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Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuide
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
1437 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
33.50 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 moderate slopes. Route on summit plateau is on southern rim of steep cliff,, 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 (A93) travel E to Invercauld bridge (5 km) then N on minor road to Keiloch.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,437 metres. Allow 9.5 hours to complete this 33.50 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
NO15999333 Distance
3.97 km
365 m
Do not cross river, and continue WNW on track/path to ruin of Slugain Lodge
NO12019526 Distance
4.82 km
600 m
Continue NW turning N to first branch in path
NO11619595 Distance
0.98 km
582 m
Head N on east bank of Quoich Water. At junction of paths continue N
NO11289903 Distance
3.37 km
700 m
At second fork go right and head NNE past Clach a' Cleirich (large rock)
NJ11830058 Distance
1.69 km
925 m
Leave path by stream and ascend NE along south rim of Slochd Mor to summit tor of Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuide
NJ13180183 Distance
1.92 km
1171 m
Reverse route to return
  NO18809104 Distance
16.75 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 Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuide
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Claire Wales on 10 Sep 2009:
What a day! Gale force winds on the top of Beinn a Bhuird - horizontal walking. Clear views across the whole Cairngorms. No rain. Took in Ben Avon as well which made the day complete. Cycled to Slugain ruin and then walked. Cycle was hard work but rewarding on the return. Quioch water quite high, a cold river crossing was required. Paths numerous around crossing and could be confusing. Easy traverse to Ben Avon well worth the detour.
Written by Peter Lang on 09 Jul 2007:
took us 1 hr to cycle to slugain ruin from keiloch. Beinn a'bhuird first via carn fialach then from sneck at 970m good path onto plateau and summit tor - 6hrs to 2nd munro - plenty of breaks and enjoying the surroundings with great views all around. Great path for descent down glen with evidence of a lot of path work - good to see estate are spending proceeds of car parking fees as stated. Bike free wheel back to car from ruin.
Written by Chris Bowles on 18 May 2007:
Climbed this hill alongside its mighty neighbour Beinn a' Bhuird. Started at Keiloch and biked in approx. 7km to just before an old ruin. I stress the fact that a bike was invaluabe and saved a lot of time, also it means a downhill ride all the way back! Hill itself was quite a gentle climb and the final summit tor is quite simple, wouldnt know about it if it was iced up though! Approx just short of 4 hours to reach the summit from keiloch with the use of a bike.
Written by Paul Richardson on 24 May 2005:
I'd recommend a wild camp on the way in, then you can take in Beinn a Bhuird as well as Ben Avon next day. There's a shortage of suitable camping places once you cross into upper Glen Quoich though. A pleasant, level, lawn-like area is found just beyond the ruined lodge at the top of Gleann an t-Slugain, but if you can find somewhere in Glen Quoich, it's less distance to walk next day. It's wide, wild country!
Written by William Wallace on 02 Sep 2003:
Optional route is via Inchrory, cycling or walking from Cargarff Castle then steady climb of 2000 feet for 4 or 5 miles.
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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