Cairngorm, Ben Macdui & neighbours

Routes to the Munros east of Lairig Ghru

Between Braemar and Aviemore and east of the Lairig Ghru are vast plateaus amongst with are many peaks including Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm. With hiddens lochans, long narrow crests, dark corries, hugh cliffs and weird granite tors, this area is anything but dull. Healthy forests surround the area with a diverse wildlife and, if you're lucky, you'll come across a reindeer herd feeding on the artic-like tundra.

The route to Cairngorm from the 'Day Lodge' is one of the easiest Munro routes.

Main route summary

Good tracks and paths head in from various directions. To bag all 6 Munros in one day, it is probably easiest to cycle from Linn of Dee to the south to Derry Lodge, from where a circular route makes for a long and enjoyable day out.

With vast plateaux above 1000m, navigation skills will be tested when the mist or snow come in.

Munros Carn a'Mhaim (1037m, Munro 95)
Ben Macdui (1309m, Munro 2)
Cairngorm (1244m, Munro 6)
Bynack More (1090m, Munro 55)
Beinn Mheadhoin (1182m, Munro 13)
Derry Cairngorm (1155m, Munro 21)
Munro Tops  Cairn Lochan (1215m, Munro Top)
Ascent 2725m (8,900ft)
Distance       48km (30m)
Time walk : 16:30hr*
run : 7:15hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Linn of Dee
(grid ref : NN852976)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Meanings  Carn a'Mhaim : 'cairn of the large rounded hill'
Ben Macdui : 'MacDuff's hill'
Cairn Lochan : 'hill of the small loch'
Cairngorm : 'blue hill'
Bynack More : 'big cup'
Beinn Mheadhoin : 'middle hill'
Derry Cairngorm : 'blue hill of the thicket'

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