Carn Bhac is the most northern Munro of the Cairnwell group and sits on it’s on separated from its nearest neighbour Beinn Iutharn Mhor by a long 4 km ridge. Carn Bhac itself is a complicated hill with an array of corries and ridges spurting out of every orifice. The main summit ridge runs SW to NE skirting round the rim of Coire Bhearnaist. The true summit lies at the NE corner of the ridge. In the SW the summit ridge splits north and south. The north section runs to subsidiary top Geal Charn before curving W and dropping slowly to the surrounding glens. The south section continues over a long wide ridge to connect to neighbouring Munro Beinn Iutharn Mhor.
The best aspect to Carn Bhac is Coire Bhearnaist, cutting deep into the summit ridge. Overall however it’s a bit of a rounded hill with no technical difficulties as all ridges are wide and easy slopes surround the mountain. The best views are to the north where you get a fantastic panoramic shot of the Cairngorm range.
Access to the hill is usually via a long walk/cycle in to Altanour Lodge from Inverey in the north. This is on a good path and distance can be covered quickly. From the lodge you can either head NW to take on Carn Bhac first via its wide eastern ridge or head SE to tackle Beinn Iutharn Mhor.