Cairn Toul from Ben Macdui

Cairn Toul

Munro peak west of Lairig Ghru in Cairngorms

West of the Lairig Ghru in the Cairngorms, Cairn Toul is an impressive mountain with well defined ridges above Lochan Uaine stretching out to the Devil's Point and the Angel's Peak (Sgor an Lochain Uaine).


Cairn Toul


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height1291m
Prominence166m
Meaningcairn of the barn
ListsMunro, 4
LocationWestern Cairngorms, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid RefNN963972
Lat/Lon57.05429, -3.71033


Cairn Toul is a shapely Munro peak in the northern Cairngorms, its fine ridges rise above the western side of the Lairig Ghru and overlook corries and lochans. Being the fourth highest mountain in Scotland, the views from the summit are excellent and far.

Possibly one of the best routes up Cairn Toul is to hike from the Lairig Ghru up one of its spurs on its east-facing side. There are three to choose from (see main photo above) with some rock-scrambling on the south-eastern spur near the summit. One of these ascents can be done with either the Cairngorm 4000s or West of Lairig Ghru from Glenmore routes.

Being linked to other more modest peaks, hillwalkers are spoilt for route choice. With a bit of a detour, Cairn Toul could be fairly easily tagged onto routes approaching from Glen Feshie, Glen Einich or Linn of Dee.



Hillwalking routes up Cairn Toul



1. West of Lairig Ghru from Glenmore »


West of the Lairig Ghru, huge cliffs rise to vast plateaux and some of the highest peaks in the land, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine. Fine paths lead in from Glenmore and Coylumbridge and with the lowest point on the ridges between the Munro summits being above 1100m, the views are quite superb, particularly from Braeriach.

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 10hr

2. Cairngorm 4000s »


The vast plateaux of the Cairngorms in Scotland's eastern highlands rise above huge cliffs and dark corries. On the plateaux are five of the UK's mountains over 4000ft including Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Cairngorm and these can be bagged in one circular route from Glenmore.

Ascent : 2250m (7380ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 10:45hr



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Cairn Toul from BraeriachCairn Toul from Braeriach
Cairn Toul from the Polls of DeeCairn Toul from the Polls of Dee
Cairn Toul above Corrour Bothy in the Lairig GhruCairn Toul above Corrour Bothy in the Lairig Ghru
On the Moine Mhor, Cairn Toul far rightOn the Moine Mhor, Cairn Toul far right
Cairn Toul from the bealach between Ben Macdui and Carn a'MhaimCairn Toul from the bealach between Ben Macdui and Carn a'Mhaim
Looking back to Cairn Toul on the way up Sgor an Lochain UaineLooking back to Cairn Toul on the way up Sgor an Lochain Uaine




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