Carn an Tuirc sits on the NW corner of a large flat summit plateau taking in 4 Munros. The hill overlooks Glen Cluanie to the west. Carn an Tuirc is the only Munro in group that lies slightly off the plateau connected by a high bealach.
The summit lies right on the western edge of the summit ridge with stony slopes, dropping to the A93 road. This face is the usual ascent route to this group of Munros but goes slightly north of the scree. Further east of the summit the plateau drops sharply into Coire Loch Kander and onto Glen Callater. These slopes are steep and craggy and best avoided but fantastic to look at. The northern slopes are much gentler but not often used due to the ease of access from the west. Carn an Tuirc's nearest neighbouring Munro is Cairn of Claise which lies SSE on the large summit plateau. The two are separated by Cul Riabhach, a deep gully biting into the west face of the plateau.
Further east on the plateau sits Tom Buidhe and Tolmount. All 4 of these Munros are normally climbed in one outing.
There is parking available just north of the Glenshee Ski Centre on the A83. From here easy paths lead up the western face of Carn an Tuirc and on to the rest of the Munros on the plateau.