Date/TimeDate(s) - 08/07/2012
Walk DetailsPub Stop?: No O/S Map Sheet No.: 43 Grid Ref. Start: Grid Ref. Finish Walk (Miles): 18 Walk Hours: 9 Bus Time to Walk: Bus Time from Walk: Departure time from walk:
Today we head into Perthshire to climb some of the hills to the north of Blair Atholl. Various walks are possible from here but our two main objectives are Beinn a’Ghlo and Ben Dearg. However, if any member(s) require a shorter walk, please advise your committee member in charge of the bus. Please indicate on the attendance sheet which walk you will be following. The bus will drop walkers off at Old Bridge of Tilt (NGR 876 664), the starting point for both of our objectives, but will not be able to park in this area. The bus will then return down the glen to park on the main B8079 road, opposite the Bridge of Tilt Hotel (NGR 877 655).
(1) Beinn a’Ghlo. Take the secondary road up the south side of River Fender past the north end of Loch Moraig to reach a wooden bothy at NGR 923 678. Take the path from the bothy which heads NE’wards and climbs the southwest slopes of Carn Liath to the summit trig point at 975m. Continue N’wards along the ridge, past Beinn Mhaol to a col (NGR 938 714) and then climb to Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070m). From this top, descend eastwards to a col (NGR 958 727) and then climb to the plateau and S’wards to the Airiod Bheinn summit (1061m). From this top, head N’wards back along the plateau and NE’wards past a cairn and then a trig point (1020m) and 200m further NE to the main summit of Carn nan Gabhar (1129m). To return to the bus, retrace your steps SW’wards and descend to the col at NGR 958 727. From here descend SW’wards along the Allt Bealach an Fhiodha and the east side of Beinn Bheag to eventually meet a path heading SW on the south side of Allt Coire Lagain. Follow this path W’wards back towards the wooden bothy visited on the outwards route. Continue on this path past the north end of Loch Moraig and onwards to Old Bridge of Tilt and downhill to the bus on the B8079 main road.
Walking distance approximately 18 miles.
(2) Beinn Dearg. From the bus, cross the bridge over the River Tilt and head towards Old Blair. The road forks after about 400m. Take the right fork leading to a crossroads. Head straight ahead towards the east bank of the Banvie Burn and through a plantation of trees. Follow the path northwards and cross the Allt na Moine Baine. This path heads round the west shoulder of Carn Dearg Beag to reach a col between Meall Dubh and Meall Tionail which then descends to a bothy on the Allt Sheicheachan. From the bothy, a path follows the west side of the burn NE’wards to zigzag up the slopes of Meall Dubh nan Dearcag to reach the south ridge of Ben Dearg. Head up this broad ridge, firstly N’wards and then NE’wards towards the red screes and summit trig point of Beinn Dearg (1008m). The return to Blair Atholl may be made by simply reversing the inward route or, alternatively, descend the ridge southwards to the dip between Beinn Dearg and Beinn a’ Chait. From this col, contour S’wards round the west side of Beinn a’ Chait to reach the headwaters of the Allt Slanaidh which is followed down to a bothy (NGR 867 717) from where the track heads down through a plantation of trees into Glen Tilt. The path passes through Blairuachdar Wood and forks left to pass Blairuachdar and Bailanloan to rejoin the crossroads near Old Blair. At the crossroads bear left towards Old Bridge of Tilt and onwards to the bus at Blair Atholl.