Mountain bikers on Cairn of Claise

Glenshee 9 Munros

Routes on the Munros either side of Glenshee

The 9 Munros above Glenshee can be linked to form a long high-level hiking circuit. With generally grass covered slopes, this is one of the easier ways to go multi-Munro-bagging !

In winter, the mountain-hares on Creag Leacach abound, darting with ease over the crisp snow. Winter also hides the ugly scars that have been created by the ski-tows.

The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda are two of the easiest Munros to bag.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap

For the most part, the route over these Munros follows good tracks and paths, however the areas around Tolmount and Tom Buidhe are featureless and pathless and require careful navigation in mist.

With just 1,690m of ascent over a distance of 30km, the climbs are generally gentle and over grassy ground.

The 'Main Route' described below is also the line used for the Glenshee 9 Munros Hillrace. There are also two other routes described in 'Alternative routes' taking in other peaks to the north and to the south-east.

Munros Creag Leacach (987m, Munro 158)
Glas Maol (1068m, Munro 69)
Cairn of Claise (1064m, Munro 71)
Tom Buidhe (957m, Munro 203)
Tolmount (958m, Munro 201)
Carn an Tuirc (1019m, Munro 113)
Carn Aosda (917m, Munro 279)
Carn a'Gheoidh (975m, Munro 182)
The Cairnwell (933m, Munro 245)
Ascent 1690m (5,550ft)
Distance       30km (19m)
Time walking : 10:15hr*
running : 4hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Glenshee Ski Centre
(grid ref : NO139782)

Maps You'll need either 2 OS Landranger maps, or 2 OS Explorer maps, or 1 Harvey Mountain map for full coverage of the route

Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Meanings  Creag Leacach : 'slabby rock'
Glas Maol : 'grey-green hill'
Cairn of Claise : 'hill of the hollow'
Tom Buidhe : 'yellow hill'
Tolmount : 'valley hill'
Carn an Tuirc : 'hill of the wild boar'
Carn Aosda : 'ancient hill'
Carn a'Gheoidh : 'hill of the goose'
The Cairnwell : 'hill of the peat hags'

Route detail & map »

Photos of route »

Alternative routes »

Other hill routes nearby »

Accommodation & food »

Forecasts & other useful info »

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