Beinn a'Ghlo & the Blair Atholl Munros
19-21st April 2022
Beinn a'Ghlo & the Blair Atholl Munros
Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st April 2022
ABOUT THE EVENT
Beinn a'Ghlo is a huge mound boasting 3 Munros: Càrn Liath, Bràigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain and Càrn nan Gobhar.
Usually tackled from around Blair Atholl, this is a brilliant day out on a wide undulating ridge. I've done this circuit as part of a memorable 3-day wild winter camping epic, and also as a single winter walk. And I've done the route in both directions.
Heading along the Glen past the mountains gives you the chance to traverse the ridge roughly west to east so that you get the setting sun on the return which as you'll see in the pictures below, was timed perfectly!
This is a massively rewarding experience when the weather plays ball!
Carn a'Chlamain and Beinn Dearg are both remote Munros with a long walk in. Both have their own unique character and charm - the feeling of real wilderness all around you.
We'll tackle Beinn a'Ghlo, Carn a' Chlamain and Beinn Dearg over three separate days and the weather will dictate which order we do them in. There is no guarantee that we will reach summits as winter in Scotland on the mountains can be brutal with hurricane strength winds and white out blizzards. However, we will have some epic days in the wild regardless.
Beinn a'Ghlo: Càrn Liath (975m / 3,199ft), Bràigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain (1,070m / 3,510ft) and Càrn nan Gobhar (1,121m / 3,678ft).
Beinn Dearg (1,008m / 3,307ft)
Carn a' Chlamain (963m / 3,159ft)
08:00 at different spots in the area depending on which Munros we tackle (weather will dictate).
For Beinn Dearg and Carn a' Chlamain we meet at Glen Tilt Car Park (Link opens Google Maps in a separate tab)
For Beinn a' Ghlo we meet here (Link opens in a separate tab)
We'll know more about which hills and which order nearer the time.
Difficulty: There are good approach tracks but higher up these may well be snow-covered even in late April. Beinn a'Ghlo is 22km (13.7 miles) total distance with 1,250m (4,101ft) ascent. Beinn Dearg is 25km (15.5 miles) total distance with 830m (2,723ft) ascent. Carn a' Chlamain is 30km (18.6 miles) total distance with 830m (2,723) ascent. They are big days in winter conditions!
Cost: The full trip costs £199 per person (with discounts for bulk booking). Under 18s and dogs are welcome so long as they are accompanied by their parent/guardian.
If you only want to come on one of the days that's fine and the trip costs £79 for a day (with discounts for bulk booking.
Please note that if there is a particular Munro you are interested in, given the time of year and the fact that the weather can be truly horrendous, I cannot guarantee which day we will attempt that particular hill. There is no guarantee we will summit.
Numbers: I can take a maximum of 8 and a minimum of 2.
Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
The walk will be suitable for anyone with very good hill walking experience and stamina/fitness. They are big days out above anything else and we may well still encounter winter conditions at the top!
What do I need to bring?
You will need basic walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena!
I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?
This is up to you depending on your budget. There is a huge range of accommodation in Fort William
What's not included?
How much is the trip and how do I book?
The trip costs £199 per person for the three days and £79 per person for just one of the days. There are discounts for bulk purchases. Again, please note that if there is a particular Munro you are interested in I cannot guarantee which of the three days we will attempt it as it is so dependent on the weather! I won't know until a day or so beforehand.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
How do I get there?
The nearest large town is Fort William. Howeverl Spean Bridge is close for the Loch Lochy Munros. There is a huge range of accommodation in Fort William. We may be able to arrange lifts (covid safe) if you do not have a vehicle.