Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ and Beinn Iutharn Mhor

Glenshee
by Jackie Carson

Start Point: Dalmunzie hotel
Grid Reference: OS Sheet 43 GR NO091712
Time: 8-10 hours
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Introduction

These hills are tucked away behind Glenshee and generally accessed from the north through Glen Ey from Invervey combined with An Socach and Carn Bhac.


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However I'd already climbed An Socach and we had two contrasting weather forecasts for the day and chose to access them from the Spittal of Glenshee, heading for Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ then heading on to Beinn Iutharn Mhor if the more optimistic web forecast was correct.

As it turned out after a soaking from a few early squalls it turned into a beautiful day and we nearly headed off to a fourth hill.

On returning down Gleann Taitneach we noticed signs for stalking commencing 1st July were posted. There were no access restrictions but walkers were asked to keep to the main ridges and out of the Choires at the head of the Gleann.

 

Route

  • The start point is the Dalmunzie hotel which can be accessed from Spittal of Glenshee. Parking is available here for a fee of £2. For anyone not wanting to pay this fee there is a large parking area available 2 km before the hotel, GR NO105701.

  • From the hotel continue along the road passing through Glenlochsie farm passing through the gate and into Glen Lochsie.

  • This walk has a surprise in store. A track starting at the farm leads all the way to the summit of Glas Tulaichean. This isn't shown on all versions of the OS map. If the river isn't is spate follow the track and cross at the ford, GR NO080717. Continue along the track to the ruined Glenlochsie lodge, GR NO063726.
  • In our case the river was too high and too fast to cross without getting wet. We therefore followed the track running along its eastern bank. When we realised we weren't going to get across easily we cut up through the heather and followed the course of an abandoned railway as far as the lodge.
  • From the ruin continue on the track and follow the SW ridge of Glas Tulaichean almost to the end of the track, GR NO049760. From here a short pull of 30 m is all that is required to reach the summit of Glas Tulaichean, 1051 m, GR NO051760.

  • To carry on to Carn an Righ descend the NE ridge for about 1 km before cutting NW and picking up the path running along the base of Mam nan Carn. (In good visibility it is possible to cut the corner here).

  • Follow this path to the col between Carn and Righ and Mam nan Carn, 780 m, GR NO039771. From here continue up the E flank of Carn an Righ following the path which is well defined in places.The ground becomes more rocky as the summit of Carn and Righ is approached, 1029 m, GR NO029772.
 
  • Retrace steps back to the col, 780 m, GR NO039771. If only two hills are to be climbed follow the track back along the base of Mam nan Carn as far as Loch nan Eun, GR NO062779.

  • As the weather had brightened and the cloud base had risen considerably we decided to extend the day and climb Beinn Iutharn Mhor. From the col we followed a faint path up the SW flank of Mam nan Carn, 986 m, GR NO049789.

  • From the summit of Mam nan Carn head NW crossing the bealach at 910 m, GR NO048784. A short pull of 135 m is all that remains to the summit of Beinn Iutharn Mhor, 1045 m, GR NO045793. By now we could see for miles and miles in every direction.

  • Return to Mam nan Carn, 986 m, GR NO049789 and descend steeply to Loch nan Eun, GR NO062779.

  • The return to the Dalmunzie hotel is by way of a path down Gleann Taitneach which starts off steeply alongside the waterfalls on the east bank of Allt Easgaidh before turning into a bulldozed track.

  • There is a bridge across the river at GR NO089723 again this is not shown on all OS maps. It is about 1 km from then end of the Gleann. This was conveniently signed from the Hotel and there was a well worn path back there.

  • We completed the walk to the hotel happy in the knowledge that we didn't have another 2 km still to go. £2 very well spent.

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