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Derry Cairngorm
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
1144 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
6.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
23.18 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.

Derry Cairngorm is the closest of the Cairgorm Munros to the Linn of Dee, but this is still a relatively big day requiring endurance. The Mountain is an easy ascent, but the boulder strewn summit slopes can be slow to cross. The route duration can be shor

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 W on minor road sign-posted "Linn of Dee" continue on this road to the falls where the road crosses the River Dee and turns E. After a short distance enter the car park on your left.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,144 metres. Allow 6.5 hours to complete this 23.18 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
  NO06358981 Distance
380 m
Walk/cycle E to start of unsurfaced road
NO06808984 Distance
0.40 km
366 m
Follow winding unsurfaced road NW to Derry Lodge
NO04129339 Distance
5.25 km
425 m
Cross river to start of path up Carn Crom
NO04139359 Distance
0.23 km
763 m
Ascend on path NW towards summit of Carn Crom
NO02459549 Distance
2.70 km
890 m
Bear NNE to col above Coire na Saobhaidh then NNW to minor top (1040m)
NO02029727 Distance
2.00 km
1040 m
Ascend NNW over boulders to summit of Derry Cairngorm
NO01729804 Distance
0.87 km
1155 m
Reverse route to return
  NO06358981 Distance
11.72 km
380 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Derry Cairngorm
by Metcheck
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
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Written by Graham Scott on 04 May 2006:
The route as described is incorrect in that when you cross the river at derry lodge you should head up the path straight ahead N. This path has recently been upgraded and is in excellent shape. It skirts the summit of Carn Crom. Better route in my opinion is to go up Glen Derry, follow the path up to Loch Etchachan and then head south to Derry Cairngorm and continue S down the ridge using the refurbished path to bring you out at Derry Lodge.
Written by Jo Barn on 14 May 2002:
A generally easy walk with superb views along the ridge and into the Lairig Ghru. Best of all was the really excellent view of Ben Macdui - the route leaves Derry Cairngorm right under the south corrie of Ben Macdui. I never knew it was such a fine mountain.
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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