Name:Geal-charn
Hill number:392
Height:917.1m / 3009ft
RHB Section:05A: Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie and Glen Garry
County/UA:Highland
Catchment:Spey, Catchment Boundaries, Tay
Watershed:Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Firth of Tay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, High Hills of Britain,
Murdo, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,HHB,Mur,Y)
Grid ref:NN 59646 78252
Summit feature:rock 5m E of windshelter
Drop:178m
Col:739m  NN592766  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 42
(1:25k) OL50 393
Observations:cairn on E top at NN 59772 78288 is 0.6m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Geal-charn (Final).doc
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From Balsporran Cottages large carpark up track N of Allt Beul an Sporain, to high pt. Track towards Creagan Mor, leaving it to cross short mossy grass after 400m. Back direct to track x roads. Good track then intermittent path to Geal Charn in sunshine. Motorway off heading S then E and NE to A Mharconaich in thick mist. Bearing to Bruach nan Iomairean cairn then bearings and fence line E on ok to rough ground and peat hags before ascent of An Torc. Some ATV tracks here. Still in mist. Off N down heathery slope to pick up track be Allt an Tuirc 500m SW of mast. Good track out and 1km on cycle route alongside A9. 18km, 900m climb. 4:44 moving. Good navigation day, no phones allowed!Lynnebe01/05/2024
Parked at Balsporran Cottages. Circular walk taking in A' Mharconaich (973.2m) Bruach nan Iomairean (969.8m), Beinn Udlamain (1010.2m), An Sgulan (865m), Old Sgairneach Mhor (963m), Sgairneach Mhor (991m), Sgairneach Mhor E Top (758m) and the Sow of Atholl (798.9m). Then a separate circular walk around Geal-charn (917.1m) at the end due to an error at the start. Generally clear and sunny but cloud on some summits, still a nice walk with some snow on the ground but not too much. I'd made a mistake at the start but was confident I'd be able to climb this munro at the end as a separate walk, I got back to the car at 5pm from the main loop and set off. This had been in cloud at the start so it wouldn't have made any difference, but had cleared for most of the day. I knew I wouldn't be quick enough, I got to the south cairn and enjoyed the great view from there but the cloud dropped onto the summit before I made it. I continued from the summit to the valley head and dropped back. /Dmeltdiceburg01/04/2024
First of four Munros from DrumochterDenise 03/10/2023
Parked at Balsporran Cottages. Circuit of Geal Charn, Bruach nan Lomairean, A'Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, old Sgairneach Mhor, Sgairneach Mhor, Sgairneach Mhor E Top and the Sow of Atholl. Prepositioned second car at the road to take us back to Balsporran Cottages to save the 4km cycle path walk. Blustery but generally clear and an enjoyable walk. With Gillian, Denise, Tony and Zoe and meeting Bernard and Sarah on some of the tops.richard6903/10/2023
El's first munro. With mum + dad.fionaross9315/09/2023
2 of 10: From Creagan Mor. With Sam and Tim.ChrisR27/08/2023
Final hill then over the end to find the path below, cross the railway and back along the A9 to lay-by 79colinfielding26/04/2023
Geal-charn (Drumochter), Bruach nan Iomairean, A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Sgairneach Mhor (Old), Sgairneach Mhor, Sgairneach Mhor East Top & The Sow of Atholl (Meall an Dobharchain) from parking at Balsporran CottageJasonStark01/04/2023
West Drumochter Munros plus Sow. Sunshine but one light-ish shower on Mharconaich. Left bike at Dalnaspidal. En route to Inverness. Rounsfell05/08/2022
Geal Charn & A'Mharconaich from Balsporran.Crib Goch04/08/2022
With Martha. SW wind, gusting 35/40mph around midday made walking a little awkward on occasion, dying out as day progressed. Also Beinn Udlamain, A'Mharconaich & Sgairneach Mhor. Tops mostly in the clouds.Neily There03/08/2022
Repeated with Yeltzbagger. Circuit including A’MharconaichStevie n Tay17/07/2022
Clockwise circuit of A'Mharconaich and Geal Charn from Balsporran with DRC.TRG31808/05/2022
From layby 79 on the A9. Clockwise circuit of Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A' Mharconaich & Geal-charn, then walk back down the cycle path parallel to the A9.welshyboyo26/03/2022
Circuit of Geal-charn and A'Mharconaich, with Alex D at end of CHMC Cairngorms Winter Triptleach1218/03/2022
With D, very windy at top so came back down instead of doing second.Rodge04/01/2022
From Balsporran Cottages. Sunny on the way out but descended in to misty rain from 600m or so. Iced coffees on the top to celebrate a brilliant 2021. With GFE. 7.65km, 2 hours 11minutes round trip.Fionalevey31/12/2021
With a group. From Balsporran cottages. Linear walk taking in the four Munros.liljonb16/10/2021
Geal Charn & A'Mharconaich from Balsporran. Hot & sunny.thekirkie pirate08/09/2021
Balsporran Cottages - Geal-charn - A’ Mharconaich - Bruach nan Iomairean - Beinn Udlamain - Sgairneach Mhor - The Sow of Atholl - footbridge at NN620750 - track and A9 cycle path back to Balsporran.Mark Jackson25/08/2021
Stopped in car park on way home, legged it upLittledave08/08/2021
Make sure you take the right path up the nose as easy path to follow up over a false summit to the top. Heading south west down the path to the colAristotle Chip30/05/2021
A' Mharconaich and Geal Chàrn, Drumochter, Walkhighlands Routehummusg19/05/2021
With Jack, Joe, Jim On way back from Ben Alder traverse (backpacking)fellie03/05/2021
Ben Alder Traverse / Smash and Grabfellwanderer9203/05/2021
Solo round of A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn (first time back in the B3s since January) - slushy snow low down but deeper powdery snow higher up. No visibility above 800m, but sky cleared as I got back down to near the car (non-shocker). 4h 35min total time.mproudfoot06/12/2020
Anticlockwise loop from layby 79 on a9 via B&B then up! All tops in this area except the boar. Couldn't face it after the steep ascent and descent from the sow. Just under 7hrs including walk inNicky C24/08/2020
Brilliant day out with Brian Smith (and Gus), excellent conditions and superb views.Kevthecat23/07/2020
Did along with A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamainsupermario23/07/2020
Winter ascent from Balsporran Cottages. White Out on summit so did not continue to A'Mharconaich but descended on compass bearing back to Balsporran.knarf27/02/2020
From Balsporran cottages, along tracks up ridge to Geal-charn, descending S then up surprisingly good path to the A' Mharconaich ridge and along to summit, returning SW to col with Beinn Udlamain, across summit descending S to Carn 'Ic Loumhaidh and up track to Sgairneach Mhor, descending along rim of Coire Creagach and NE to bridge across Allt Coire Dhomhain (NN61974 75049, marked on Harvey map), then along track to A9 (and cycled back to Balsporran). With JAS.kdbennett13/10/2019
From Balsporran Cottages as per WH. Route abandoned due to bad weather, return via bealach to W then track back to Balsporran.TRG31802/09/2019
Main path from A9. Hot day and good views.mcbboyd03/08/2019
With Karen and Buster...wet n windyHighland Days19/06/2019
Ascent of Gael-charn from Balsporran Cottage via track to the south of Allt Beul an Sporain. On to A’Mharconaich. Along ridge, following fence line, to Beinn Udlamain. Descent to head waters of Allt Coire Dhomhain and ascent of Sgairneach Mhor. Descent via Coire Creagach and Dalnaspidal Forest to track in valley, and return to car along A9.raymooremanx15/06/2019
Tandem tourTeasyChris21/05/2019
2nd ascentdmckeith12/05/2019
JW HFB19/04/2019
Out and back from the A9. Combination of 60mph winds and icy summit made standing up a bit of a challenge!Geoff Briggs09/02/2019
59th Munrolojzi86062126/12/2018
From Creagan Mor descended to bealach over Coire Beul an Sporain then up to summit. Great views to W. Saw some mountain hare in winter coat. Cold and windy at top.187lenny18/11/2018
With Alex, light snow cover, sunny day.gettingonabit28/10/2018
Drumochter 4 roundquadbarrel18/10/2018
Quick and direct ascent and descent from Balsporran in horrific weatherTisteln19/09/2018
B&A. With Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, & A' Mharconaich.Morning11/08/2018
From Balsporran Cottages. Up the track then easy-ish ascent up past cairns, cloud clearing as the afternoon went on. A delight on a very underrated hill.the pigguy 13/07/2018
On TGO ChallengeColin Crawford16/05/2018
On skis, Newtonmore meet neil hutton11/03/2018
Geal-Charn & A' Mharconaich circuit from Balsporran cottages. Clear sunny day. Snow from low level, deep at times on descent.Ajm031026/01/2018
With M+D in snowRodge07/01/2018