Broad Cairn if a fine Munro that is well seen from the NE along Loch Muick and the hills of the White Mounth. The summit is a stretched out cone that has ridges running W and E. The W ridge leads to subsidiary peak Cairn of Gowal before heading NW to neighbouring Munro Cairn Bannoch. The E ridge leads slowly to Coire Chash. This ridge is a normal route of ascent from Loch Muick. Possibly the best feature of Broad Cairn is not the summit itself but a subsidiary peak that lies to the NW, Creag an Dubh Loch. This top is perched precariously over extremely steep crags that drop sharply to a little loch called Dubh Loch. This is a fine site and gives Broad Cairn great character when viewed from the hills of the White Mounth to the north.
As mentioned Broad Cairn is normally climbed in conjunction with Cairn Bannoch to the NW. This round of Munros is an easy expedition and should offer great views throughout. Be prepared however for quite a long walk in.
A common access point is from the Spittal of Glen Muick to the NE of Broad Cairn. From here you need to walk the length of Loch Muick before you can attain Broad Cairn's eastern summit ridge.