Càrn a' Gheòidh
is a Scottish
mountain situated 15 km south of the town of Braemar
. Its summit stands on the border between the council areas of Perth and Kinross
Càrn a' Gheòidh reaches a height of 975 metres (3199 feet) and is classified as both a Munro
and a Marilyn
. It is a very accessible hill and when climbed from the Glenshee Ski Centre
along with the adjacent mountains of The Cairnwell
and Càrn Aosda
makes for a very easy round of three Munros for the peak bagger
. The mountain is not easily seen to good effect from any main road being completely hidden from the summit of the A93 road
by The Cairnwell and Càrn Aosda. It is quite modest in appearance with the smooth slopes of the summit rising unpretentiously above the surrounding high moorland and the hills long ridges. The best views of Càrn a' Gheòidh are obtained from nearby peaks. The mountain's name translates as “Hill of the Goose”, the explanation of which is hard to explain, although Loch Vrotachan which lies two km to the NE may have had geese nesting on it at some time.
Càrn a' Gheòidh has a three km long NE ridge which connects to the col
between The Cairnwell and Càrn Aosda at the top of Butchart‘s corrie. The highest point of this ridge is Càrn nan Sac (920 metres), a subsidiary top of Carn a' Gheoidh formerly listed in the Munros Tables before being deleted in 1981. There are also two small lochans midway along the ridge. Another ridge goes west and then SW from the summit to connect to the Munro “Top” of Càrn Bhinnein
(917 metres), this is a more distinct peak than the main summit and has steep rocky slopes which fall SW into upper Gleann Taitneach.
Ridges also go north and south from the summit, the northern ridge descends to the valley of the Baddoch Burn. To the south, a broad crest descends for five km over the subsidiary tops of Càrn Mòr (876 metres) and Creagan Bheithe (759 metres) reaching a col with a height of around 600 metres which connects to the Corbett Ben Gulabin. All drainage from Carn a' Gheoidh goes to the east coast of Scotland, however the mountain stands on the divide of the drainage basins of the River Tay and the River Dee with rainfall reaching the North Sea at Aberdeen or the Firth of Tay more than 80 km apart.
The most popular and easiest ascent of Càrn a' Gheòidh starts at the Glenshee Ski Centre on the A93 road (grid reference ). The starting altitude at the centre is 640 metres giving an easy vertical ascent of just over 300 metres, the route going west through the ski area to reach the head of Butchart’s corrie and then along the NE ridge, which initially skirts the lip of the steep Coire Dhirich, then passing over Càrn nan Sac to reach the summit. A longer southern approach (14 km) which avoids the Glenshee SkI Area starts at Spittal of Glenshee
(grid reference ) and ascends by the southern ridge, this walk can be combined with ascent of the Corbett Ben Gulabin. The summit of the mountain is marked by a cairn of boulders and a circular wind shelter. Carn a' Gheoidh is the highest point for several kilometres and gives a good uninterrupted view of the Cairngorms
and the Beinn a' Ghlò
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