Ben Macdui with Cairn Gorm

Summary for Ben Macdui with Cairn Gorm

Ben Macdui with Cairn Gorm is a route in “The Coylumbridge” region / range which is located in the The Cairngorms area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 8:20 am
Sunset 3:42 pm
7 hours 21 minutes(s) daylight
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Britains Second Highest Peak

DistanceAscentTime
18 km/ 11.18 miles1030 m/ 3379.27 ft7 hours plus
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Ben Macdui is now often tackled from the north with Cairn Gorm as shown here due to the ski centre car park giving a 650 metre starting point. This is probably the easiest route of ascent (distance wise) starting from the Coire Cas car park at the foot of Cairngorm Ski Centre by way of a path that leads up over slowly rising moorland. There is however several km across an exposed plateau to reach a col

Route points for Ben Macdui with Cairn Gorm

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NH98840605144° SE0.12 (0.12)Start from the Cairngorm Ski Centre Car Park
NH9891059496° E0.4 (0.52)Take the path which leads up eastern side
NH99890569135° SE0.41 (0.93)Continue ascending upto The Ptarmigan Restaurant
NJ00400492169° S0.88 (1.81)From The Ptarmigan Restaurant ascend onto the summit of Cairn Corm
NJ005040246° WSW0.11 (1.92)The summit Cairn Gorm - 1244 ( metres)
NJ00440400251° WSW0.43 (2.35)Descend steeply to col
NJ00030388221° SW0.31 (2.66)From the col head over some ups & downs along the ridge eventually onto a top
NH996029252° WSW0.62 (3.28)Cairn Gorm - Stob Coire an t-Sneachda
NH99050277184° S0.31 (3.59)From a col descend on path
NH98210112159° SSE0.34 (3.93)Pass a small lochan and head along the path
NN98699938144° SE0.29 (4.22)Ascend onto the summit of Ben Macdui
NN989989332° NNW0.21 (4.43)164
NN98859914324° NW0.29 (4.72)Return by the same line of ascent back to the Col on the ridge
NH99020246N0.31 (5.03)Ascend upto the col a descend on the other side
NH9906030548° NE0.23 (5.26)Descend steeply down to Lochan
NH9924032014° NNE0.32 (5.58)Pass the Lochan and head for path
NH99130376338° NNW0.68 (6.26)Continue along path
NH98910594324° NW0.12 (6.38)Contine back to Cairngorm Ski Centre Car Park
NH98840605175° S0 (6.38)Cairngorm Ski Centre Car Park
Munros covered on Ben Macdui with Cairn Gorm
Order Heightsort icon Munro Meaning Pronunciation
6 1244 Cairn Gorm Blue cairn like peak Cairn Gorm