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Stretching my legs on the Monadhliath Trio..

Stretching my legs on the Monadhliath Trio..


Postby Coutts94 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:51 pm

Route description: Càrn Dearg, Càrn Sgulain and A'Chailleach

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach (Monadhliath), Càrn Dearg (Monadhliath), Càrn Sgulain

Date walked: 30/03/2021

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 24.5 km

Ascent: 946m

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Today was going to be a "little" leg stretcher, the Monadhliath three munros.. A'Chailleach, Carn Sgulain and Carn Dearg.

The forecast was stunning for the early morning, so i made my way there nice and early. These are in my local tier area so not too far away either.

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Early morning


It was a nice easy walk in, through a couple of farmers fields then up the well built track, the opening to the monadhliath looked pretty majestic from my drone :lol:

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Drone


About a mile up the track it got pretty boggy, the track turns into an ATV track and then swings left over a small bridge.

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The Bridge


The bridge looks as if its buckling under my weight here :lol: (Lockdown has been tough :lol: )

From here it was basically pathless until I was at the bottom of Carn Dearg. Unfortunately the mist and cloud had came in a bit on the ascent up the "ramp" towards the summit.

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Carn Dearg


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The "Ramp"


I was pretty surprised how unfit I had become, struggling up the face towards Carn Dearg, having to stop every 5 minutes for a break.. definitely did not do enough exercise during lockdown!!

But eventually made it to the top of Carn Dearg.. Munro #42

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Summit


Still some cornices left

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Summit Cairn


Sadly the views were not the greatest as the cloud came in, I didn't hang around long as the wind was picking up and there wasn't alot of shelter up there.

I then made my way across to Carn Sgulain, I have to say this is a bit of a slog.. the ground is boggy, rocky and pretty much looks all the same.. I was expecting this (by reading Walkhighland reports :lol: ) But eventually made it across to the 2nd Munro of the day.

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Carn Sgulain


Munro #43 - The views of the Cairngorms were actually pretty good from here. The Munro itself is featureless and undistinguished as Walkhighland describes, but a nice easy one to tick off the list!

Finally made my way across to A'Chailleach, it looked pretty close from Carn Sgulain, but the route takes you down a gully (unavoidable), this added a little time to the walk as it was full of snow. By this point my legs were starting to ache a little, but I got a nice sheltered rest at the top of Munro #3.

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Summit of A'Chailleach


I quickly made my way down from here, where the ground got pretty boggy again, by this point I didn't really care as I knew all the ascent was done for the day! I explored a little metal shelter that was on the path on the way down:

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The Shelter


It looked pretty run down but interesting none the less. It was then a case of following the river back to the land rover track..

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The river Allt a'Chaorainn


I had attempted to cross the Allt a'Chaorainn river, with no success :lol: I checked my map and it said there was a bridge further down, so I made my way down a bit further and lone behold a nearly brand new bridge :D boy was I glad to see it..

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The Bridge

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Allt a'Chaorainn


This was a fantastic circuit, really enjoyed it. Even though the bit from Carn Dearg to Carn Sgulain is a bit of a slog, it was still just amazing to be on the Munros again. Will never take a day out for granted again!

Here is a video of the day out if you want to see it in full:



For anyone following my channel, Yes it is turning more and more into the Munro show :lol: But I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoy doing them!

Cheers, James
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Re: Stretching my legs on the Monadhliath Trio..

Postby gaffr » Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:07 am

Hello... Good to hear that are enjoying getting onto the hills again...and also to see that the old Bridge has been replaced. :) same map location for the bridge?
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Re: Stretching my legs on the Monadhliath Trio..

Postby Coutts94 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:44 pm

gaffr wrote:Hello... Good to hear that are enjoying getting onto the hills again...and also to see that the old Bridge has been replaced. :) same map location for the bridge?


Not long now until everyone will be back on them :D Yes same location, was very surprised to see it.
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