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Ben MacDui, Derry Cairngorm & Carn a' Mhaim
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
1745 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
10 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
33.49 km

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  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl
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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 rewarding day which took 11.5 hrs to complete. Care is required when crossing the bouldery summits of Ben MacDui & Derry Cairngorm. A fine ridge walk from Carn a'Mhaim & Ben MacDui. A moderate although long route for the reasonably fit.

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 - Hotels, caravan/campsite & Youth Hostel

From Braemar village, take the unidentified road West to the Linn of Dee. The National Trust car park lies 100m east of this point.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,745 metres. Allow 10 hours to complete this 33.49 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 from large Carpark at Linn of Dee
  NO06368978 Distance
380 m
Walk/cycle E to start of unsurfaced road
NO06808983 Distance
0.40 km
366 m
Follow winding unsurfaced road NW to the junction with the path to Clais Fhearnaig
NO05809233 Distance
3.00 km
425 m
Continue NW to Derry Lodge (where you may wish to leave your bike)
NO04059344 Distance
2.25 km
425 m
Cross river and head WNW to Luibeg Bridge and continue W on path
NO01009387 Distance
3.92 km
525 m
Ascend NE on steep slopes South of Coire na Poite to summit of Carn a' Mhaim
NN99459518 Distance
2.21 km
1037 m
Head NNW on ridge to broad col (810m)
NN98709718 Distance
2.14 km
810 m
Climb NE towards the summit ridge
NN99609859 Distance
1.70 km
1232 m
Head NW to Ben MacDui summit
NN98909894 Distance
0.81 km
1309 m
Descend E over boulders towards Coire Sputan Dearg to join path
NN99879881 Distance
1.17 km
1158 m
Follow path NE towards Loch Etchachan
NO00809967 Distance
1.05 km
1041 m
Descend SE then ascend SSE to Derry Cairngorm summit
NO01729804 Distance
1.97 km
1155 m
Bear SSE to Carn Crom
NO02589548 Distance
2.79 km
860 m
Descend SE to path
NO04009356 Distance
2.70 km
430 m
Return to Derry Lodge, then S to start
  NO06368978 Distance
7.38 km
380 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Macdui
by Metcheck
Images of Ben MacDui, Derry Cairngorm & Carn a' Mhaim
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
 from 8 votes
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Written by Sc Joss on 22 May 2013:
Excellent route if you cycle in but BEWARE THE BRIDGE. The path from Carn a'Mhaim goes straight to the river and not to the bridge. The bridge is quarter of a mile upstream adn after a long days walking having to find the diversion is a bit of a drag so keep an eye out for it. Other than that a superb if long day.
Written by Mike Watson on 16 May 2008:
Definitely one for good weather as it enters some wild parts of the cairngorms with associated good views and nav issues. A bike + camping at Derry Lodge recommended so you can then do Beinn Bhreac & Beinn a' Chaorainn the next day and avoid a separate cycle/walk in.
Written by M. Forbes on 04 May 2008:
Managed in 10 hours, this route is extremely tiring! and not for the inexperianced climber like me. If i had a gun up there I would have shot myself, as even after you completed all 3 munros, the journey was far from over, still having to scale several other smaller peaks to get down, and then the 6/7 mile walk back to the car. All the same great route, excellent views and a brilliant day out! Many Thanks
Written by Alan Wilson on 10 Oct 2007:
I combined these hills with Beinn Bhreac and beinn a chaorainn across the glen...going anti clockwise so finishing on derry cairngorm...a long but rewarding day out, taking a bike as far as Beinn Bhreac makes it possible in an 8 hour push (truck to truck)...best part was the descent from Beinn Mheadhoin to Loch Etchechan...a green jewel on the day...great views also from the boggy Moine into Coire Etchechan...
Written by Peter Lang on 13 Jun 2006:
Cycled in, Camped near Luibeg Bridge for weekend, small, excellent path leaves route to Lairig Ghru once levels out on shoulder of Carn a'Mhaim. Summit just over 1hr from LB and good gradient descent to bealach with fine views of LG/Braeriach. Path up bouldery pavement, quickly rock hops you onto MacDhui plateau, then 15 mins to prominent trig point and nearby view indicator (assuming last 100m not in cloud!!) Head E to crags and descend to col,skirt Creagan a Choire Etchachan and easy ascent over rocks to Derry Cairngorm, descend on heather SW before Carn Crom reach good path back to LB.
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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