munros overlooking Geldie Lodge

West of the Linn-of-Dee, heather clads the lower slopes of the hills between Glen Tilt and Geldie Burn. The two Munros of Carn an Fhidhleir (also known as Carn Ealar) and An Sgarsoch are summits on this vast area. Although not as high as the Cairngorms immediately to the north or Beinn a'Ghlo to the south, the are sufficiently high and well placed to look out onto fine vistas in all directions.

Main route summary

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The most straight-forward access is from Linn-of-Dee, from where a good cyclable track leads to Geldie Burn. Geldie Lodge is just beyond, behind which the heather clad slopes rise gently.

An alternative route comes in along Glen Tilt. This is long but very accessible made possible by the track and path up its length. Good navigation skills needed if coming in from this direction.

Munros Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar) (994m, Munro 149)
An Sgarsoch (1006m, Munro 125)
Ascent 960m (3,150 ft)
Distance       25km bike, plus 13km on foot (15.5/8.5 miles)
Time bike/walk : 7:30hr*
bike/run : 3:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Linn of Dee
(grid ref : NO064898)


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Meanings  Carn an Fhidhleir : 'hill of the fiddler'
An Sgarsoch : 'the place of the sharp rocks'

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