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Carn Gorm


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.
1029 m (3375 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.
103 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.
Blue cairn shaped hill

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.

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  51   Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

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

Carn Gorm is bulky mountain to the N of Glen Lyon. It has a distinct summit, marked by a small cairn, (N.B. trig point is not the summit!) at the junction of four ridges.

The longest, NW ridge, leads down gentle slopes to Rannoch Forest, although a descent of its W slope gives access to a steep sided glen, Dubh Choirein, leading to a track through the forest to Camusvrachan in Glen Lyon.

The narrow NE ridge connects to Meall Garbh via An Sgorr (924m) which can be bypassed to the NW. Both the SW and SE ridges lead to Glen Lyon.

The terrain is generally moderate to easy grass slopes with scattered rock outcrops particularly to the S. The SE ridge is the preferred ascent route from Inverar although forests on its lower slopes have to be navigated.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn Gorm include
 Crags 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
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lawers
by Metcheck
Carn Gorm Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn Gorm.

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 Routes that include Carn Gorm
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1485 m 17.43 km 6.5 hrs Carn Mairg, Carn Gorm, Meall nan Aighean and Meall Garbh [Glen Lyon]  Relatively long route, but once at altitude the going is easy on short grass.  

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Ignore this. It is a breach of the access laws in Scotland.

© James Corrigan

Image by James Corrigan

Summit of Carn Gorm

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

Me at the summit of Carn Gorm, completing my 50th munro

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown

carn gorm

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan
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Eric Cyl
wrote on
June 17, 2013
Found this very pleasant going which is not normal for me as I can only come up from England only so often, weather very good, views lovely.
James Lindsay
wrote on
March 4, 2013
Climbed on 3 March 2013. Six of us left the car park at Invervar at 0915 all kitted up with ice axe and crampons, some cloud threatened but spirits were high. we first conquered Carn Gorm Meall Garbh Cairn Mairg then Meall nan Aighean. There was snow on the higher ground but no need for crampons or axe as there were plenty of steps from other walkers. 100% cloud free summits but no photos as the camera batteries were flat. We topped the final munro at 4.05pm and after a swift descent arrived back at the car for 5.45. All great day out with good company and a flying start to 2013.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
June 20, 2010
Climbed on 19/6/10 in clear conditions. This is a fairly straigthforward climb - pathed nearly all of the way. Once you emerge from the forest there is a rather wobbly bridge to cross. The folk ahead of me seemed to take different routes to get onto the path to the right of the forest - a section of the part I was on looks to have collapsed into the burn and maybe handrailing the forest would have been easier. A few false summits and the fallen trig point just beyond the summit gave a little shelter from the freezing wind. A quick bite then onto Meall Garbh.
Andrew Blair
wrote on
August 27, 2009
Did the four on my own with great views of the Ben Lawers range & Schiehallion. I could see as far as Ben More & Stob Binnein through the haze. Invervar Burn was in spate with roaring rapids which made it a significant obstacle as I chose to follow the track beyond the bridge & was forced to cross further up rather precariously on rocks. Once up on the ridge though it was plain sailing to Carn Gorm & the only real hardship for the rest of the route walk was gravity itself. I had a great time on this walk & I was pleased to set a good pace yet still manage to be sociable & take lots of pics.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
July 27, 2009
My son Alan, Border Collies Tino & Ollie & I did the “Glen Lyon 4” on Saturday the 25th July 2009, we finally got the spectacular cloud free views we’ve missed on our last two outings which made this brilliant walk all the more enjoyable!

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