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Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine & The Devils Point
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
2020 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
11.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
38.03 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 that tests endurance, although there are no difficult ascents. The walk 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 falls where the road crosses the river and turns east. After a short distance enter the car park on your left.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 2,020 metres. Allow 11.5 hours to complete this 38.03 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 Derry Lodge
NO04059344 Distance
5.25 km
425 m
Cross river and head W through Glen Luibeg
NO01339423 Distance
3.29 km
500 m
Cross Luibeg Burn and continue W turning NNW into Glen Dee
NN98539557 Distance
4.36 km
560 m
Cross River Dee, pass Corrour Bothy and ascend to head of Coire Odhar
NN96929556 Distance
1.87 km
935 m
Ascend SE to summit of Devils Point
NN97619511 Distance
0.86 km
1004 m
Return to the head of Coire Odhar
NN96929556 Distance
0.86 km
935 m
Ascend NW around Corrie an t-Saighdeir
NN96109648 Distance
1.30 km
1190 m
Continue NE to Cairn Toul
NN96349720 Distance
0.76 km
1291 m
Bear W around corrie
NN95879722 Distance
0.47 km
1147 m
Continue NW along cliff edge to Sgor an Lochaine Uaine summit
NN95449768 Distance
0.71 km
1258 m
Return to Coire Odhar and reverse approach route to return
  NO06368978 Distance
17.91 km
380 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Images of Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine & The Devils Point
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
 from 4 votes
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Written by Craig Dunderdale on 21 Jul 2005:
I am reasonbly fit and this took me 8 hours going at a fairly fast pace and biking towards Luibeg Bridge. There is a reasonable path for cycling between derry lodge and Luibeg but it does have a steeper ascent than the road to derry lodge. Fantastic views and obvious paths all the way and if the bike chain hadn't broken!!! I would definately have done Braeriach as well to save a 10hr trek from the north another time, for what the map indicates is only a couple of hundred metres ascentl. As others have said miss Cairn Toul on the return journey.
Written by Paul Acarnley on 01 Oct 2004:
A long approach, but worth it for the stunning scenery above Corrour. Returning from Sgor an Lochain Uaine, it is not necessary to re-ascend Carn Toul: from the col at GR958973 there is an easy, almost level, traverse across the SW slopes of Carn Toul to the col at GR 962968, saving about 150m of ascent, which is crucial at this stage of the day!
Written by William Wallace on 01 Jul 2003:
Long grinding walk, but worth it! Ensure adequate water supply from stream at Coire Odhar before tackling rocky summits.
Written by Richard Paterson on 26 Aug 2002:
A long and grinding hike out to the bothy, once there the climb is great fun. I camped over night at the bothy and returned the next day as the hike back can be a bit boring and drawn out. I still can't think of a better way to spend a day though, the scenery is amazing, as is the wildlife, herds of deer roaming all over the valley.
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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