On the way to Cairn of Claise on the Glenshee Hill Race

Cairn of Claise

Grass-covered Munro east of Glenshee with a bouldery summit

East of Glenshee, Cairn of Claise is a grass-covered dome with a bouldery top. A well-built wall running along the crest leads to the large cairn on the summit.


Cairn of Claise


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height1064m
Prominence119m
Meaningcairn of the hollow or ditch
ListsMunro, 71
LocationGlen Callater and above the Devil's Elbow, The Mounth
Grid RefNO185789
Lat/Lon56.89435, -3.33837


East of the A93 and just north of Glenshee Ski Centre, the hills have gently rising, grass-covered slopes and glacially-carved corries. Cairn of Claise is one of several high points on the vast moorland above, its Munro summit distinguished by a large cairn sitting on a well-constructed wall.

Cairn of Claise forms the meeting point above Glen Isla, Glen Shee and Glen Clunie and therefore there as several hillwalking route options. Beware when mist is down as the featureless terrain can be tricky to navigate on.



Routes up Cairn of Claise


Glenshee 9 Munros

The 9 Munros above Glenshee can be linked to form a long high-level hiking circuit. With generally grass covered slopes, this is one of the easier ways to go multi-Munro-bagging !

Peaks : 9 Munros

Ascent : 1690m (5540ft)
Distance : 30km (19m)
Time : 10:15hr

East of Glenshee

Compared to the Munros west of Glenshee, the Munros to the east dominated by Glas Maol, are higher, more vast and have less paths or tracks to follow. A bit more of a challenge !

Peaks : 4 Munros, option of 1 Corbett

Ascent : 910m (2990ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 5:15hr

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.

Peaks : 7 Munros

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



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