Colin's Munros


Beinn a'Ghlo, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain & Carn Liath Map 43; 4th October 2003

Route: 13⅔ miles; 1330m=4365' ascent; 7–8 hrs

Access: From B8079 in the centre of Blair Atholl, take the C road north signposted Old Bridge of Tilt. Go straight on at the fork after 0.55 miles, passing Old Br of Tilt. Then bear left at 0.8 miles from the B8079, right at 0.9 miles, and straight on thereafter to the parking immediately after the cattle grid by the lesser L. Moraig at 2.4 miles from the main road (NN906671). If you cross any bridges, you've gone wrong.
NB Deer stalking may take place from August to October except on Sundays.
Route: With recent path improvements, this route has now become entirely straight-forward. I recommend going clockwise instead of the anti-clockwise that I did below. This is because the new path being constructed up Carn Liath is very uneven and hard on the feet going down hill (much worse than the original path or taking to the open moor) but it would be an advantage on ascent. It had been partly completed by April 2019 but now threatens to replace much better sections of original path on the lower slopes. Also, the scree section on Airgiod Bheinn would be very kind to feet and energy on descent, but a bit frustrating on ascent.
There is a brilliant new path (except for the unnecessary sleeping policemen) from the track end at NN94866856 northwards to the stepping off point at NN95167070 for crossing the Allt Bealach an Fhiodha at NN95227085, where a path starts up Airgiod Bheinn. That path is peaty up to the scree, and initially ascends directly up the slope before turning rightwards as the scree section is approached. To find it on descent, it goes through NN95807139, NN95737136, NN95697130 and NN95627104.
If you are only climbing Beinn a'Ghlo and/or Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, then a bicycle would help enormously, taking the pain out of the walk in and out – 5kms from the car park to the track end, and then possibly a further 2.5kms up the new path.

4/10/0330/1/10 Description Ht.Asc.Dist.Grid Ref.
07000830 Parking at L. Moraig 350    00.0 milesNN906671
 0920 Track ENE to end of loch, then
right fork ENE to track split
4301152.53 milesNN940683
08200940 Continue ENE on track
almost to Allt Coire Lagain
4501353.15 milesNN948685
 1015 NE on new path to base of
SW ridge of Airgiod Bheinn
5502354.55 milesNN952707
09101135 Good path NE up ridge to
T Airgiod Bheinn
10617455.5 milesNN961720
 1145 N/NE to col 1010 5.85 milesNN964725
09301200 NE to cairn on Beinn a'Ghlo 11108456.25 milesNN970732
09451205 NE to trig point 11208556.45 milesNN970732
09501207 NE to M Beinn a'Ghlo –
Carn nan Gabhar
11218576.5 milesNN971733
 1221 Return SW to col 1010 7.2 milesNN964725
10201233 WNW down to bealach 845 7.6 milesNN958727
11001315 Ascend W, then SW over bump,
then W to M Braigh
Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
107010908.45 milesNN945724
11301340 SW then S then W, then S again
to bealach
765 9.4 milesNN939714
12101433 S/SW/SSE to M Carn Liath, trig pt 975130510.6 milesNN936698
13001545 Good path SW/SSW down
to track at cabins
420 12.2 milesNN923678
13201615 WSW to parking at Loch Moraig 335133013.65 milesNN906671

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