Carn a'Mhaim from the slopes of Derry Cairngorm

Carn a' Mhaim

Long ridge Munro mountain in the heart of the Cairngorms

Overlooking the southern approaches to the Lairig Ghru, Carn a'Mhaim is rather unusually shaped for a Munro in the Cairngorms, it's long and narrow crest stretching towards the base of Ben Macdui.

Carn a' Mhaim

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Meaningcairn of the large rounded hill
ListsMunro, 95
LocationGlen Avon, Speyside to the Great Glen
Grid RefNN995952
Lat/Lon57.0368, -3.65825

Most of the higher mountains in the Cairngorms are large and domed in shape - not so Carn a'Mhaim. This Munro mountain has a long and fairly narrow ridge stretching northwards from its summit above the Lairig Ghru towards its higher neighbour Ben Macdui.

Carn a'Mhaim is predominantly heather covered, thicker lower down, stunted higher up. If aiming to bag Carn a'Mhaim on its own, the approach from Linn of Dee via Derry Lodge and through Gleann Laoigh Bheag makes for a fine approach on estate tracks and well-defined paths on the hillsides and higher ground.

Combining a hike up Carn a'Mhaim with Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm into one outing makes for a fine circular route, again aiming in from Derry Lodge. Carn a'Mhaim is rather awkwardly placed for an approach from the north (either through the Lairig Ghru or over Ben Macdui), though if backpacking over the Cairngorm 4000s, Carn a'Mhaim is worthy of a detour.

Hillwalking routes up Carn a' Mhaim

Cairngorm darkside from Linn of Dee »

Between Braemar and Aviemore and east of the Lairig Ghru are vast plateaus with several Munro peaks. amongst the hidden lochans, long narrow crests, dark corries, huge cliffs and weird granite tors. Healthy forests surround the area with a diverse wildlife and, if you're lucky, you might come across a reindeer herd feeding on the arctic-like tundra.

Ascent : 1850m (6070ft)
Distance : 35km (22m)
Time : 10:15hr

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