Geal Charn, Alder

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Geal Charn
Geal Charn - view down to Loch Ossian - - 262301.jpg
View down to Loch Ossian from Geal Charn
Range: Alder
Summit: 3,714 feet NN469746
56°50’15"N, 4°30’40"W

Geal Charn or Geal-Chàrn is a mountain amongst the Alder group of the Grampian Mountains; one of four Munros of that name in Inverness-shire. Geal Charn of the Alder group is itself listed as a Munro, as it reaches a height of 3,714 feet at its summit.

Geal Charn is the most easterly Munro in a group of three which rise from on a long craggy ridge running from Strath Ossian in the south-west to Loch Pattack in the north-east. It is found nine miles north-east of Corrour railway station


Geal Charn is a large, flat-topped Munro with serious crags to its north and north-east, remote and beautiful. A long ridge runs from the summit to the north-east which separates two corries and connects Geal Charn to the outlying Munro Carn Dearg, which can be added to a hike to bag both, if the walker has energy enough. A south-west ridge runs to Aonach Beag by way of a high col.

Directly east of the summit lies a subsidiary top of Sgor Iutharn and this ridge continues east dropping down sharply to the valley floor. This is the ridge normally used for the ascent or descent from the group of Munros and makes a fine end to a long day.


Geal Charn and its neighbouring Munros are among the most remote and are well placed back from any public roads.

Access is by a long walk either from Glen Spean to the north or from Dalwhinne to the north-east. Corrour halt just west of Loch Ossian is handy for the mountain.