West of Lairig Ghru - Braeraich and Cairn Toul

West of the Lairig Ghru, huge cliffs rise to vast plateaux. The terrain changes dramatically from heather in the glens and lower hillsides, giving way to grass and boulder-fields higher up, amongst which hidden lochans and waterfalls await to be discovered.

Main route summary

The 6 Munros on the high plateaux west of the Lairig Ghru can easily be bagged in a day by fit hill-walkers. Come in by bike from Linn of Dee on a fine track to White Bridge, from where good paths head in.

On such a vast plateaux, good navigation skills are needed, particularly north of Monadh Mor and on Braeriach. Being so high, the views are quite superb, particularly from Braeriach.

Munros Beinn Bhrotain (1157m, Munro 19)
Monadh Mor (1113m Munro 40)
Braeriach (1296m, Munro 3)
Sgor an Lochain uaine (1258m, Munro 5)
Cairn Toul (1291m, Munro 4)
Devil's Point (1004m, Munro 130)
Corbetts Sgor Mor* (813m)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2000m (6,600ft)
Distance       52km (32m)
Time bike/walk : 15hr*
bike/run : 6hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Linn of Dee
(grid ref : NN852976)


Which map to choose ?
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easy testing
stroll long day
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Meanings  Beinn Bhrotain : 'hill of Brotan'
Monadh Mor : 'big hill'
Braeriach : 'brindled upland'
Sgor an Lochain uaine : 'peak of the little green loch'
Cairn Toul : 'hill of the barn'
Devil's Point : 'demon's penis'
Sgor Mor : 'big peak'

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