Lochnagar

Summary for Lochnagar

Lochnagar is a route in “The Lochnagar Hills” region / range which is located in the Glen Shee to Mount Keen area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a circular route

Sunrise 4:45 am
Sunset 9:32 pm
16 hours 46 minutes(s) daylight
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Dark Lochnagar

DistanceAscentTime
19 km/ 11.81 miles930 m/ 3051.18 ft7 hours plus
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This is a route taking in the munro Lochnagar which is perhaps the finest mountain in the eastern highlands. It's the highest munro of the Mounth plateau and it's finest feature are the spectacular northern corries which are best viewed from Meikle Pap with a little detour from the route below.
The route is located entirely in the Balmoral Estate the summer home of the Royal Family. At the foot of Lochnagar lies Loch Muick, where Queen Victoria had a 'secret' cottage.

Route points for Lochnagar

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NO30688500314° NW1.17 (1.17)Start from the car park at the end of Glen Muick Rd
NO29868584278° W0.52 (1.69)Head through the small wooded area and continue along the track
NO27278608288° WNW0.14 (1.83)At the fork take the left branch
NO27148612215° SW0.2 (2.03)Continue along where it forks
NO26188565291° WNW0.25 (2.28)Bill Stuart Memorial, Near Fox Cairn Well, Meikle Pap
NO25958574207° SSW0.27 (2.55)From col admire the northwest corrie of Lochnagar then climb "The Ladder" onto the plateau
NO24948522287° WNW0.29 (2.84)Onto the top Cac Cairn Mor marked with a cairn; Retrun here to descend!
NO24448566348° NNW0.5 (3.34)From Cac Cairn Mor onto summit of Cac Carn Beag and return to point to descend
NO243861168° SSE0.5 (3.84)The summit Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag - 1155 ( metres)
NO25158485134° SE0.51 (4.35)Follow path down along eastern bank of "Glass Allt"
NO26608347122° ESE0.36 (4.71)Straight on where the path forks
NO26978309179° S0.14 (4.85)Continue past the waterfall and then steep zig-zags down to a wooded area
NO2726822714° NNE0.22 (5.07)Continue back along the loch along a good track
NO29398445118° ESE0.56 (5.63)At the boat host take the path over to the other side pof the Loch
NO3025841413° NNE0.43 (6.06)Head back to the Spittal of Glenmuick
Munros covered on Lochnagar
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
21 1155 Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag Pass of the small cairn (Little noisy loch) Kac Karn Bayk