A satisfying circuit incorporating a complex mountain and a beautiful glen
Start/finish Blair Atholl (GR: NN870652)
Munros Carn Liath (975m), Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070m), Carn nan Gabhar (1121m)
Sleep Camp near the River Tilt
Transport Blair Atholl station offers good connections including the Sleeper
GLEN TILT is one of the great glens of the Cairngorms, a long narrow valley arrowing into the heart of the hills. To the south it’s walled by massive Beinn a’ Ghlo, one of the most complex Cairngorm hills.
Three of its summits are Munros. Combining this superb mountain with a walk the length of the glen makes for a satisfying two-day trip from Blair Atholl. The distance is 43km with 1875m of ascent.
From the little town head to Loch Moraig and then Carn Liath at the southern end of Beinn a’ Ghlo. Once the steep climb is over, the walking along the twisting narrow ridge is quite easy. For 6km you stride high above the world with wonderful views into deep corries and Glen Tilt.
From the final and highest Munro, Carn nan Gabhar, descend north-west on a long spur that leads to Glen Tilt a couple of kilometres below the attractive Falls of Tarf where the River Tarf joins the River Tilt. Follow the Tilt upstream to a view of the Falls – there are many camp sites in this area.
The river is easy to ford beyond the Falls and you can then turn back down the glen, cross the bridge over the Tarf below the Falls, and follow the track down Glen Tilt, admiring the rushing stream and the steep slopes on either side.
Words and photo: Chris Townsend