The Cairnwell, Carn a' Gheoidh & Carn Aosda from Glenshee
The Cairnwell  Carn a' Gheoidh  Carn Aosda


Estimated net time 3½-4 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
The whole route, except most of the climb to The Cairnwell, is done on fine path. Navigation might be an issue when poor visibility.
Drinking water A couple of small streams along the route, including one draining from the small lake halfway to Carn a' Gheoidh.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (June 2011).
Parking Room for many cars at car park by trail head.
Start height 650 metres
Vertical metres 675 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 11.7 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Approximate route from Glenshee ski-centre to The Cairnwell.
  Approximate route towards Carn a' Gheoidh.


From Perth drive approximately 64 km north on road A93, to the Glenshee ski-centre. Park on the left hand side of the road, in front of the ski-centre buildings.

Start your hike by walking past the main ski-centre buildings, and then turning left onto a path. Follow this path up to where you meet the ski lift, and then turn left and head uphill towards the ridge of The Cairnwell. There is no path up here, and the ground can be a little wet, but hiking is easy. At around 800 metres you will find a path, which will take you up to the ridge. From here turn left and follow the obvious path to the summit of The Cairnwell.

From The Cairnwell head back down along the ridge, past two obvious humps, and then turn left onto a narrow path. This path runs south-west all the way to Carn a' Gheoidh, but is quite vague in places. But the terrain is easy, so the only potential issue is navigating if the visibility is poor. The summit of Carn a' Gheoidh is marked by a cairn.

From Carn a' Gheoidh return to the path between The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda, turn left and climb Carn Aosda. This summit is also marked by a cairn. Descend your ascent route down to 890 metres, turn left onto the wide path, and follow this path back down to the ski-centre.



02. June 2011

Thursday, and day #2 of this year's visit to Scotland. I decided to visit Glenshee and hike these three easy Munros. It was a fairly windy day, but fine temperatures and mainly sunny. This area is obviously a popular area for hiking, and I met a lot of other hikers on The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda.

I did my hike at a fair pace, and after the hike drove straight back to Pitlochry in order to celebrate Håvard's 50th together with the other guys.
Photos 02.06.2011