On the way to Cairn of Claise on the Glenshee Hill Race

Cairn of Claise

Grass-covered Munro east of Glenshee with a bouldery summit

East of Glenshee, Cairn of Claise is a grass-covered dome with a bouldery top. A well-built wall running along the crest leads to the large cairn on the summit.

Cairn of Claise

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Meaningcairn of the hollow or ditch
ListsMunro, 71
LocationEast of Glenshee, The Grampians, in from Braemar
Grid RefNO185789
Lat/Lon56.89435, -3.33837

East of the A93 and just north of Glenshee Ski Centre, the hills have gently rising, grass-covered slopes and glacially-carved corries. Cairn of Claise is one of several high points on the vast moorland above, its Munro summit distinguished by a large cairn sitting on a well-constructed wall.

Cairn of Claise forms the meeting point above Glen Isla, Glen Shee and Glen Clunie and therefore there as several hillwalking route options. Beware when mist is down as the featureless terrain can be tricky to navigate on.

Hillwalking routes up Cairn of Claise

1. Glenshee 9 Munros »

The 9 Munros above Glenshee can be linked to form a long high-level hiking circuit. With generally grass covered slopes, this is one of the easier ways to go multi-Munro-bagging !

Ascent : 1690m (5540ft)
Distance : 30km (19m)
Time : 10:15hr

2. East of Glenshee »

Compared to the Munros west of Glenshee, the Munros to the east dominated by Glas Maol, are higher, more vast and have less paths or tracks to follow. A bit more of a challenge !

Ascent : 910m (2990ft)
Distance : 15km (9m)
Time : 5:15hr

3. Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and Auchallater Munros »

Tracing an old drove road through Glen Callater, this is a fairly popular route up Carn an t-Saigart Mor and can be extended to include several other Munro summits encircling the glen.

Ascent : 1040m (3410ft)
Distance : 36km (22m)
Time : 9hr

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Guided hillwalking events in this area »

Hiking from Glas Maol to Cairn of ClaiseHiking from Glas Maol to Cairn of Claise
Cairn of Claise from Glas MaolCairn of Claise from Glas Maol
Mountain bikers on summit of Cairn of ClaiseMountain bikers on summit of Cairn of Claise

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