Carn Dearg in the Monadh Liath

Monadhliath Munros & Corbetts

Routes up A'Chailleach, Carn Sgulain, Carn Dearg & Geal Charn

The rolling landscape that makes Monadh Liath range does not contain particularly exciting mountains ! There are no pointy peaks, narrow ridges or great cliffs or crags to be found here, you'll need to head elsewhere in the Highlands for these.

The Monadh Liath however is vast and as no roads penetrate into the area, there's a real sense of remoteness and plenty of breathing space here. Look around when you in here as you're bound to see wildlife !

Main route summary

The route starts from just above Newtonmore, where Glen Banchor leads to the foothills of the Monadh Liath. Ruins of deserted townships are dotted around this beautiful glen.

There are several tracks and paths to choose from to access the grass and heather clad slopes. Higher up the vast plateaux are places to get easily lost in, but lines of fence-posts with faint paths can be traced. If doing the main route described below in full, note that from Carn Dearg to Geal Charn there are no posts to follow and good navigation skills will be needed.

Munros A'Chailleach (930m, Munro 251)
Carn Sgulain (920m, Munro 271)
Carn Dearg (945m, Munro 225)
Geal Charn (926m, Munro 260)
Corbetts Carn a'Fhreiceadain* (878m, Corbett 55)
Geal-charn Mor* (824m, Corbett 120)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 1420m (4,650ft)
Distance       30km (21m)
Time walk : 9:50hr*
run : 4:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start   Above Newtonmore
(grid ref : NN694998)

Finish   Garva Bridge
(grid ref : NN521948)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Meanings  A'Chailleach : 'the old woman'
Carn Sgulain : 'rocky hill of the basket'
Carn Dearg : 'red rocky hill'
Geal Charn : 'white hill'
Carn a'Fhreiceadain : 'lookout cairn'
Geal-charn Mor : 'big white hill'

Route detail & map »

Photos of route »

Alternative routes »

Other hill routes nearby »

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