Tolmount and Tom Buidhe

Climbed by year and month

YearNewTotalJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
unknown2323
201022
2016781142
2017242724443334
201810131132321
20192634115189531
202017331
2021141111
20223321
20237113611

You have climbed 104/282 munros.

Climbed by year and month

YearNewTotalJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
unknown11
2017111
201911
20203111
2021681211111
202223111
202323111

You have climbed 12/221 Corbetts.

Paul dropped us off at the wee Allt a Gharbh-Choire car park just 2km north of the Glenshee ski centre with a plan to do 3 munros. Carn an Tuirc is on the way to the other 2, but Cairn of Claise was so near and since I felt pretty good with such lovely weather, I thought it would be rude not to. So we did 4 munros, 2 old and 2 new to me.

Date started:25/05/23
Distance:13.7 miles
Ascent:792m
Descent:943m
Time taken:8:56
Moving time:6:10
Average speed:2.23mph
Maximum speed:3.70mph

Tolmount and Tom Buidhe

Allt a Garbh-choire car park with Carn Aosda above
Allt a Garbh-choire car park with Carn Aosda above

Carn an Tuirc
Carn an Tuirc

We set off just after 9am. Weather couldn't have been more kind to us. A good cool breeze to keep the midges down along with sunny and bright. I looked back from barely beyond 200m along the track and Paul had already driven off. "I think we're alone now" popped into my head. Time to get walking. The track starts quite boggy and becomes indestinct quite quickly. Walkers have spread out confusing the picture, but looking ahead a bit a path of sorts appears. And anyway, we can see where we need to end up... it's dead ahead.

Old shieling beside Allt a Garbh-choire
Old shieling beside Allt a Garbh-choire

Glenshee ski centre and The Cairnwell
Glenshee ski centre and The Cairnwell

It was so "nice" to be walking on grass, moss, peat and mud. So different to the stone pitched path on Beinn Alligin. This was easy and oh so pleasant.

High on Carn an Tuirc
High on Carn an Tuirc

Skye at the summit of Carn an Tuirc
Skye at the summit of Carn an Tuirc

Making good progress, I felt pretty good and even the rough boulder field nearing the summit of Carn an Tuirc couldn't dent my happiness. I was on a hill and in control. Whilst I was there 3 guys appeared without rucksacks. They were doing 10+ hills and had overnighted so left their sacks and were doing this one as an out and back.

Skye found a rock to jump on, between Carnan Tuirc and Cairn of Claise
Skye found a rock to jump on, between Carnan Tuirc and Cairn of Claise

Summit cairn of Cairn of Claise
Summit cairn of Cairn of Claise

I wandered off towards Cairn of Claise with the intention of veering off to Tom Buidhe before I quite got there. But as I approached I figured I'd visit its rocky top anyway. You can't miss this munro as a stone wall goes right over the summit.

Skye checking the route to Tom Buidhe
Skye checking the route to Tom Buidhe

Skye at the summit of Tom Buidhe
Skye at the summit of Tom Buidhe

Leaving Cairn of Claise I figured I'd simply wander in the general direction of Tom Buidhe, having figured out which one of many vague bumps it was of course. This had the advantage of finding a snow patch to kick steps into and give Skye something to play on and eat. It did however take me a lot longer than if I'd turned left on the track just below the summit, and then a right onto a path across the moors. Ho hum.

The stroll across the usually boggy moorland was surprisingly dry. The grass still brown, burns and the odd spring stood out well and could easily be avoided. Even bare peat was dry and navigable with ease.

Two walkers on Tom Buidhe
Two walkers on Tom Buidhe

Summit cairn on Tolmount, Tom Buidhe behind
Summit cairn on Tolmount, Tom Buidhe behind

Appraoching the summit of Tom Buidhe we met a guy with a black lab that I'd seen approaching Cairn of Claise from the Glass Maol direction. He'd well and truly beaten us to the top. Paths eh.

With the grass still brown, the path to Tolmount stood out clearly. Just a matter of dropping a little way along the way we'd come, and branch off right, across the burn, and up the other side. It didn't take us long.

Upper Glen Callater looking to Loch Callater
Upper Glen Callater looking to Loch Callater

Skye descending the steep section on Jock's Road
Skye descending the steep section on Jock's Road

Hanging about on Tolmount summit for a breather it became a bit of a gathering. A lady from Germany, a guy, a couple who'd come up Jock's Road who said "we'd lost the path". And some others passing through. Time was marching on and so should we. Descending Tolmount I picked up a feint path heading slight east of the main path which took me down just below the visible bealach. The area was covered with peat hags without much sign of Jock's road. Checking out mapping app it put me directly on the path. Uhmph. Well, it was obvious the direction I needed to go in, and I'd need to descend, so we made it up as we went. We did find odd sections of path but they were really not connected with each until we'd dropped a fair way.

Water cascade beside Jock's Road
Water cascade beside Jock's Road

Across Loch Callater to the lodge
Across Loch Callater to the lodge

Glen and Loch Callater is lovely and maybe worth a visit just for a walk to the lodge, which has a composting loo.

Overall it was quite a big day, but a good one.

Jock's Road is named after a guy called Jock Winter who won a court battle against a rich landowner in Glen Doll, which is to the south over the pass, who wanted to restrict access.

Tags: munro, outdoor, scotland Written 27/05/23 

<- Older Newer ->