Feshie Munros from Uath Lochans

Glen Feshie Munros

Hillwalking route up Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a'Bhlair

Above Glen Feshie, Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a'Bhlair are two Munros that lie in the heart of Rothiemurchus, a vast area of Caledonian forest, lochs, rivers, glens, mountains, and wild landscapes. The high ground, known as the Moine Mhor, is fairly featureless for the most part, but fortunately some good paths and tracks aid navigation.

Route outline

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Munros Sgor Gaoith
Mullach Clach a' Bhlair
Ascent 1100m (3600ft)
Distance 26km (16m)
Time 8:20hr
Start/finish Auchlean
Grid Ref : NN852976
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Heather, juniper and forests cover the lower slopes, with good tracks and paths to access. The River Feshie has changed course over the years, erroding banks and taking away paths and the bridge at Carnachuin. Higher up, ground is pretty flat, though Sgor Gaoith's summit sits above crags above its east side, dropping dramatically to Loch Einich below. Away from the Moine Mor tracks and paths, featureless terrain can be very diffcult to navigate on if in mist - finding the tiny cairn on Mullach Clach a'Bhlair might prove challenging !

Route detail

Getting to Glen Feshie »
  • South of Aviemore on the B970 and near Kincraig, the road crosses the River Feshie at Feshiebridge. On the north side of this bridge, there is a red telephone box, with a road sign pointing down to Auchlean. Head down this road to its end to a car-park around ½km north of the house at Auchlean .
  • A narrow road also heads down the west side of the River Feshie, but cars have to be left more than 1km further north than the car-park on the east side.

Sgor Gaoith »
  • Leave the car-park and head 500m south down the road.
  • Just before Auchlean , a cairn marks the start of the Moine Path through a gate and initially heading south-east.
  • Follow this fine path through a forest and up onto the western shoulder of Carn Ban Mor.
  • This path climbs gently and gains the high ground of the Moine Mor at a little cairn, just south of Carn Ban Mor . Turn north-east and follow a faint path along the crest to Carn Ban's summit cairn .
  • Beyond Carn Ban Mor, continue following the faint path north-east for around 2km to Sgor Gaoith's summit . Having hauled yourself up gradual, wide slopes, the crags and rocky summit come as quite a suprise !

Mullach Clach a'Bhlair »
  • Return to Carn Ban Mor , then the Moine Mor path .
  • Turn souuth-east, and follow the worn path for around 2km until a very obvious track heading west-to-east is met. Turn right (west) and follow the track south-west for around 3km to a junction with a track coming up from Glenfeshie Lodge .
  • From this junction, the track heads south-west for 500m, then starts to contour around the eastern side of the Mullach Clach a'Bhlair's summit - look out for a path, marked by a small pile of stones , heading off right.
  • On this path, walk for around 500m to the small untidy cairn on Mullach Clach a'Bhair's summit .

Choice of return to Glen Feshie »
  • About-turn, get back onto the track and head to the junction with the track coming up from Glenfeshie Lodge . Follow the track down towards Glenfeshie Lodge for 1km to where it levels out at around 750m.
  • Either...for a shorter and tougher route, come of the track and onto a faint path heading west above the edge of Coire Garbhlach. Reach the summit of Meall nan Sleac at 800m , then head north-west down heather to cross the Allt Garbhlach. A fine path is picked up and followed though the heather to the forest and back to Auchlean . Crossing the Allt Fhearnagan on the way can be problematic in spate.
  • Or...for a more gentle and longer return, continue to follow the track down towards the River Feshie. Through some sweet-smelling juniper fields, the flat ground aside the River Feshie is reached where a junction in the track is met . Turn right (north) and follow a fine path through forestry. The path crosses a couple of burns (difficult in spate) that tumble down from the Moine Mor and meets up with the road at Auchlean which is followed back to the car-park.

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Route photos

Sgor Gaoith above the Uath LochansSgor Gaoith above the Uath Lochans
Heading up the Moine Mor pathHeading up the Moine Mor path
Summit of Sgor GaoithSummit of Sgor Gaoith
The summit of Mullach Clach a'BhlairThe summit of Mullach Clach a'Bhlair
Meall nan Sleac and the track down to the River FeshieMeall nan Sleac and the track down to the River Feshie
Walking back through forestry to AuchleanWalking back through forestry to Auchlean

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