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Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain (Beinn a' Ghlo)


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.
1070 m (3510 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.
66 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.
Height of the corrie of the round lumps (Hill of the mist)

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.

Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain is a complex hill with its summit at the junction of four main ridges. The S ridge is short and branches with the more W branch connecting to Carn Liath and this is the normal access route.

There is a broad N ridge leading down to Carn Torcaidh and the cliffs of Creag Mor overlooking Glen Tilt. The SW ridge is also broad and leads to easy slopes above Glen Tilt.

The remaining ridge runs E to where a spur connects to Carn nan Gabhar (an alternative access route), then N where it divides to produce two parallel ridges.

Lower slopes are heather and the upper slopes grass with stony areas. Slopes are generally moderate, the steepest being to the SE of the summit and the only cliffs lie 2.5km to the N.

Hazards you may encounter on Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Stony/rocky 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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Southeastern Highlands
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain.

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 Routes that include Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1480 m 22.38 km 7 hrs Carn nan Gabhar, Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain and Carn Liath  Beinn a' Ghlo is a classic route on moderate heather/grass slopes leading to stony summits. This complex mountain could be difficult to navigate in poor visibility.  

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Roy and John in the sun - most unusual

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Jorja & Maura (in the background) at the summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn- Bhalgain. Both on leads for the safety of other hillwalker's sandwiches.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgian

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Robin, Charmaine, Bill & Scott on the hail swept, freezing, windy summit of Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain - 28th May 2011.

© Lynda Langlands

Image by Lynda Langlands
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Richard Aston
wrote on
August 8, 2010
This is a good hill and an easy ridge walk, but i found returning to carn liath from Chruinn-bhalgain tricky. In heavy rain and mist i managed to over shoot the main south-west section of ridge linking to carn liath and ended up descending the south-east spur, coming out on the eastern side of the mountain, opposite Beinn Bheag. A section to take more care over in misty weather, as the walk back was long and boggy!
Leon Mooney
wrote on
July 23, 2010
Climbed on 22/7/10 after a fairly easy descent of Carn Liath. The view of the corrie surrounded by this hill, Carn Liath and Beinn Bheag was great and gave me a look at part of my return route for the day. Met another couple at the summit who had seen a weasel running amid the rocks just before I arrived. After they headed off, the waps had only one target to focus on and I had to eat on foot, admiring the fine view of Carn a' Chlamain across Glen Tilt.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
May 17, 2010
Beinn A’ Ghlo is a spectacular range, I have now climbed 44 Munros and this is the most beautiful by far. The views all around are stunning and I would recommend it for a dry clear sunny day if possible. The path is obvious most of the way round and the view from the top of Carn Liath to Braigh Coire Chrunn Bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar is awe inspiring.
Denis Donoghue
wrote on
July 25, 2005
This is a classic walk and, although long, is not overly demanding. I would try and pick a clear day for this walk because the views of the hill are amazing. And I would think it would be a navigational nightmare in low cloud which would make a long day even longer.

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