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    Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk

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    21.4 km
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    1,911 m
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    Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk

    The Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk is a challenging adventure in Cairngorms National Park that will take you across several rugged peaks for spectacular views of the park. While out walking the trail, you will traverse the floor of Glen Isla and enjoy views of the river, before climbing through the mountains across Glas Maol, Creag Leacach, and a number of other peaks. This is a rough and rugged journey that should only be undertaken by experienced walkers.

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    Route Description for Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk

    Featuring several rugged mountains and breathtaking views across the wild expanse of Cairngorms National Park, the Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk is the ideal route for anyone looking to bag a few peaks and challenge their physical fitness.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will follow the road north in order to traverse the valley floor of Glen Isla, enjoying some nice views of the surrounding mountains and the winding River Isla as you follow closely alongside its banks. Eventually, you will break off to the right onto The Monega Pass and continue heading to the north, where you will make the initial ascent of Monega Hill.

    From here, the trail will bend to the northwest and continue uphill, traversing the summit of Little Glas Maol on the way to the higher peak of Glas Maol. After taking in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape, you will head to the southeast to descend along Creag Leacach and Càrn Ait, before the trail turns once again to the southeast. Here, you will walk across several smaller hills, including Black Hill and Monamenach, before heading back down into the glen on the return to the trailhead where you began.

    Getting to the Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Glas Maol and Creag Leacach Walk can be found at the roadside layby at Auchavan, just 56.3 km north of Forter Castle.

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