The majority of these munros lie together on the high cairngorm plateau North of Braemar. This is a high level barren and fragile rolling landscape which is good for polar training in the winter and long sunny walks in the summer. But beware in mist because you can suddenly come to the edge of a steep cliffs which drop many hundreds of metres. It is sparsely populated with the high level wild life such as Ptarmigan but donít be surprised when you wander into a heard of reindeer. There are several locks with impressive cliffs dropping to them, some summit torrs, many paths and too many land rover tracks. This is one area where excellent navigation coupled with back up GPS will help to undo the confusion in a white out. The plateau spends months covered with snow and is great for ski mountaineering trips. The bowls can focus the sunlight onto you till you boil. There are many access points to the plateau and you can reach Ben Macdui which is roughly in the centre from many start points. A bicycle can reduce the walking distance by many miles along the low access tracks.

The famous Lairig Ghru separates a smaller group of munros the west and these can be accessed from Glen Feshy and in winter the best way to cross to Cairn Toul is by ski.. The bothy below Devils point now has its toilet problem managed but can still get very busy. One point to note is that currently during the summer you cannot exit from the top station of the funicular railway to get general access to the plateau. In winter it is possible as the snow cover protects the fragile ecostructure from too many feet.

There are many long walks taking in many tops on the plateau. It is possible to cross the plateau especially if you include a bivvy ( there are many places where running water can be found on the plateau) but you will end up a long way by road from your start point. There is a bus service which connects Aviemore to Braemar designed to reunite with your car which I think runs in the summer.


MUNROS IN Cairngorms
Beinn a Bhuird North Top
Beinn a Chaorainn (Glen Derry)
Beinn Bhreac
Beinn Bhrotain
Beinn Mheadhoin
Ben Avon
Ben Macdui
Bynack More
Cairn Gorm
Cairn Toul
Carn A Mhaim
Derry Cairngorm
Monadh Mor
Mullach Clach a Bhlair
Sgor an Lochain Uaine
Sgor Gaoith
The Devils Point
Cairngorms Area Map
46.2 km Crieff Armoury Self Catering


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