Beinn a'Chaorainn from Bynack More

Beinn a' Chaorainn

Munro peak above Glen Avon

Beinn a'Chaorainn is the highest point on the vast grass-covered plain east of Glen Derry and the Lairig an Laoigh. Fairly pathless terrain will challenge navigation skills in restricted visibility.


Beinn a' Chaorainn


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Height1083m
Prominence246m
Meaningmountain of the rowan
ListsMunro, 59
LocationCairngorms east of the Lairig Ghru, Speyside to the Great Glen
Grid RefNJ045013
Lat/Lon57.0932, -3.57728


Beinn a'Chaorainn along with Beinn Bhreac form a long plateau of upland moorland (called Moine Bhealaidh) east of Glen Derry in the heart of the Cairngorms. Beinn a'Chaorainn itself is predominantly heather and grass covered with two bouldery summits, the higher of which overlooks the Lairig an Laoigh (pass of the calf).

When aiming for Beinn a'Chaorainn, most hillwalkers will add Beinn Bhreac into their itinerary. Be prepared, there is a fair bit of a slog over moorland and occasional bog between the two Munro summits, difficult to navigate if visibility is poor !



Routes up Beinn a' Chaorainn


Ben Avon and neighbours from Linn of Quoich

A fine route up Ben Avon and neighbouring Munros through Scots Pine forests full of wildlife - from grouse and deer to snakes and ant colonies. Higher up the route continues amongst dramatic scenery of cliffs and weird volcanic tors, where ptarmigan and hare entertain.

Peaks : 4 Munros

Ascent : 1740m (5710ft)
Distance : 50km (31m)
Time : 12:15hr

Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac

Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Bhreac are not the most exciting Munros in the Cairngorms, but views from their summit to the surrounding peaks and landscapes are fine. The cyclable route in through Glen Derry to the foot of these hills is through Scots Pine forests full of wildlife - if you're luck, you might see a capercaillie !

Peaks : 2 Munros

Ascent : 850m (2790ft)
Distance : 28km (17m)
Time : 7hr



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