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Cairn of Claise


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1064 m (3490 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
71 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Cairn like peak of the grassy hollow

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Cairn of Claise is a gentle rise on the W margin of a high moorland plateau.

To its W are the steep rocky slopes of Garbh-Choire, and to the S the even steeper slopes into Caenlochan Glen. Between these a winding ridge connects to the NE ridge of Glas Maol from where a path leads NW to Sron na Gaoithe and to the road.

To the N and NW of the plateau are steep rocky slopes into Glen Callater but to the W of these a col leads to Carn an Tuirc from where a path descends W to the road in Glen.

Hazards you may encounter on Cairn of Claise include
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 Crags within 1km of summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Cairn Bannoch
by Metcheck
Cairn of Claise Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Cairn of Claise.

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 Routes that include Cairn of Claise
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1020 m 19.02 km 5.5 hrs Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Tolmount and Tom Buidhe  A moderate length route on easy terrain, after the initial steep ascent. Note that navigation on the high moorland plateau can be difficult, particularly in poor visibility.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Cairn of Claise

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Summit of Cairn of Claise

© Tony Dick

Image by Tony Dick

At the summit of Cairn of Claise as part of the east gleshee 6 on a misty day 9/6/12

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown

Karl with myself and Oscar on final summit of the round of 4, nice sunny weather...Fantastic!...7,10,12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Flint at summit of Cairn of Claise

© Antony Baduns

Image by Antony Baduns
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Carn an Tuirc and Cairn of Claise
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Glas Maol, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe and Cairn of Claise
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Post a few words about Cairn of Claise or read what others have had to say.

Mike Watson
wrote on
March 7, 2013
Best done as part of a ski tour. Garbh Coire is up there as one of the best off piste descents in Scotland.
James Corrigan
wrote on
September 27, 2012
This is a straight forward amble from Carn an Tuirc across Cul Riabhach on wide grassy slopes.There is a large summit Cairn.Next Munros close by are. Tolmont and Tom Buidhe.Four Mounros for the effort of one sea level one seems cheap to me.Note that this area could be confusing when the mist is down.
John Wilkie
wrote on
April 4, 2007
6 in a day! Started at the car park at the Glen Doll reserve, traversed up Jocks Road and climbed Tolmount, then onto Carn An Turic, Carn of Claise and finally Tom Buidhe. Sat at the cairn on Buidhe deciding what to do next an dmade the decision to avoid Jocks Road going back and traversed across to Mayar and finally Dreish. Absoluteky exhausted after the decent back to the car park but buzzing with satisfaction. Great day with my mate Steve, although weather was great there is little to make me want to go back, nothing technical here....except trying to find the unassuming 6 bumps.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 22 Feb 2010 Around Glen Shee George Greszczuk Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell Not Yet Rated
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