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Ben MacDui
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
1520 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
8.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
29.09 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.

This is a long route requiring endurance, but the ascent is not difficult. The route time can be shortened by cycling to Derry Lodge.

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 Linn 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 1,520 metres. Allow 8.5 hours to complete this 29.09 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 to path junction
NO05809233 Distance
2.94 km
423 m
Continue on winding unsurfaced road NW to Derry Lodge
NO04059344 Distance
2.32 km
425 m
Cross river and head W on track/path first branch in Glen Luibeg
NO01839381 Distance
2.60 km
465 m
Follow higher path NNW on Carn Crom and ascend Sron Riach
NN99989780 Distance
4.64 km
1100 m
Continue NNW by cliffs onto plateau then NW to summit of Ben MacDui
NN98909894 Distance
1.65 km
1309 m
Reverse route to return
  NO06368978 Distance
14.54 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
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Douglas Boynton on 22 Jul 2003:
Easiest route is via Cairngorm but more challenging is to ascend from the Lairig Ghru - go diagonally up from the Pools of Dee avoiding crags. Then it is an easy walk from the ridge with cairns all the way. Walk back over Cairngorm (good views on a clear day) and descend by a variety of routes and finish with a pint at the Winking Owl in Aviemore.
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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