Glas Maol & Creag Leacach

Summary for Glas Maol & Creag Leacach

Glas Maol & Creag Leacach is a route in “The Glen Shee East” region / range which is located in the Glen Shee to Mount Keen area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a circular route

Sunrise 4:27 am
Sunset 10:05 pm
17 hours 38 minutes(s) daylight
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11 km/ 6.84 miles730 m/ 2395.01 ft5 hours
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Route over a couple of munros situated on the south west of the Mounth Plateau. This route is an easy one due to the high start point from the carpark just to the south of the Devils Elbow on the A93 at about 500m.

From the car park just head along a path to the east over a bridge where Allt coire a' Bathaich & Allt a Choire Sheiridh meet. After a couple of hundren metres the path changes direction and heads northward directly up a grassy ridge towards the ski-tows on the col beneath Meall Odhar. Once on this col climb easterly over a stony slope onto Meall Odhar marked with a cairn & ski-tow. From this summit point it's another 100m onto the first munro of the day Glas Maol which is also the highest of hills to the east of the A93. Onto the next munro is along the Creag Leacach ridge which is reached on the south west where a disused stone wall and fence follows the line of the old county boundary onto the munro summit.

Descent and return from Creag Leacach is by following the widening ridge onto the satellite top (943m). From here descend steeply to the north-west to reach Meall Gorm (759m) where direction is changed heading north down grassy slopes into corrie to reach the starting point on the A93 car-park.

Route points for Glas Maol & Creag Leacach

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NO13877571239° WSW0.19 (0.19)Leave parking area heading east along path
NO13897553134° SE0.13 (0.32)Cross over the Allt a' Ghlinne Bhig by footbridge
NO13987543121° ESE0.21 (0.53)Follow path for a couple hundred metres
NO1416753231° NNE0.18 (0.71)Follow path north up grassy slopes
NO14857742115° ESE0.08 (0.79)At col climb east keeping to the side of the ski-tows
NO1526773269° ENE0.13 (0.92)Climb over the summit cairn and the ski tow
NO1551772998° E0.23 (1.15)Glas Maol - Meall Odhar
NO15747725140° SE0.27 (1.42)Head steeply up the onto summit of Glas Maol
NO16617656242° WSW0.57 (1.99)The summit Glas Maol - 1068 ( metres)
NO16107630204° SSW0.45 (2.44)Heading southwest over screes & grass
NO15907590168° SSE0.48 (2.92)Pass a cairn which marks the summit of Bathach Beag
NO15997543185° S0.18 (3.1)From col 933m head over knoll onto summit
NO15377452208° SSW0.38 (3.48)The summit Creag Leacach - 987 ( metres)
NO15197419251° WSW0.21 (3.69)Head along stony ridge
NO14817409301° WNW0.6 (4.29)Creag Leacach - South West Top
NO14307441327° NNW0.21 (4.5)Descend steeply onto Meall Gorm (759m)
NO14447499328° NNW0.26 (4.76)From Meall Gorm descend northwards to reach path back to start
NO13877571175° S0 (4.76)Car Park
Munros covered on Glas Maol & Creag Leacach
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
69 1068 Glas Maol Grey-green hill Glaz Merle
159 987 Creag Leacach Slabby crag Krayk Lairkoch