Munros starting with C
Cac Carn Beag
|The mountain Lochnagar with its three peaks curves around a massive corrie with impressive cliffs enclosing the loch of the same name, Lochnagar. |
Cac Carn Beag the highest summit lies to the NW, Cuidhe Crom (1083m) to the SE and Meikle Pap (980m) to the NE (giving the classic view of the cliffs).
To the W of Cac Carn Beag are cliffs overlooking Loch nan Eun and there are crags to the N. To the SW is high moorland connecting to Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach
|The summit of Cairn Bannoch is gentle rise on a broad plateau, that runs from Cairn of Gowal (983m) and Fafernie (1000m) NW towards Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. 1.5km to the SW lie the crags of Creag Leachdach on the steep slopes of Glen Callater and 1km to the E lie the crags of Creag an Dubh-loch. |
Cairn Bannoch has a broad SE ridge to Cairn of Gowal from where a broad col connects to Broad Cairn. Normal access is by path from Broad Cairn, but for alonger approach you may use Jock's Road from Glen Callater or Glen Doll.
|Cairn Gorm has many ridges on its N and W slopes giving rise to a series of corries. Of these Coire Cas and Coire na Ciste are scarred by ski equipment and debris and are best avoided unless you are in a hurry, in which case you may as well use the ski lift. |
To the S and E are steep slopes some craggy leading to Loch Avon and Strath Nethy.
Cairn Gorm can be ascended from Coire an Lochain and Cairn Lochan to the SW, Ben Macdui to the SSW, Loch Avon to the S or from the N ridges of Cairn Gorm, all of which offer better views.
Cairn of Claise
|Cairn of Claise is a gentle rise on the W margin of a high moorland plateau. |
To its W are the steep rocky slopes of Garbh-Choire, and to the S the even steeper slopes into Caenlochan Glen. Between these a winding ridge connects to the NE ridge of Glas Maol from where a path leads NW to Sron na Gaoithe and to the road.
To the N and NW of the plateau are steep rocky slopes into Glen Callater but to the W of these a col leads to Carn an Tuirc from where a path descends W to the road in Glen.
|To the E and N of Cairn Toul are cliffs contributing to the western wall of the Lairig Ghru, but to the W and the S (at least as far as the Buidheanach of Cairntoul) the slopes are easy. |
An easy path from the E leads from the Corrour Bothy in the Lairig Ghru through Coire Odhar to a col NW of the Devils Point. The route continues NNW on easy slopes to the summit of Cairn Toul.
Easy ascents are also possible from either Glen Feshie or Gleann Einich. Due to its proximity to Sgor an Lochain Uaine these mountains are invariably climbed together.
Carn a' Chlamain
|Carn a' Chlamain is the highest of a cluster of peaks on the north side of Glen Tilt. Its N and E slopes are gentle leading down to Meall Tionail and Conlach Mhor. Equally gentle slopes lead W to Braigh nan Creagan Bhreac then S to Braigh Clais Daimh to the W of which are steep slopes into Gleann Mhairc. |
SW of the summit a deep elongated corrie is enclosed by a long ridge, SW down to Clachghlas in Glen Tilt. This ridge gives an easy ascent of Carn a' Chlamain, or if you prefer a path from Forest Lodge in Glen Tilt runs almost to the summit.
Carn a' Choire Bhoideach
|From the summit plateau, Carn a' Choire Bhoideach appears little more than a gentle rise on high moorland, yet 500m to the N are the steep crags of "The Stuic" overlooking Loch nan Eun, and 1km to the S, steeper slopes lead down to the crags of Eagles Rock. |
To the NW a short ridge connects to Carn an t-Sagairt Beag, to the NE a broad ridge connects to Lochnagar, a long E ridge leads down to Loch Muick and a SE ridge overlooks the Dubh Loch. Upper slopes are gentle to moderate, but there are steep slopes overlooking the Dubh Loch and Loch Muick.
Carn a' Gheoidh
|Carn a' Gheoidh is a conical hill with a gently rounded summit. The slopes to the N are easy with two broad ridges the more westerly, which is longer, leads to an approach track by the Baddoch Burn. |
To the S the slopes are steeper but still accessible. To the W a ridge connects to Carn Bhinnein from where steep and rocky slopes overlook Gleann Taitneach.
To the E a broad ridge connects to Carn nan Sac, whose steep and sometimes craggy slopes form a corrie with the equally steep slopes connecting to The Cairnwell. The normal access route from Glen Shee takes you along the rim of this corrie.
Carn a' Mhaim
|Carn a' Mhaim, overlooking Glen Dee has a long ridge descending N to a beallach at 800m, lying S of the summit of Ben MacDui. |
The W slopes of this ridge are craggy and steep and best avoided, whereas the E slopes are of a more moderate incline. From the summit a short broad ridge to the SE terminates in the crags of Coire na Poite.
Carn a' Mhaim is normally ascended via its S slopes from the path leading from Glen Luibeg to the Lairig Ghru.
Carn an Fhidhleir
|Carn an Fhidhleir, also known as Carn Ealar, is a triangular pyramid, with the summit at the junction of three ridges. The SE ridge leads a minor top (906m) W of which a bealach links to An Sgarsoch. |
There is a W ridge which turns SW to continue over a series of minor tops, and a short N ridge, which is the normal route of ascent from the track in Glen Geldie.
An ascent from the bothy in Glen Tarf, on the SE ridge is possible via Leachdann Feith Seasgachain. All slopes are moderate to easy.