Càrn an Fhidhleir

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Càrn an Fhidhleir
Aberdeenshire, Inverness-shire, Perthshire
Carn an Fhidhleir - geograph.org.uk - 1054007.jpg
Carn an Fhidhleir from Bràigh Sròn Ghorm
Range: Tarf and Tilt Hills
Summit: 3,261 feet NN904841
56°56’7"N, 3°48’10"W

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

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.


The edge of a plantation up to the summit

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 SgarsochAn SocachBeinn DeargBeinn Iutharn MhòrBeinn a' GhlòCàrn a' ChlamainCarn a' GheoidhCàrn an FhidhleirCarn an RighCarn AosdaCàrn BhacBeinn a' GhlòBeinn a' GhlòGlas TulaicheanThe Cairnwell