Hills: Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise and Carn an Tuirc
Date: Saturday 2nd September 2017
Company: Myself, Becky and Cuillin
Distance: 15.8km, Ascent: 805m
Time: 5Hrs 35Mins
The MWIS forecast for Saturday, across the whole of
Scotland, was outstanding. We therefore set off from home at 6.30,
destination Glenshee, with the intention of ascending Glas Maol, Cairn of
Claise and Carn an Tuirc i.e. three new Munros for my daughter. Having ascended
Glas Maol and Cairn of Claise eight times previously, and having ascended
all the nearby Munro Tops, this would likely be my final ascent of these
On reaching Braemar there was a strong police presence. I hadn't realised
this was the day of the Braemar Gathering. We were soon however beyond
Braemar and making our way to the Glenshee Ski Centre where we parked-up for
Once suited and booted we began our ascent towards Glas Maol
via Meall Odhar, a Munro Top.
Looking back towards Cairnwell from just beyond start of track:
These are certainly not the most interesting of the Munros but they are easy
ones for little legs.
Ascent of Meall Odhar:
Before long we reached the top of Meall Odhar and were soon zig-zagging our
way up the final slope towards the summit of Glas Maol. We spent around ten
minutes at the summit having a drink, some food and taking a number of
photos. At the summit I mentioned that we might soon see lots of
At the summit of Glas Maol:
In Glas Maol's summit shelter:
On making our way out to Cairn of Claise, my prediction was correct. These
are great hills for spotting mountain hare.
Mountain hare on Glas Maol:
As we progressed towards Cairn of Claise we passed numerous other walkers
all doing the same circuit but in reverse.
View towards Carn an Tuirc and Cairn of Claise:
Seeing Monega Hill reminded me of the excellent day I spent walking these
hills from Caenlochan Glen, a much nicer but longer approach to these hills.
Looking back towards Glas Maol:
As we approached Cairn of Claise we abandoned the main track to follow the
dry stane dyke leading to the summit.
Ascending Cairn of Claise:
Approaching the summit of Cairn of Claise:
We met and chatted briefly with several other walkers at the summit.
At the summit of Cairn of Claise:
The walk from Cairn of Claise to Carn an Tuirc did not take long. We took a
fairly direct grassy line instead of following the main track.
En-route to Carn an Tuirc:
We stopped for a brief photo opportunity before making our way up the final
slopes of Carn an Tuirc.
A wee rest:
As we approached the summit of Carn of Tuirc, we got good
views towards the Cairngorms.
We briefly visited the large cairn on Carn an Tuirc before realising that
the featureless terrain behind was actually higher. We therefore visited the
featureless summit and then took the easiest line off of Carn an Tuirc
avoiding most of the boulderfield.
At the summit of Carn an Tuirc:
The walk out was not as bad as I remembered. I recalled the track being a
bit of a boggy mess. On this occasion, it was mostly dry. During the walk
out we spotted a ptarmigan and a grouse.
The walk out:
The final three kilometres or so walking back along the road to reach the
Glenshee Ski Centre was just a case of heads down and crack on. We were both
pleased to get back to my van.
Well done to my daughter on summiting her
17th, 18th and 19th Munro and her 60th Marilyn.