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Carn Liath [Braemar]


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.
862 m (2828 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.
74 of 222 Corbetts
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

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.

You can click on the map name to purchase the map for £6.29 including postage which is one of the cheapest prices we have found.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  36   Grantown & Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountains
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl
Only £6.29  (£13.49 Laminated) from  

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

Carn Liath and Culardoch (Corbett) lie either side of the Bealach Dearg and are usually climbed together. The walk in is quite long, which adds to the logic of bagging both hills in a single expedition.

Carn Liath has two tops on the summit ridge, an un-named top (862m) to the NW and Carn Liath (862) to the south east (Corbett Baggers are recommended to visit both tops in case future technology indicates the second top to be the true summit).

Carn Liath is almost divided in two by two corries, Liath-choire Mhor to the NE and Coire Glas Allt Beag to the SW. From the 862m top a long ridge runs SSW to Meall Glasail Mor (676m) and from Carn Liath a parallel long ridge runs SSW to Meikle Elrick (709m), with a spur E to Creag a chait (649m).

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Liath [Braemar] include
 Unbridged River to cross.
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
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.
Picture Gallery for Carn Liath [Braemar]

A selection of weather forecasts local to #GetMountain.Top_Name#.

Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Carn Liath [Braemar] Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Liath [Braemar].

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 Routes that include Carn Liath [Braemar]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 940 m 28.79 km 7.5 hrs Culardoch and Carn Liath [Braemar]  A long route partly on hill tracks to two Corbetts, a big day Not Yet Rated 

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

 Baggers Gallery for Carn Liath [Braemar]

Its as cold as it looks on summit. 15/05/2014

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

James trying to shelter from strong, cold wind at one of the cairns on summit. 15/05/2014

© Eileen Stark

Image by Eileen Stark

Me At Summit Carn Liath 10/03/12

© David Peden

Image by David Peden

Me at summit Carn Liath 10/03/12 on a very windy day

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly
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Recently Climbed By
John Mortimer on 17 Jun 2018

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Carn Liath [Braemar] and Culardoch
by David McSporran
Carn Liath [Braemar] and Culardoch
by Alasdair Cairns

Post a few words about Carn Liath [Braemar] or read what others have had to say.

Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
April 4, 2009
2nd April 2009. Very good view of the Ben Avon plateau. We felt that the highest point might in fact be at 165973, south of the 862 metre point. We descended by the wall running south from the summit and by-passed Creag a’ Chait on the west before re-joining the track to Keiloch.

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