Ben Macdui via Deeside

Summary for Ben Macdui via Deeside

Ben Macdui via Deeside is a route in “The Braemar” 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 7:57 am
Sunset 6:01 pm
10 hours 3 minutes(s) daylight
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Derry Cairngorm, Ben Macdui and Carn a'Mhaim

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32 km/ 19.88 miles1340 m/ 4396.33 ft9 hours plus
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This route covers Scotland's second highest mountain, Bein Macdui which lies in the heart of an arctic plateau and reaching it involves a very long approach. There is no technical scrambling / climbing on the route but there is alot of rough terrain to cover high in the mountains making it quite a tough full days outing to be had.

Route points for Ben Macdui via Deeside

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NO06188976N1.7 (1.7)Linn of Dee car park a footpath signed for 'Glen Lui' heads into the woods.
NO06319146309° NW3.03 (4.73)Cross the bridge to join the track to Derry Lodge
NO04029346280° W0.06 (4.79)Pass Derry Lodge which is owned by the national trust
NO03969348324° NW0.7 (5.49)Continue through forest upto crags of Creag Bad an t-Seabhaig
NO03579405314° NW1.85 (7.34)Continue through crags on path upto Carn Crom
NO02279537348° NNW1.85 (9.19)From Carn Crom head upto the southern top of Derry Cairngorm marked 1040
NO01939720346° NNW0.87 (10.06)Contiune across boulders onto the summit and then onto col
NO017980335° NNW1.67 (11.73)The summit Derry Cairngorm - 1155 ( metres)
NO01109959235° SW1.37 (13.1)From the col continue along the cliff tops on a clearly defined path
NN999988274° W1 (14.1)Continue to the sumit of the 2nd highest munro Ben Macdui
NN989989111° ESE0.76 (14.86)164
NN99659865202° SSW2.12 (16.98)Cross Allt Clach nan Taillear and head down southeastern spur. Although not obvious in places descend onto north end of Carn a'Mhaims rock ridge
NN98809670156° SSE1.69 (18.67)From northern end of Carn a'Mhaim contiune along narraw rocky ridge onto summit.
NN994951114° ESE0.44 (19.11)The summit Carn a'Mhaim - 1037 ( metres)
NN99849495131° SE1.59 (20.7)Southern top Head down southeastern spur to join the path
NO0100938740° NE0.37 (21.07)Once on the path head for the bridge over Luibeg Bridge
NO012941100° E1.69 (22.76)Rejoin the path. An continue back the way you came.
Munros covered on Ben Macdui via Deeside
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
20 1155 Derry Cairngorm Blue peak of Glen Derry Derry Cairngorm
95 1037 Carn a'Mhaim Cairn like peak of the large rounded hill Karn er Vime