Càrn an Fhidhleir
|Càrn an Fhidhleir|
|Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire, Perthshire|
Carn an Fhidhleir from Bràigh Sròn Ghorm
|Range:||Tarf and Tilt Hills|
|Summit:|| 3,261 feet NN904841 |
Càrn an Fhidhleir, also known as Carn Ealar, is a mountain of the Tarf and Tilt Hills, part of the Grampian Mountains posed to the south of the Cairngorms. Its summit marks the meeting of three counties: Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire and Perthshire. Càrn an Fhidhleir reaches a height of 3,261 feet at its summit, and so it qualifies as a Munro.
Càrn an Fhidhleir is the most northern Munro is this region and is normally climbed in conjunction with neighbouring Munro, An Sgarsoch; these are among some of the most remote of the Munros: this region is said to be the furthest you can get from a tarred public road in Britain, so there is a long walk ahead of you no matter which direction you are coming from. The hill itself is a rounded summit with little in the way of crags. The steepest slopes are on either side of the north-east summit ridge. A south-east ridge runs to a low col before climbing to the summit of neighbouring Munro, An Sgarsoch. This ridge is wide on peaty ground giving little in the way of technical difficulties.
Meall Tionail is a substantial subsidiary top just to the west of Carn an Fhidhleir's main summit (NN891848; 56°56’30"N, 3°49’25"W). It reaches 2,949 feet and so narrowly fails to qualify as a Munro Top. The name 'Meall Tionail' means "Hill of the Gathering".
The peak is noted for its granite outcrop.
In this remote spot, a long walk is needed, whether from the north at the A9, walking up past Glen Feshie Lodge, or from the north-east following the River Dee. Another common route is from the south, from north of Blair Atholl up through Glen Tilt. Either direction allows a lot of the distance to be covered on bike through a network of stalkers paths.
Càrn an Fhidhleir is thus "an expedition Munro", for though it is not spectacular, the journey to it is worthwhile for its own sake.
|Munros in SMC Area SMC Section 6 - Glen Garry to Braemar|
An Sgarsoch • An Socach • Beinn Dearg • Beinn Iutharn Mhòr • Beinn a' Ghlò • Càrn a' Chlamain • Carn a' Gheoidh • Càrn an Fhidhleir • Carn an Righ • Carn Aosda • Càrn Bhac • Beinn a' Ghlò • Beinn a' Ghlò • Glas Tulaichean • The Cairnwell