Carn a'Mhaim

Summary for Carn a'Mhaim

Carn a'Mhaim 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
1037 metres / 3402 feetNN994951Karn er VimeCairn like peak of the large rounded hill
LocationAccess
The CairngormsNational Trust for Scotland, Mar Lodge tel: 013397 41368
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Details for Carn a'Mhaim

Càrn a' Mhàim is a Scottish mountain situated in the inner part of the Cairngorms range, some 15 kilometres west of Braemar. The mountain is located on one of the two long ridges which radiate south from Ben Macdhui; it reaches a height of 1037 meters (3402 feet) and along with Macdhui and Derry Cairngorm forms the central body of the Cairngorms that lie between the two major passes of the Lairig Ghru and the Lairig an Laoigh. The mountain is notable in that it has the only ridge walk of any significance in the Cairngorms range. Its name translates from the Gaelic as "Cairn of the large rounded hill", when viewed from the south it does appear as rounded, although in reality the mountain is a north-south oriented ridge. Less glamorously màm (here in the genitive) means a "boil" or a "tumour"

Càrn a' Mhàim's slopes fall away steeply from the summit in three directions. The western flanks fall precipitously to the Lairig Ghru while the eastern slopes descent more gently to the valley of the Luibeg Burn. To the south east there is a broad ridge which ends in the crags of Coire na Poite. To the north is a narrow two kilometre-long crest which is often labeled as the only noteworthy ridge in the Cairngorms; it connects the mountain to Ben Macdhui.

The journey to Ben Macdhui is a hard walk which goes along Càrn a' Mhàim's northern ridge which according to Irvine Butterfield is "the only one of its kind in the Cairngorms, an exhilarating arête commanding a fine prospect of the The Devil's Point and Cairn Toul". It drops down to the col between the two mountains at a height of around 800 meters. From there it is a hard climb of 500 metres up the side of the Allt Clach nan Tàillear (The Tailor's Burn) with much boulder-hopping to reach the summit plateau of Macdhui.

The ascent of Càrn a' Mhàim is most commonly started at the Linn of Dee car park (NO065901), and takes the track to Derry Lodge. A bicycle can be used on this section of the route. The path is followed for a further 2.5 kilometres past the lodge until the Robbers Copse is reached at the foot of Glen Luibeg. From here the steep southern slope of Càrn a' Mhàim are ascended to the summit. The summit of Càrn a' Mhàim gives good views of the imposing hills at the heart of the Cairngorms.

The number of registered munro-madness users who have climbed Carn a'Mhaim is Twenty-One

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