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Geal Chàrn (Beinn a’ Chlachair)

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Geal Chàrn

Mullach Coire to Iubhair
Blick vom südwestlich liegenden Beinn a’ Chlachair zum Gipfel des Geal Chàrn

View from the southwestern Beinn a’ Chlachair to the summit of Geal Chàrn

Height 1049 mASL
Location Highlands, Scotland
Mountain Grampian Mountains
Schartenhöhe 310 m
Coordinates 56° 53′ 52″ N, 4° 27′ 26″ WCoordinates 56° 53′ 52″ N, 4° 27′ 26″ W
Geal Chàrn (Beinn a’ Chlachair) (Schottland)
Geal Chàrn (Beinn a’ Chlachair)

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Geal Chàrn, also referred to as Mullach Coire an Iubhair,[1] is a Munro and Marilyn-ranked, 1049-metre-high mountain in Scotland. Its Gaelic name can be roughly translated as White Mountain or White Peak.[2]

It is situated in the Council Area Highland in the Grampian Mountains east of Spean Bridge between Loch Laggan and Loch Ericht in the lonely mountain landscape of the Ardverikie Forest. In total there are three Munros and various other peaks in the Ardverikie Forest, of which Geal Chàrn is the second highest. To the south, separated by An Lairig some 500 metres below, is the mountain range north of Ben Alder.

View from north to Geal Chàrn, on the left below the summit the Coire an Iubhair Mòr

View from the summit to the east, in the background Loch Ericht, behind it Beinn Udlamain

Geal Chàrn is a fairly broad mountain with a wide summit plateau, sloping rather gently on almost all sides and dominated by stony moss and heath. The exceptions are the south side, which slopes steeply in places to Loch a’ Bealaich Leamhain, and the Coire an Iubhair Mòr, a deeply cut, rocky and steep cirque on the north side. To the west of this cirque runs the north ridge of Geal Chàrn, and to the east the prominent northeast ridge known as Sròn Garbh. On the north side as well as on the south-east side, there are only a few steeper sections with rocks and scree in the lower areas. To the west of the steep south side, there is a passage via the Bealach Leamhain at an altitude of about 730 metres to the neighbouring Beinn a’ Chlachair to the southwest, the highest peak of the mountain group

Many Munro baggers combine an ascent of Geal Chàrn with the two neighbouring Munros Beinn a’ Chlachair and Creag Pitridh. The starting point is a car park off the A86 at the small settlement of Moy, west of Loch Laggan. From there the approach is via forest tracks and later hunting trails past Lochan na h-Earba along the stream Allt Coire Pitridh to Bealach Leamhain, from where the extensive summit plateau can be reached via the broad, gently rising west side. Alternatively, the less pronounced north ridge on the west side of the Coire at Iubhair Mòr and the broad south-east slopes can be used as ascents and descents, but require much longer approaches through partly trackless and uninhabited moorland and heathland, starting from Kinloch Laggan and Dalwhinnie respectively.

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Individual references

  1. Ordnance Survey (ed.): Geal Charn, Highland (or Mullach Coire an Iubhair) (PH20 1BX), getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk, accessed 23 July 2020 (English)
  2. Geal Chàrn at www.munromagic.com, retrieved 23 July 2020 (English)