Beinn Mheadhoin from Derry Cairngorm

Beinn Mheadhoin

Remote Munro mountain in the heart of the Cairngorms

Beinn Mheadhoin is a remote Munro mountain hidden in the wilderness surrounding Loch Avon in the Cairngorms. There are several granite tors on the summit plateau, and the highest of these marks the top.


Beinn Mheadhoin


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Height1182.9m
Prominence254m
Meaningmiddle mountain
ListsMunro, 12
LocationCentral Cairngorms, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid RefNJ025017
Lat/Lon57.09586, -3.61142


In the remote heart of the Cairngorms, Beinn Mheadhoin hides behind other high mountains, its broad summit plateau dotted with several rocky tors. Beinn Mheadhoin overlooks Loch Avon to the north - a quiet secluded place with beaches and the famed Shelter Stone at its western end.

An easy scramble is needed to climb up the rough granite on the summit tor !

If aiming to bag Beinn Mheadhoin on its own, the approach from Linn of Dee via Derry Lodge and through Glen Derry makes for a fine approach on estate tracks and well-defined paths.

However, once up Beinn Mheadhoin, you're likely to want to hike over other summits and route conundrums will have you pouring over maps ! A fine route taking in Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm, also from Derry Lodge, makes for a cracking day out on decent paths most of the way. A more rugged, and in my opinion, more rewarding route aims in from Glenmore either via Strath Nethy or Coire Raibert to hidden Loch Avon (details to follow soon).



Hillwalking routes up Beinn Mheadhoin



1. Cairngorm Darkside from the north »


Between Aviemore and Braemar and east of the Lairig Ghru are vast plateaus with several Munro peaks amongst the hidden lochans, long narrow crests, dark corries, huge cliffs and weird granite tors. This route heads in from Cairngorm ski centre heading as far south as Derry Cairngorm. The hidden gem of Loch Avon with its undisturbed beaches is visited en route, nearby a search will find the 'Shelter Stone' - a place to overnight out of wind !

Ascent : 1480m (4860ft)
Distance : 21km (13m)
Time : 7:45hr

2. Cairngorm darkside from Linn of Dee »


Between Braemar and Aviemore and east of the Lairig Ghru are vast plateaus with several Munro peaks. amongst the hidden lochans, long narrow crests, dark corries, huge cliffs and weird granite tors. Healthy forests surround the area with a diverse wildlife and, if you're lucky, you might come across a reindeer herd feeding on the arctic-like tundra.

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 35km (22m)
Time : 10:15hr



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The summit tor of Beinn MheadhoinThe summit tor of Beinn Mheadhoin
Beinn Mheadhoin above Loch EtchachanBeinn Mheadhoin above Loch Etchachan
Looking through the summit tors on Beinn Mheadhoin to Derry CairngormLooking through the summit tors on Beinn Mheadhoin to Derry Cairngorm
On Beinn Mheadhoin's summit tor, looking to Ben MacduiOn Beinn Mheadhoin's summit tor, looking to Ben Macdui
Beinn Mheadhoin behind the refuge at the Fords of AvonBeinn Mheadhoin behind the refuge at the Fords of Avon
Looking from Coire Raibert to Beinn Mheadhoin above Loch AvonLooking from Coire Raibert to Beinn Mheadhoin above Loch Avon




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