Beinn a' Ghlo


On Sunday 29th March the Club had a great day out to Beinn a' Ghlo. Again a good turn out of members to the planned walk to Beinn a' Ghlo and Glen Tilt. The walkers were greeted with clear blue skies, hardly any wind and no precipitation. There had been an overnight frost and parts of the ground were still frozen and ice could be seen on puddles and icicles were hanging near the burns. Although there was warm sunshine there was also a very cold gentle breeze on the summits.

The Group split into two main parties, with the first group electing to remain low level and tackle a walk in Glen Tilt. This group walked from Bridge of Tilt car park following tracks on the  east side of the River Tilt to Marble Lodge, then continuing to extend the outing and walk on open ground to Forest lodge. The return route following different paths and bridges over the Tilt and walking through mature trees eventually crossing the grounds of Blair castle to reach Blair Atholl.

The second group started at Loch Moraig and headed for Beinn a' Ghlo. The first climb was up the South ridge to the summit of Carn Liath, the first of three Munro's making up the massif known as Beinn a' Ghlo. From here the group continued north dropping down to a coll then climbing again to the second Munro of the day, Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain. At this point the group split into two sections, with one part returning to the starting point and the remainder continuing north to the third Munro of the day, Carn nan Gabhar. From here the route of descent returned to a coll and dropped down firstly through peat bog and then on a newly constructed path back to the starting point.

There was an abundance of wildlife recorded, Roe Deer, Lapwings and Curlew on the lower moorlands, and Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Ravens and Red Deer on the Higher ground. It was pleasing to see some purple saxifrage and cowslip in full bloom reminding the walkers that spring is in the air.