Bynack Mor from the north

Bynack More from Glenmore

Hillwalking route up Bynack More and its subsiduary tops from Glenmore

Bynack More is a very accessible and interesting mountain sitting at the north-eastern edge of the Cairngorms. Above heather-clad moorland, this is a rocky mountain with some weird granite tors. A fair amount of the route can be done on bike !



Route outline


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Munros

Bynack More

Walk ascent 760m (2490ft)
         distance 13km (8m)
         time 4:30hr
Bike ascent 100m (320ft)
         distance 9km (6m)
         time 1:00hr
Start/finish Glenmore Lodge
Grid Ref : NH988095
Terrain
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Nav
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Effort
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Scenery
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This is the most popular route to Bynack More and begins from Glenmore from where a fine track heads up to Strath Nethy. A well-constructed path then leads up onto Bynack Mor and its subsiduary top Bynack Beg. Apart from the final haul up Bynack More's northern side, gradients are gentle and away from the main paths, terrain is predominantly heather covered. There's a fair distance to cover to reach the Munro summit, but around half of this can easily be done on bike.

Winter is probably the best time to hike up Bynack More, snow and ice make for a more challenging day and crsip air allows vast views from the summit.

Alternatives to a there-and-back include a wander over to A'Choinnich and returning through Strath Nethy on a very rough path, crossing the Fords of Avon and heading up Beinn Mheadhoin, or heading over A'Choinnich to The Saddle and up Cairn Gorm.



Route map




Route description


1. Getting to Glenmore Lodge

On the south side of Aviemore, there is a roundabout, from where the road towards Cairngorm Mountain begins. It's a journey of around 10km passing lovely Loch Morlich on the way. After entering Glenmore, pass the Visitor Centre, then turn left and drive the 1km to the end of the road and try and park on the verge just beyond Glenmore Lodge.

This area can be busy, so if parking is not possible, return towards the visitor centre, then turn left and there are a couple of parking areas marked (charge of £2 at time of writing, or you can buy a season-pass from Glenmore Visitor Centre).


2. Strath Nethy

Bynack Mor from Strath Nethy

From the end of the road, head around a barrier, then folllow a good estate track heading initially east. After around 2km, you'll come to An Lochan Uaine , the 'green lochan', it's worth stopping here to take in the atmosphere. No one quite knows why the loch is quite so green and there are legends surrounding this weird place.

A further 500m on from the lochan, the track comes to a junction - left will take you to Ryvoan Bothy, Abernethy and the foot of Meall a'Bhuachaille. Turn right for the track aiming towards Bynack More.

This next section of track seems to suffer from natural errosion quite a bit, but has recently been worked upon. After around 2km you'll come to a bridge over the River Nethy - this is where Bynack Stable was until 2007, when rumour has it, it was blown down in a storm. If you've cycled in, this is the spot to leave bikes. From the bridge, if you look up the Strath Nethy, you'll see Bynack Mor ahead.


3. Bynack More

Nearing Bynack More's summit, Meall a'Buachaille beyond

Over the bridge and now on a well maintained path, aim south-east uphill. The path climbs gently, most fell-runners will be able to run up the gradient. I have cycled up this, but the frequency of drainage slabs took its toll on my tyres and I ended up with a punture !

After climbing around 300m, the gradient levels out, then a further 1km on, at around c780m, a cairn marks the point where the path should be left. Now on a fainter path, head south, aiming directly for the foot of Bynack More. The path then twists as it climbs steeply, the route obvious all the way to Bynack More's summit cairn , often a windy spot !


4. Barns of Bynack, Bynack Beg and return

The Barns of Bynack

You could just re-trace your steps and return, but for more interest, head further south for a detour of 500m and a drop of around 50m to investigate The Barns of Bynack - a weird group of granite tors.

To the north-west of Bynack More's summit is Bynack Beg . This Munro Top has a fine view back down Strath Nethy and a faint path can be traced from the col between it and Bynack More back to the the foot of Bynack More for the return to Glenmore.





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