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Beinn Bhrotain & Monadh Mor
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
1290 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
35.47 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.

Long route on mixed terrain in the Cairngorms. Easy going on tops, but partly over featureless high moorland, so navigation will be difficult in low visibility. Cycling on the initial approach will reduce the time required for this walk.

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 and turns east. There is a large car park, a few hundred meters E.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,290 metres. Allow 9.5 hours to complete this 35.47 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 the Linn of Dee. There is roadside parking and a large carpark.
  NO06118972 Distance
380 m
Cycle or walk W on track to White Bridge
NO01878849 Distance
5.38 km
405 m
Follow the track on the west bank of the River Dee NW towards Carn Fialach Beag
NN99688974 Distance
2.76 km
460 m
Leave track and ascend WNW over Carn Fiaclach to Carn Cloich-mhuilinn
NN96869069 Distance
3.12 km
942 m
Bear NW to summit of Beinn Bhrotain
NN95419229 Distance
2.21 km
1157 m
Descend NW to Bealach (975m) at head of Coire Cath nam Fionn
NN94729272 Distance
0.84 km
975 m
Ascend NW to south top (1110m) of Monadh Mor
NN93879349 Distance
1.18 km
1110 m
Head N to summit of Monadh Mor
NN93869421 Distance
0.74 km
1113 m
Descend N turning NE towards the south shore of Loch nan Stuirteag
NN94329545 Distance
1.43 km
875 m
Descend E then follow stream S into Glen Geusachan
NN95219394 Distance
1.86 km
610 m
Head E to Glen Dee
NN97639392 Distance
2.50 km
525 m
Bear SSE to join track
NN98629208 Distance
2.31 km
485 m
Head SSE to rejoin approach route and return
  NO06118972 Distance
11.14 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 Beinn Bhrotain & Monadh Mor
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Chris Bowles on 01 Jul 2007:
These are two big hills that offer fine views of the surrounding Cairngorms. Another approach which I took to these hills is via Glen Feshie in the west. A track leads up to the Moine Mhor from Auchlean in Glen Feshie, whereby one can cross the vast plateau passing Loch nan Cnapan and continue over the Allt Luineag to the foot of Monadh Mhor. From there it is an easy ascent to the top, and then only a short continuation to Beinn Bhrotain. Unfortunately to return you have to almost make an exact reverse of the inward route. It took roughly 10 hours to complete.
Written by Ben Dolphin on 18 Apr 2006:
I did this in reverse, doing Monadh Mor first. It's a very long walk in from Linn of Dee and it was just over 4 hours before I reached the summit. The path up Glen Geusachan was easy to follow in the upper reaches so long as you stuck to the immediate left of the burn, although deep spring snow obscured it higher up. White-out conditions/large cornices on the col between Beinn Bhrotain's two summits made navigation tricky & a bit hazardous. All in all a decent day out but don't tackle it if you don't enjoy remoteness, as you're a long way from help once you enter Glen Geusachan.
Written by Craig Dunderdale on 10 Jul 2005:
I biked up the west side of the Dee and found the water gullys on the new path a pain in the arse! (the vehicle track no longer exists). It takes a while to get in front of the Devils Point but a bike definately helps as far as the wood. There is a path all the way up Geusachan but you need to look closely. The beallach between the munroes is easier than it looks and the walk back to the wood is easy descent on grass. 7hrs
Written by Paul Acarnley on 24 Jul 2004:
The track up Glen Dee on the West side has had a lot of work done on it recently (2004), so that what was a good landrover track is now very difficult to cycle. It's probably just as easy to leave bikes at White Bridge. The tracks in Glen Glensachan are difficult to find in the upper reaches (if they exist at all?).
Written by Jim Westwood on 07 Jul 2003:
First 100 meters of Allt Garbh track is difficult to locate when starting out. Where the burn divides into a 'V' - climb up the centre portion. Don't descend via Glen Geusachan from Loch Stuirteag unless you have to - there are no descernible paths out.
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