Beinn a'Chaorainn from Bynack More

Beinn a' Chaorainn

Munro peak above Glen Avon

Beinn a'Chaorainn is the highest point on the vast grass-covered plain east of Glen Derry and the Lairig an Laoigh. Fairly pathless terrain will challenge navigation skills in restricted visibility.

Beinn a' Chaorainn

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Meaningmountain of the rowan
ListsMunro, 59
LocationEastern Cairngorms, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid RefNJ045013
Lat/Lon57.0932, -3.57728

Beinn a'Chaorainn along with Beinn Bhreac form a long plateau of upland moorland (called Moine Bhealaidh) east of Glen Derry in the heart of the Cairngorms. Beinn a'Chaorainn itself is predominantly heather and grass covered with two bouldery summits, the higher of which overlooks the Lairig an Laoigh (pass of the calf).

When aiming for Beinn a'Chaorainn, most hillwalkers will add Beinn Bhreac into their itinerary. Be prepared, there is a fair bit of a slog over moorland and occasional bog between the two Munro summits, difficult to navigate if visibility is poor !

Hillwalking routes up Beinn a' Chaorainn

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. Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac »

Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac are not the most exciting Munros in the Cairngorms, but views from their summit to the surrounding peaks and landscapes are fine. The cyclable route in through Glen Derry to the foot of these hills is through Scots Pine forests full of wildlife - if you're luck, you might see a capercaillie !

Ascent : 850m (2790ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 7hr

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Beinn a'Chaorainn from Derry CairngormBeinn a'Chaorainn from Derry Cairngorm
Beinn a'Chaorainn from the south on the Moine BhealaidhBeinn a'Chaorainn from the south on the Moine Bhealaidh
View from Beinn Bhreac to Beinn a'ChaorainnView from Beinn Bhreac to Beinn a'Chaorainn
Looking up Beinn a'Chaorainn's southern slopesLooking up Beinn a'Chaorainn's southern slopes
Beinn a'Chaorainn's summit cairn with Ben Macdui beyondBeinn a'Chaorainn's summit cairn with Ben Macdui beyond
Beinn a'Chaorainn above Glen DerryBeinn a'Chaorainn above Glen Derry


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