Geal Charn

Remote Corbett at eastern edge of Cairngorms

At the eastern edge of the Cairngorms, Geal Charn is a heather-clad rolling Corbett hill sitting in a remote setting above Abernethy Forest.


Geal Charn


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height821m
Prominence173m
Meaningwhite cairn
ListsCorbett, 122
LocationCairngorms east of the Lairig Ghru, Speyside to the Great Glen
Grid RefNJ090127
Lat/Lon57.19601, -3.50673




The most direct approach begins from Dorback Lodge, a few miles south-east of Nethy Bridge and for half of the route uses estate tracks.

If you fancy a longer approach, perhaps cycling, fine tracks cut a route through Abernethy Forest Nature Reserve and climb to a height of over 600m and to within 2km of Geal Charn's summit.



Hillwalking routes up Geal Charn



1. Geal Charn from Dorback »


Above the Braes of Abernethy, fine estate tracks lead from Dorback Lodge to the foot of Geal Charn, from where a delightful circular route makes for an enjoyable afternoon's walk or run.

Ascent : 600m (1970ft)
Distance : 16km (10m)
Time : 5:45hr

2. Geal Charn from Abernethy »


Fine tracks through Abernethy Forest Nature Reserve enable an enjoyable cycling route approaching Geal Charn from the west. The tracks continue up a fair height up Geal Charn's slopes, leaving a short walk over heather to reach the remote cairn on the summit.

Ascent : 650m (2130ft)
Distance : 29km (18m)
Time : 3:30hr



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