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
||Invervar, Glen Lyon, Perthshire
|When it was walked
|| 9 March 2004
||high hills and mountains
|| Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear
||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!
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