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Carn a' Gheoidh


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
975 m (3198 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
180 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Cairn like peak of the goose

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Carn a' Gheoidh is a conical hill with a gently rounded summit. The slopes to the N are easy with two broad ridges the more westerly, which is longer, leads to an approach track by the Baddoch Burn.

To the S the slopes are steeper but still accessible. To the W a ridge connects to Carn Bhinnein from where steep and rocky slopes overlook Gleann Taitneach.

To the E a broad ridge connects to Carn nan Sac, whose steep and sometimes craggy slopes form a corrie with the equally steep slopes connecting to The Cairnwell. The normal access route from Glen Shee takes you along the rim of this corrie.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn a' Gheoidh include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

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Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Cairn Bannoch
by Metcheck
Carn a' Gheoidh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn a' Gheoidh.

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 Routes that include Carn a' Gheoidh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 660 m 11.06 km 3.5 hrs Carn a' Gheoidh, The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda  Easy route, on terrain partially scarred by skiing equipment.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn a' Gheoidh

 Baggers Gallery for Carn a' Gheoidh

Me on the top of Carn a' Gheoidh

© Stephen Langston

Image by Stephen Langston

Kaz and I at the top of Carn a' Gheoidh

© Chris Stewart

Image by Chris Stewart

Carn a' Gheoidh summit 28/08/2010

© Billy Liddell

Image by Billy Liddell

Odin at the summit of Carn a'Gheoidh, 12/06/2010.

© Neil MacLeod

Image by Neil MacLeod
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 Shared Members Track Logs
Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell and Carn a' Gheoidh
by Jan Konstmann
Carn a' Gheoidh, The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda
by Alasdair Cairns
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Geert Gritter
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Douglas Mason
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by William Deans
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Robert Simpson
The Cairnwell, Carn a' Gheoidh and Carn Aosda
by Kenny Mcneill
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Brendan Waters
Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell
by Phillip Ferguson
The Cairnwell, Carn a' Gheoidh and Carn Aosda
by David McSporran

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Liam O'Hagan
wrote on
August 24, 2014
34 minutes from car park to Carn Asoda Summit, walked on the pretty blasted access road to the tow kit up top...first time I've seen a signpost pointing to a summit! a fairly pleasant and un-taxing walk to Carn Gheoidh then finish on Cairnwell which is pretty cluttered with radio masts etc, shared some whiskey with the lift operator who let us jump on for free, it didn't feel like cheating just a fun way to end a decent day. a very easy 3.5hrs for 3 Munro's, plenty of folks up there in jeans and trainers and for the first time I thought "and why not" it almost felt like a stroll on a fine summer day.
James Corrigan
wrote on
September 4, 2012
Part of the Cairnwell and Carn Aosda circuit. Easily the most pleasant of the 3 as there is no Human destruction around.Spotted loads of Hares around the area.Fine views on to An Socach from Carn Bhinnean which is well worth adding to the walk.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
August 9, 2011
Climbed on 9/8/11. This was a vast improvement on The Cairnwell - a very pleasant stroll although the lack of any steep bits did make it feel a little straightforward. Nice to get a clear view of Beinn a' Ghlo in all its glory.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
October 13, 2008
My wife Jackie, son Alan and I bagged Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and the Cairnwell on a breezy October day, the other two Munros are not all that bad (Boring People = Boring Munros) and the walk between them is very enjoyable. My Collies loved it, chasing hares at every opportunity.
Steve Macluskie
wrote on
August 17, 2007
Car to cairn in 18 minutes.

A full written account of a climb submitted by our members.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 22 Feb 2010 Around Glen Shee George Greszczuk Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell Not Yet Rated
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