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Carn Gorm (1029m / 3376 ft), Carn Mairg (1041m / 3415 ft), Glen Lyon, Perthshire, Scotland


These are two of the four munros you can conquer in one fairly long but straightforward hike.  Carn Gorm and Carn Mairg are the highest points in a circuit of 6 peaks situated on the north side of Glen Lyon, between the better-known summits of Ben Lawers to the south, and Schiehallion to the north-east. The other two munros are Meall Garbh (968m/2176 ft) and Creag Mhor (981m / 3218 ft).  The full round can be completed from Invervar, although you can cut it short at several points. 

These mountains are imposing in their bulk, with rocky faces overlooking the glens, but there are are no significant hazards, and there are fine views on a clear day.

  • I’ll remember most the satisfaction on completing the circuit according to plan, enjoying great views along the way.
  • The best bit was the late afternoon view over Glen Lyon.
  • The worst bit was...can’t think of anything negative.
  • I hadn’t expected to see the ptarmigan hopping around, close enough to get a photo
  • Words of warning – don’t assume you’re going to get good weather like this – take the usual gear to be prepared for any conditions, even if it’s fine when you set out.


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Contributed by:  Andrew Llanwarne

Carn Gorm and An Sgorr from just west of Fortingall village

Carn Gorm and An Sgorr from just west of Fortingall village

Key Facts

Location Invervar, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
When it was walked 9 March 2004
Walk type high hills and mountains
Difficulty Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear
Distance approx 20 km (12 miles)
Height climbed approx About 1200m (3950 ft) with all the ups & downs
Time taken approx 7 hours, not rushing it
Map used if any OS Landranger 1:50,000 map No 51– Loch Tay
Source of info on walk Just looked at the map to find somewhere different to climb alone that wasn't too hazardous!
Getting there

By car from Dundee, via Aberfeldy and Kenmore, nearly 2 hours

Places to stay In Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Fortingall, Fearnan
Places to eat/ buy food Aberfeldy and Kenmore
Any other local attractions or facilities Fortingall village and yew tree, crannogs on Loch Tay