Colin's Munros


Carn na Caim & A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, map 42
1st Nov 2003 & 21st Jul 2008

Route 1: 1020m = 3350' ascent; approx 13.9 miles; 6¾ hrs
Route 2: 935m = 3065' ascent; 12.2 miles; 6 hrs

Route 1 (1/11/03): The main disadvantage of this circular route is that you traverse the whole ridge once in each direction. Route 2 below is a single traverse, with different end points.
It is very hard work crossing the bogland between A'Bhuidheanach Bheag & Glas Mheall Mor. There is a ridge track (not on the map) from beyond Carn na Caim to A'Bhuidheanach Bheag but it does not follow where one necessarily wishes to go. Fence posts follow the boundary marked on the map, and are very helpful for navigation.
Note that Carn na Caim now has a (new) Munro top at NN664806, measured as 914.6m in July, 2015.
Access: Park on A9 about ½ mile S of Dalwhinnie at the quarry road on the southbound carriageway (NN640822) or in layby 87 on the northbound carriageway.

0720 A9 at quarry road 395     00.0 milesNN63968214
Ascend track SE to quarry at ridge 8955052.2 milesNN65978024
0910 Ridge track NE to T Carn na Caim S Top 9155252.6 milesNN66408067
0910 Ridge track/path NE to M Carn na Caim 9415853.9 milesNN67698213
Ridge track SW back to quarry 902 5.5 milesNN66088014
1005 SSW to track corner by pt 879
(Worth diverting off track to top)
879 6.05 milesNN65837928
1035 (Possible slight detour to
SE to A'Bhuidheanach Mhor)
9357607.0 milesNN66457819
1050 SW/S to M A'Bhuidheanach Bheag trig pt 9367707.2 milesNN66087759
1120 SE/E over bump to bealach 8607858.4 milesNN67817721
SE to T Glas Mheall Mor 9288558.6 milesNN68067696
1145 NW back to bealach 860 8.85 milesNN67817721
 — W/NW back to M A'Bhuidheanach Bheag 93677010.0 milesNN66087759
1225 Optional detour W to
A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, W top
93693510.4 milesNN65497747
1240 Optional detour W to Meall a'Chaorainn
(not a Munro – insufficient dip)
91694510.95 milesNN64627769
1310 N to col 825 10.85 milesNN65867887
1330 N to track on ridge at quarry 895102011.75 milesNN65978024
1405 Descend track NW to A9 395 14.0 milesNN63968214

Route 2 (21/7/08): This route has different start and finish points, both on the A9, but is a little shorter with marginally less ascent than the circular route described above in Route 1. The difference is less than expected, and probably outweighs the inconvenience of having different end points.

1055 Park on A9 at Dalnaspidal Lodge (end of L.Garry)
12.6 miles from Bruar jn at end of dual carriageway
430     00.0 milesNN64567333
1125 Take track under A9 to E side, cross to S bank of
Allt Coire Mhic-sith & ascend slopes ENE to ridge
7002700.6 milesNN65487363
1140 Ridge NE to cairn Druim Coire Mhic-sith 8003701.35 milesNN66277454
1205 NE to Glas Mheall Beag 8814652.35 milesNN67347572
  N to col 790 2.8 milesNN67537638
1235 NE to T Glas Mheall Mor 9286053.3 milesNN68067696
  NW to bealach 855 3.5 milesNN67817721
1310 W/NW to M A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, trig pt 9367004.7 milesNN66087759
1320 Follow fence posts on boundary N/NE to
A'Bhuidheanach Mhor (This can sensibly be omitted)
9357005.2 milesNN66477820
  NW on boundary to col 825 5.8 milesNN65867887
1345 N to track corner at pt 879 8797606.15 milesNN65837928
1400 Track N to pt 902 above quarry 9028156.7 milesNN66088014
1405 Track NNE to T Carn na Caim S Top 9158407.1 milesNN66408067
  Track NE to col 885 7.6 milesNN66878134
1420 N to boundary corner 9108657.8 milesNN66928160
Path NE to M Carn na Caim 9419008.35 milesNN67698213
  Return SW to col 885 9.05 milesNN66878134
1500 Track SSW to T Carn na Caim S Top 9159359.6 milesNN66408067
1510 Track SW back to quarry 895 10.0 milesNN65978024
1545 Descend track NW to A9 at quarry road
just S of Dalwhinnie
39593512.2 milesNN63968214

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