Beinn Bhreac from Derry Cairngorm

Beinn Bhreac (Glen Derry)

Heather-clad Munro in the Cairngorms overlooking Braemar

At the southern end of a vast grass-covered high-level plain, Beinn Bhreac is squeezed between Glen Derry and the Dubh Ghleann. Fine estate tracks approach this Munro, on which a bike is recommended !

Beinn Bhreac

Meaningspeckled mountain
ListsMunro, 249
LocationEast of Lairig an Laoigh, Cairngorms and North East Grampians
Grid RefNO059971
Lat/Lon57.05504, -3.5534

Beinn Bhreac in the Cairngorms is rather domed in shape and rises above heather moorland and pine forests, its twin summits being boulder covered and seperated by just over 500m. If it wasn't for Beinn Bhreac's elevation peaking just over Munro height, this hill probably wouldn't get much attention, but it's worth the hike as the view from the summit southwards down Glen Lui toward Lochnagar is quite beautiful.

If you've made the effort to get to Beinn Bhreac, you'll probably want to at least continue northwards to Beinn a'Chaorainn. Be prepared, this is a bit of a slog over moorland and occasional bog !

Routes up Beinn Bhreac

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 summits to surrounding peaks and landscapes are rather fine. The cyclable route in through Glen Derry to the foot of these hills is through lovely Scots Pine forests full of wildlife - if you're luck, you might even see a capercaillie !

Peaks : 2 Munros

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

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