Ben Avon's summit from the south-west

Ben Avon (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe)

Munro mountain with many granite tors on vast plateaux

Ben Avon is a vast mountain in the eastern Cairngorms with several granite tors on which will have you wandering all over the place to investigate. Ben Avon's Munro summit is the tor Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe which requires a bit of scrambling to touch the top.


Ben Avon (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe)


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height1171m
Prominence197m
Meaningbright mountain
ListsMunro, 17
LocationEastern Cairngorms, The Cairngorm Mountains
Grid RefNJ132018
Lat/Lon57.09927, -3.43435


In the eastern Cairngorms the vast sprawl of Ben Avon's plateau is randomly littered with many granite tors, the largest of which rests on the summit, Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe.

Various routes can be used to reach Ben Avon, most of which travel along fine estate tracks to gain the foot of the mountain. Faint paths lead higher up to vast plateaux and good navigation skills will be needed if the tops are in mist.

The most popular approaches are to head in from either Invercauld or Linn of Quoich to the col between Ben Avon and its neighbour, Beinn a'Bhuird. However, my personal favourite is to cycle in from Tomintoul and hike a circular route from the end of Glen Avon.



Hillwalking routes up Ben Avon (Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe)



1. Ben Avon and neighbours from Linn of Dee »


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.

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

2. Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird from Tomintoul »


A delightful cycle on a fine track following lovely River Avon through Glen Avon is followed by hiking paths on gentle slopes to pass weird rocky tors to reach the high summits of Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuirid.

Ascent : 1600m (5250ft)
Distance : 51km (32m)
Time : 10:30hr



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Approaching Ben Avon's summit from the south-westApproaching Ben Avon's summit from the south-west
Ptarmigan and Ben Avon's Clach Choutsaich torPtarmigan and Ben Avon's Clach Choutsaich tor
Ben Avon from Beinn a'BhuiridBen Avon from Beinn a'Bhuirid
Ben Avon from Bynack MoreBen Avon from Bynack More
Ben Avon's summit encased in ice and seen from Bynack MorBen Avon's summit encased in ice and seen from Bynack Mor
The last Munro on my fourth round !The last Munro on my fourth round !




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