Cairn Bannoch from the south-east

Cairn Bannoch

Munro mountain above Loch Muick and Loch Callater

Cairn Bannoch is a grass covered and rather featureless lump with a rocky summit protruding through the wide crest. Being situated in amongst other Munros, you're unlikely to aim up this hill on its own.


Cairn Bannoch


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Height1012m
Prominence77m
Meaningpeaked cairn
ListsMunro, 117
LocationAround Loch Muick, The Grampians, in from Braemar
Grid RefNO223825
Lat/Lon56.9276, -3.27817


Cairn Bannoch is a rather featureless grass-covered lump south of Lochnagar. It can be lost amongst the surrouding landscape, but its distinctive rocky summit protruding through the wide grassy crest makes it easy to identify.

Cairn Bannoch is most often tagged in on a route taking in other Munro summts. It can be approached 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 can be extended to a circular route bagging the peaks around Glen Callater, most of which is following faint paths on grass covered ground.

Below and to the east of Cairn Bannoch is Dubh Loch and there are four other Munro peaks encircling this, including Lochnagar. All of these can be combined to make for an excellent circular route of Munro-bagging around Loch Muick.



Hillwalking routes up Cairn Bannoch



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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Cairn Bannoch from slopes of Cairn of GowalCairn Bannoch from slopes of Cairn of Gowal
Approaching Cairn BannochApproaching Cairn Bannoch
Cairn Bannoch from Carn an t-Sagairt MorCairn Bannoch from Carn an t-Sagairt Mor
Creag an Dubh-loch and Cairn Bannoch from the north-westCreag an Dubh-loch and Cairn Bannoch from the north-west
Nearing Cairn Bannoch's summitNearing Cairn Bannoch's summit
Approaching Cairn BannochApproaching Cairn Bannoch




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