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Carn an Fhidhleir


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.
994 m (3261 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.
148 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.
Cairn like peak of the fiddler

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
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

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.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn an Fhidhleir include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
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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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
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East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Carn an Fhidhleir Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn an Fhidhleir.

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 Routes that include Carn an Fhidhleir
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1515 m 49.95 km 12.5 hrs An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir  This is a strenuous cycle/walk route which can be completed in about 10h providing you cycle the first section as described.  
2 1122 m 41.56 km 10.5 hrs An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir  Easy route on easy to moderate slopes with short vegetation. N.B.Cycles can be used for much of the approach route.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn an Fhidhleir

 Baggers Gallery for Carn an Fhidhleir

Roy and John in the usual Scottish summit weather

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Roy and John enduring a wet and windy summit.

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Jorja at the summit of Carn an Fhidhleir. July 2013. A long old route from Linn of Dee for dogs AND folk.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Tino & Ollie Carn an Fhidhleir 17-04-11

© Alan Cantwell

Image by Alan Cantwell
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Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch
by Neil Cuthbert
Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch
by Brian Doolan
Carn an Fhidhleir
by Doug Tulloch
Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch
by Brian Howarth
Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch
by Kenny Mcneill

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David Orr
wrote on
March 21, 2016
I did this hill and its neighbour with my pal on the 5 March 2016. Turned in to a bit of a disastrous day for kit losses as I managed to misplace one glove and a helmet. In the offhand chance that anyone is out/has been out in the last few weeks and find a bright yellow helmet lying around feel free to drop me an email! Thanks. David
Gus Stewart
wrote on
June 5, 2012
Decided to walk rather than cycle. 9 hours, 57 minutes for both hills from Linn of Dee. There is now an excellent path from the lodge to the base of Carn an Fidhleir, at the end of which cross the stream and ascend directly SW to the summit. Follow the path off the top directly south for about 1k, descend steeply to the col and climb the easy heathery slopes of An Sgarsoch Then the seemingly endless long walk in!
Bruce Sloan
wrote on
September 5, 2010
Don't know what all the fuss was about ! Easy hills. 8 hours exactly from start to finish from Linn of Dee (half hour break and 130 photos taken). Glad I took my Freeride bike though!!! The hardest bit was the midges. Saw one other guy splashing his face in river near Geldie lodge (wild camping ?) He followed me after I deposited my bike in the heather. After the start of climb at Carn an Fhidhleir, I never saw him again. I kept looking back to no avail. I was hoping he would catch up for a blether at summit cairn. He must have had other plans. Nice day out.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
September 11, 2009
10th September 2009. Walked from Linn of Dee. More water in rivers than previous visit. The Allt Dhaidh Mor can be crossed a little upstream. It was boots off to wade the Geldie; it is reasonably shallow 40 yards west of the ford. A ten hour walk for the one hill.
Stephen Harte
wrote on
August 27, 2009
Walked in from Linn of Dee with my dog Susie it is approx 16km of good track before you start the climb to Carn an Fhidhleir. We climbed both Munro’s Carn an Fhidhleir first and then Sgarsoch. Interesting Munro’s with great views from the tops definitely worth the effort. If you decide to walk in worth remembering there are four river/burn crossings.

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