Ben Avon's summit from the south-west

Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe, Ben Avon

Munro mountain with many granite tors on vast plateaux

Ben Avon (or Beinn Athfhinn in gaelic) 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


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Height1171m
Prominence197m
Meaningbright mountain
ListsMunro, 17
LocationCairngorms east of the Lairig Ghru, Speyside to the Great Glen
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.



Routes up Ben Avon


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

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.

Peaks : 2 Munros

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



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