The stable below Broad Cairn

Broad Cairn

Bouldery Munro peak above Loch Muick

Broad Cairn is a rocky Munro summit above Loch Muick in Royal Deeside. Sitting above undulating grassy plains and amongst other Munro peaks, the descent down Broad Cairn's boulderfield will test tired legs.

Broad Cairn

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Meaningbroad cairn
ListsMunro, 142
LocationAround Loch Muick, The Grampians, in from Braemar
Grid RefNO240815
Lat/Lon56.91909, -3.24871

Rising above the southern end of Loch Muick, Broad Cairn's boulder covered summit sits above undulating grassy plains. Being surrounded by other Munro peaks, most people will hike over Broad Cairn on a route taking in more Munros.

Encircling Loch Muick there are five Munro peaks, including Broad Cairn. Taken together, these can hiked in an excellent circular route of Munro-bagging. Beware if doing this route anti-clockwise, the initial descent off Broad Cairn is through boulderfield which will test tired legs.

A fine alternative is to approach from the fine estate track heading in from Auchallater, a few miles south of Braemar. This route takes in Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and Cairn Bannoch and can be extended to a circular route bagging the peaks around Glen Callater, most of which is following faint paths on grass covered ground.

Hillwalking routes up Broad Cairn

1. Lochnagar and Loch Muick circuit »

A group of five Munros surround Loch Muick in Royal Deeside. Including mighty Lochnagar, these peaks form a terrific high-level hiking circuit.

Ascent : 1340m (4400ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 9:15hr

2. Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and Auchallater Munros »

Tracing an old drove road through Glen Callater, this is a fairly popular route up Carn an t-Saigart Mor and can be extended to include several other Munro summits encircling the glen.

Ascent : 1040m (3410ft)
Distance : 36km (22m)
Time : 9hr

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Broad Cairn from the High Road above Loch MuickBroad Cairn from the High Road above Loch Muick
Broad Cairn from Cairn BannochBroad Cairn from Cairn Bannoch
Approaching Broad Cairn from Cairn of GowalApproaching Broad Cairn from Cairn of Gowal
Aiming from Broad Cairn towards Cairn BannochAiming from Broad Cairn towards Cairn Bannoch
Descending Broad Cairn to Loch MuickDescending Broad Cairn to Loch Muick
Looking up Loch Muick to Broad CairnLooking up Loch Muick to Broad Cairn


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