Coire nan Clach  below Beinn a'Bhuird's cliffs

Beinn a' Bhuird

Vast Munro mountain in the eastern Cairngorms

In the eastern Cairngorms, Beinn a'Bhuirid is a great hulk of a mountain with a tiny summit cairn. Grass and heather slopes on its west side contrast with the huge cliffs and coires on its east side.

Beinn a' Bhuird

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Meaningmountain of the table
ListsMunro, 11
LocationEastern Cairngorms, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid RefNJ093006
Lat/Lon57.08733, -3.49869

In the eastern Cairngorms, Beinn a'Bhuird is a vast sprawling mountain with several tops above Munro height. The mountain's western slopes are grass and heather clad and rise to arctic-like tundra higher up. Beinn a'Bhuird's eastern face is lined with massive cliffs and crags overlooking a series of dark coires.

Various routes can be used to reach Beinn a'Bhuird, most of which travel along estate tracks to gain the foot of the mountain from where a network of constructed paths lead higher up. On the plateau, paths become faint and good navigation skills will be needed to find the tiny cairn sitting on the North Top, the summit of Beinn a'Bhuird.

Hillwalking routes up Beinn a' Bhuird

1. Ben Avon and neighbours from Linn of Dee »

A fine route up Ben Avon and neighbouring Munros through Scots Pine forests full of wildlife - from grouse and deer to snakes and ant colonies. Higher up the route continues amongst dramatic scenery of cliffs and weird volcanic tors, where ptarmigan and hare entertain.

Ascent : 1740m (5710ft)
Distance : 50km (31m)
Time : 12:15hr

2. Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird from Tomintoul »

A delightful cycle on a fine track following lovely River Avon through Glen Avon is followed by hiking paths on gentle slopes to pass weird rocky tors to reach the high summits of Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuirid.

Ascent : 1600m (5250ft)
Distance : 51km (32m)
Time : 10:30hr

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The bealach between Ben Avon and Beinn a'BhuirdThe bealach between Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird
Beinn a'Bhuirid's cliffs above Coire nan ClachBeinn a'Bhuirid's cliffs above Coire nan Clach
Arctic-like tundra and faint paths on Beinn a'Bhuirid's plateauArctic-like tundra and faint paths on Beinn a'Bhuirid's plateau
Beinn a'Bhuirid's northern coire from Ben AvonBeinn a'Bhuirid's northern coire from Ben Avon
Beinn a'Bhuirid from the south-eastBeinn a'Bhuirid from the south-east
Beinn a'Bhuirid from Glen QuoichBeinn a'Bhuirid from Glen Quoich


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