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Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1006 m (3300 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
127 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Grey cairn like peak

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  34   Fort Augustus, Glen Albyn & Glen Roy

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

The summit of Carn Liath is a gentle rise on a broad ridge running NE for more than 4km to terminate in the crags of Coire a Bhein.

To the N of this ridge there are gentle slopes down to the Glenshirra Forest but to the S, steeper slopes are punctuated by the crags of Coire nan Gall and Coire Dubh.

S of the summit a broad ridge leads down to Na Cnapanan from where easy access to the path in Coire Ardair can be attained. To the W of this ridge are steep heather slopes into Coire Ardair.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Liath [Loch Laggan] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Liath [Loch Laggan].

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 Routes that include Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1334 m 20.46 km 6.5 hrs Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair and Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]  Long but relatively easy route. Approach is on well maintained path, but summit of Creag Meagaidh may be difficult to locate in poor visibility. Descent path is muddy in places. Coire Ardair is beautiful, and the views from route to Carn Liath are excelle  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]

 Baggers Gallery for Carn Liath [Loch Laggan]

Alex & Munro at the top of Carn Liath 20/03/2016

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

Chris and Glen the border collie on the summit of Carn Liath - New Years Day 2011

© Chris Mercer

Image by Chris Mercer

At the top of Carn Liath, my first Munro!

© Jillian Mclaren

Image by Jillian Mclaren

Cairn Liath on 29/04/2010 with broken cloud.

© Richard Preston

Image by Richard Preston
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Post a few words about Carn Liath [Loch Laggan] or read what others have had to say.

Alex Bryce
wrote on
December 30, 2006
Start walking on the path from Aberarder and once the path starts climbing keep a sharp eye out for a distinct path which begins climbing to the left. Tried building a wee cairn to mark it when I was there but may not still be there. Worth saving for a clear day as the views south would be very spectacular.
Steven Morrow
wrote on
March 29, 2005
A good beginners Munro, steep initial climb good views and if tired after Carn Liath walk over ridge turn left and goto mountain bothy, on western slope well worth the effort as an original bothy with upper floors still intact.

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