Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag

Munro peak on Lochnagar in Royal Deeside

Lochnagar is a vast mountain in Royal Deeside. The summit, Cac Carn Beag, sits above dark coires, the cliffs of which are a favourite winter climbing arena.

Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Meaninglittle loch of laughter - pass of the small cairn
ListsMunro, 20
LocationAround Loch Muick, The Grampians, in from Braemar
Grid RefNO244861
Lat/Lon56.96014, -3.24473

South of the River Dee between Braemar and Ballater, Lochnagar is the dominant mountain towering above sprawling heather-clad moorland and forestry. The name Lochnagar comes from the lochan below the corrie of cliffs and buttresses on the mountain's northern side which form a favourite winter climbing arena.

The most popular routes to Lochnagar head in from Spittal of Loch Muick to the east and begin from a large car-park at the end of the public road in Glen Muick. Access on lower ground is on estate tracks with a fine network of paths to choose from higher up.

A direct approach takes in a clifftop hike to the summit, whereas an alternative slightly longer approach along the northern shore of Loch Muick climbs up aside some lovely waterfalls.

There are several other Munro peaks nearby and even a diminutive Corbett, all of which can be combined with Lochnagar to make for an excellent circular route of Munro-bagging around Loch Muick.

Hillwalking routes up Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag

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

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Lochnagar's cliffs from the eastLochnagar's cliffs from the east
Waterfalls on way up from Loch MuickWaterfalls on way up from Loch Muick
Lochnagar's summitLochnagar's summit
Lochnagar from the south-westLochnagar from the south-west
On Lochnagar's summit looking to Meikle PapOn Lochnagar's summit looking to Meikle Pap
Lochnagar from Mount KeenLochnagar from Mount Keen


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