Hill: Carn Glas-Choire
Date: Saturday 28th August 2010
Company: Myself and Beinn

I parked at the side of the road 200m South of the start of the track to Auchterteang - parking there for one car. There is also parking for several cars c.800m North of the start. From reading previous reports of this hill on the internet, I was a bit worried about potential access problems on this estate. Thankfully, no access problems encountered today.

Start of walk:

Between the start of the walk and Auchterteang, we had to pass a field with sheep and cattle. The cattle were 50m or so away from the path. We moved as fast as we could, without running, to get clear of the cattle. Thankfully they just watched us without bothering to move.

Sheep and cattle next to track:

After passing Auchterteang we encountered our first problem – a locked gate. No problem for me but not dog-friendly for Beinn. Thankfully one of the wooden planks on the fence next to the gate was loose and Beinn just managed through with a bit of a squeeze!

Looking back to Auchterteang:

Garrocher burn:

We made fast progress towards the hill thanks to the good quality track that goes as far as half-a-mile from the summit.

Looking towards Carn Glas-Choire:

Carn Glas-Choire and Tom nan Gobhar:

During the walk in, we passed a nice wee hut. According to Dempster's book this is not a bothy.



On reaching the end of the track, we ascended very wet moss and lichen heading towards the summit.

Wet moss and lichen en-route to summit:

The hags just below the summit were easily avoided.

Hags below summit:

Beinn at summit of Carn Glas-Choire:

Loch Braigh Bhruthaich from summit:

From the summit we returned to the start via the same route. On reaching the field with cattle, we found that they were now standing on the track! We left the track and walked alongside the burn to keep as much distance from them as possible. This didn't work as several of them came running at us. We ran through the burn, getting soaked in the process. Thankfully they didn't follow.

On getting back to the car I had a wee think about what Sub2000 Marilyns were close-by. According to the SatNav, Stac Gorm was only around 20miles away. I drove to the start of Stac Gorm and parked at the RSPB Loch Ruthven car park.

Hill: Stac Gorm
Date: Saturday 28th August 2010
Company: Myself and Beinn

Stac Gorm from road:

From the car park, it was simply a case of follow the path all the way to the summit.

Stac Gorm from start of walk:

Using the path was certainly easier than wading through the heather. However, it was very muddy and very overgrown with heather. During the ascent I passed a really large boulder. I wondered if climbers used it for bouldering. A quick look round the boulder answered my question. Yes, as there was chalk on numerous handholds.

Large boulder, passed during ascent:


Looking back towards start:

I was quite tempted to extend the day further by ascending some of the neighbouring Marilyns that is until I twisted and hurt my foot during the ascent of Stac Gorm.

Stac na Cathaig:

Looking back along ridge of Stac Gorm:

I really enjoyed the views from the ascent of Stac Gorm – a much more interesting hill than Carn Glas-Choire.

Loch Ruthven and Tom Bailgeann:

Loch Ruthven and Loch a'Choire:

Approaching trig point near summit:

The next photo of Beinn shows how muddy the path was. Beinn:

Beinn at trig point near summit of Stac Gorm:

Loch Ruthven and Tom Bailgeann from summit:

Stac na Cathaig and Loch a'Choire from summit:

Brin Rock from summit:

View South from summit:

From the summit we returned via the same route back to the car.