Derry Cairngorm from Beinn Mheadhoin

Derry Cairngorm

Munro peak in the heart of the Cairngorms

Hidden in the heart of the Cairngorms, Derry Cairngorm is a boulder and stone covered mountain overlooking Glen Derry and lonely Loch Etchachan. Derry Cairngorm's remote position poses a dilema of route choice !


Derry Cairngorm


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Height1155m
Prominence141m
Meaningblue cairn of the oak thicket
ListsMunro, 21
LocationGlen Avon, Speyside to the Great Glen
Grid RefNO178980
Lat/Lon57.06279, -3.62187


Sitting in National Trust for Scotland land, Derry Cairngorm is a mountain in the heart of the Cairngorms, with a wide summit ridge running north-south and connected to Ben Macdui via Creagan a'Choire Etchachan. Above 950m, much of the ground is boulder and stone covered.

The easiest access to gain the Munro summit of Derry Cairngorm, is to approach by bike on the fine estate tracks from Linn of Dee and Derry Lodge to the south. This option goes through some forestry and woodland and traces faint paths higher up.

Approaches from the north are probably best made from Glenmore or the Cairngorm ski centre, though estate tracks don't penetrate the area as far and paths are rougher.



Routes up Derry Cairngorm


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.

Peaks : 4 Munros

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

Cairngorm Darkside from the north

Between Aviemore and Braemar 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. This route heads in from Cairngorm ski centre heading as far south as Derry Cairngorm. The hidden gem of Loch Avon with its undisturbed beaches is visited en route, nearby a search will find the 'Shelter Stone' - a place to overnight out of wind !

Peaks : 4 Munros

Ascent : 1480m (4860ft)
Distance : 21km (13m)
Time : 7:45hr



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