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Beinn a' Bhuird
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1460 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
9.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
34.67 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

A long route on moderately steep slopes leading to a high level plateau walk. There are deep corries to the east of the summit plateau, therefore, careful navigation required particularly in poor visibility.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Braemar

From Braemar travel E on A93 to Invercauld bridge (5 km) then N on minor road to Keiloch..

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,460 metres. Allow 9.5 hours to complete this 34.67 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start at branch of A93 and minor road to Keiloch and Invercauld House
  NO18809104 Distance
328 m
Walk/cycle NW to branch in track beyond Alltdourie
NO16009332 Distance
3.97 km
365 m
Do not cross river, and continue NW on track/path to ruin of Slugain Lodge
NO12019526 Distance
4.82 km
600 m
Continue NW turning N to branch in path
NO11619594 Distance
0.94 km
582 m
Head W to cross Quoich Water and follow path onto Carn Fiaclach
NO10169708 Distance
2.73 km
790 m
Ascend NNW on ridge, turning W to reach the South Top
NO09019790 Distance
1.53 km
1177 m
Head N to A' Choich and follow corrie rim N
NO08809927 Distance
1.60 km
1109 m
Continue NNE to the North Top = Summit of Beinn a' Bhuird
NJ09260059 Distance
1.40 km
1197 m
Bear E on plateau to Cnap a' Chlerich
NJ10850041 Distance
1.65 km
1123 m
Descend ESE to join path by Glas Allt Mor
NO11639987 Distance
0.97 km
825 m
Bear SW on path to Junction
NO11299903 Distance
0.95 km
708 m
Bear SW on path to Junction
NO11669670 Distance
3.53 km
615 m
Continue S to rejoin approach path and return
  NO18809104 Distance
10.57 km
328 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn Mheadhoin
by Metcheck
Images of Beinn a' Bhuird
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Peter Lang on 09 Jul 2007:
2nd time visiting this hill. Excellent cycle in 1hr to ruin, sun shining (better than forecast). Good track to quoich water - poles required to keep feet dry - would be tricky in spate. easy to miss where path leaves main track heading to Carn fiaclach - improves once arrive around shoulder and good gradient/surface to plateau. Great lunch spots on corrie overlooking ben avon - Beinn a'Bhuird summit disappointing cairn on flat plateau when some interesting tors around. Easy descent to sneck at 970m and quick trip over to ben avon. Whole day took 10 hrs at easy pace with plenty stops.
Written by Chris Bowles on 18 May 2007:
Climbed this hill with its neighbour Ben Avon, the whole route was near enough 8 hours with the handy help of a bike starting at Keiloch. The summit plateau is rather featureless but the hill hosts some fine corries. Its quite a gentle climb from Ben Avon to the west, and an easy descent can be made back to the path in Gleann an t-Slugain by dropping down easy slopes immediately east of the south top.
Written by Paul Richardson on 24 May 2005:
Did essentially the same route, though having camped wild in Glen Quoich, we took in Ben Avon as well, and did the Bhuird route in reverse. No difficulties on a fine day, but I'd hate to be on the Bhuird plateau in thick mist or high winds. It's as featureless place as you could imagine, with savage drops into the E facing corries which were corniced in mid May 05. Quoich Water crossing could be tricky in spate. In the right conditions though, an amazing experience to be in such wild country.
Written by Scott Niven on 20 Sep 2004:
Took a different route up from Linn O'Quoich, following the Quoich up to the south-western flank of Beinn a'Bhuird. Followed the bulldozed track up the hill with a fairly easy but long climb onto the top near A'Chioch. Great views West over the Cairngorm NP, good path to follow, and great cliffs to look down on from the top. Not the most exciting route up, but definitely a good day out. I biked in to the foot of the hill, which probably saved me 2 hours at least as I took around 4.5 hours to complete this route - though I did jog some of the downhill leg. Get it on your "to-do" list!!!
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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