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Cairn Bannoch


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1012 m (3320 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
117 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Cairn like hill of the cake

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  44   Ballater, Glen Clova & surrounding area

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

The summit of Cairn Bannoch is gentle rise on a broad plateau, that runs from Cairn of Gowal (983m) and Fafernie (1000m) NW towards Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. 1.5km to the SW lie the crags of Creag Leachdach on the steep slopes of Glen Callater and 1km to the E lie the crags of Creag an Dubh-loch.

Cairn Bannoch has a broad SE ridge to Cairn of Gowal from where a broad col connects to Broad Cairn. Normal access is by path from Broad Cairn, but for alonger approach you may use Jock's Road from Glen Callater or Glen Doll.

Hazards you may encounter on Cairn Bannoch include
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
Picture Gallery for Cairn Bannoch

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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Cairn Bannoch
by Metcheck
Cairn Bannoch Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Cairn Bannoch.

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 Routes that include Cairn Bannoch
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1060 m 24.36 km 7 hrs Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn  Easy route on paths and high moorland plateau.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Cairn Bannoch

 Baggers Gallery for Cairn Bannoch

Cairn Bannoch Apr'11

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

My wife kaz at the summit

© Rob Young

Image by Rob Young

On the Summit for the 4th time 4/10/2009

© Ethel Jessett

Image by Ethel Jessett

Top of Cairn Bannoch 01/06/09

© Dave Smith

Image by Dave Smith
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Recently Climbed By
George Graham on 10 Sep 2020

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 Shared Members Track Logs
Tom Buidhe, Tolmount, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn
by William McGilvray
Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch and Tolmount
by Nico Boxhoorn
Cairn Bannoch
by David McSporran

Post a few words about Cairn Bannoch or read what others have had to say.

Brian Sandison
wrote on
May 18, 2005
I picked an absolute perfect day for this one - great visibility and blue skies in May. I started in the Spital car park and walked along Loch Muick past Glas Alt Shiel and up the path that leads to Dubh Loch. Once the path peters out there is a boggy section leading to the slabs of Eagles Rock but the views of Creag an Dubh Loch on your left make it worth it. I climbed up the Altt an Dubh-Loch for approx 1K and got great views of the snowy Cairngorms. I then turned back to climb Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn - Stony path! I returned down the single track to Loch Muick and the car park.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 20 Nov 2011 Carn an t-Sagairt Mor; Carn a' Choire Bhoideach; Cairn Bannoch George Greszczuk Cairn Bannoch, Carn a' Choire Bhoideach and Carn an t-Sagairt Mor Not Yet Rated
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