Feshie Munros from Uath Lochans

Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a'Bhlair from Glen Feshie

Hillwalking route up Sgor Gaoith and Mullach Clach a'Bhlair from Rothiemurchus

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.

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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 !

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1. Getting to Glen Feshie

Sgor Gaoith above the Uath Lochans

Sgor Gaoith above the Uath Lochans

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.

2. Sgor Gaoith

Heading up the Moine Mor path

Heading up the Moine Mor path

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 !

3. Mullach Clach a'Bhlair

Approaching Mullach Clach a' Bhlair

Approaching Mullach Clach a' Bhlair

Return to Carn Ban Mor , then the Moine Mor path .

Turn south-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 .

4. Choice of return to Glen Feshie

Meall nan Sleac and the track down to the River Feshie

Meall nan Sleac and the track down to the River 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 bounding downhill through thick heather to cross the Allt Garbhlach and meet up with the path heading back to Auchlean , crossing the Allt Fhearnagan on the way which can be problematic in spate.

Or...for a more gentle and longer return, keep to the main track below Meall nan Sleac and continue to follow it 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 track through forestry. Out of the forest, the route now on a path comes to the Allt Garbhlach which can be difficult to cross in spate. Once over, the track continues to the farm buildings at Auchlean and the road is met to return to the car-park.

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