The Cairnwell Hills
The Cairnwell, Carn
a' Gheoidh & Carn
shortest, not the prettiest but worth the trip. This description
aptly sums up these hills but I feel obliged to expand a little.
- these are without doubt the quickest and most accessible munros
in Scotland with a meagre 579m of climbing to complete the triplet.
In 3 hours all summits can be conquered and even for those who
normally take time to drink in the surroundings the 5 hour time
barrier should be easily broken.
the prettiest - unless you get excited by naked ski runs,
dodgy huts and pylons. The ski area, as would be expected, has
had a big impact on the area and as such provides an alternative
slant on what could be expected at a hill top. But that's the
price we pay to enjoy our skiing, which in contrast to the opinion
of "Greenies" in London, is reasonable.
Worth the trip
- aside from allowing the avid bagger to tick off three more
boxes, from the ski area to Carn a Gheoidh is like any other
hillwalk, offering the spectacular scenery we sometimes take
for granted. The easy access is also a pleasant change allowing
for either a late start or alternatively an early departure
leaving a full afternoon to enjoy a pub lunch.
spent as little time as possible at the summit follow the
path NW for approx. 800m. It's then time to enjoy the scenery,
as the track snakes westwards for approx 3km to lead you to
the summit of the second munro Carn a' Gheoidh (975m, GR107768).
the summit of Carn a' Gheoidh retrace your steps to the small
bealach at GR128782, from this point follow the rocky track
North, then NW to gain the third summit Carn Aosda which slimly
gains munro status (917m, GR134792).
Carn Aosda follow the easy grassy slopes southwards to get
back to the carpark.
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