Cairn Toul

Summary for Cairn Toul

Cairn Toul is an munro in Scotand and is located in the area The Cairngorms as defined by SMC. (and lies in region known as Braemar )

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HeightGrid Ref.PronunciationMeaning
1291 metres / 4236 feetNN963972Kayrn ToolHill of the Barn
LocationAccess
The CairngormsNational Trust for Scotland, Mar Lodge tel: 013397 41368
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Details for Cairn Toul

Cairn Toul (from the Gaelic Càrn an t-Sabhail, 'Hill of the barn') is the fourth highest mountain in Scotland, surpassed only by Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui and Braeriach. It is the second highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, linked by a bealach at around 1125 m above sea level to Braeriach.

The mountain towers above the western side pass of the Lairig Ghru.

Cairn Toul is often climbed on conjution with other peaks. From the south it may be combined with The Devil's Point, which lies about 2.5 kilometres south-southeast. Alternatively it may be climbed from the north, including Braeriach and Sgor an Lochain Uaine. Both routes are long days by Scottish standards: around 15 km (plus return) regardless of whether one starts from Coire Cas above Speyside, or Linn of Dee to the south.

The mountain may also be climbed from the west, starting from Achlean in Glen Feshie. This provides for a slighter shorter route (around 27 km for the round trip), thought the walker must negotiate a large expanse of undulating boggy plateau in order to reach the Breariach-Cairn Toul massif.

There is a bothy, Corrour, at the point below Cairn Toul in the defile of the Lairig Grhu.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Cairn Toul is zero