A'Bhuidheanach Bheag in winter

Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag

Hillwalking route up two Munros east of Drumochter Pass

Carn na Caim, A'Bhuidheanach Bheag are the highest points on the vast expanse east of Drumochter Pass. A fine track leads from the busy A9 onto this expanse, where a line of fence-posts make for straightforward navigation on what would otherwise be very challenging ground.


Route outline


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Munros A' Bhuidheanach Bheag
Carn na Caim
Ascent 800m (2620ft)
Distance 16km (10m)
Time 5:30hr
Start/finish 3km south of Dalwhinnie
Grid Ref : NN639821
Terrain
easy hard
Nav
easy hard
Effort
easy hard
Scenery
ok fab


A fine track leads onto the expansive moorland around Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag. Terrain is fairly easy underfoot, with fence-posts aiding navigation between A'Bhuidheanach Bheag to Carn na Caim. Heather-clad slopes make for a delightful and quick descent at the end of the route.



Route detail


Getting there »
  • This route starts on the east side of the A9, 1km south of the Dalwhinnie junction, where a track heads into a section of forest. There is limited parking available at the roadside here, but there's more in lay-by 87 on the other side of the road a few metres south.

A'Bhuidheanach Bheag »
  • From the large gate (often open), go through the planted forest and head up the track.
  • The track turns south and climbs for 1km, before heading east, then turning south-east for the last 200m ascent up to the plateau.
  • As it approaches the old quarry, the path seems to disappear into gravel, at this point , contour off to the right (south-east) on a faint path for around 500m. This avoids an unnecessary ascent up to a minor summit (marked 902m on OS maps) and you'll re-join the track again around 300m south of the minor summit, this time beside a line of fence-posts.
  • Follow the track and fence-posts south, over a bump for 1km to its end , then cross the wet ground and head southwards directly uphill.
  • After climbing up grassy slopes for another 1km, you should meet up with the line of fence-posts to take you to the summit of A'Bhuidheanach Bheag with its lonely trig point.

Carn na Caim »
  • About-turn at A'Bhuidheanach Bheag's trig point and return north following the fence-posts for 500m to retrace steps downhill from the sharp turn in the fence-line . Rejoin the track heading northwards uphill.
  • Back over the bump and then where you joined the track, instead continue over the minor summit (marked 902m on OS maps) .
  • Continue following the fence-posts or track over another minor summit (marked 914m on OS maps) on towards Carn na Caim.
  • Over undulating ground, around the top of Coire Uilleim , reach a sharp turn in the fence-line just before Carn na Caim's summit. Carn na Caim's summit cairn cannot be seen from the turn in the fence-line, but the worn path on the ground indicates the way.

Return »
  • Leave Carn na Caim's summit cairn and retrace your steps for around 1km to the top of Coire Uilleim . Leave the track and begin contouring westwards for around another 1km.
  • Now keeping to the crest of the shoulder between Coire nan Cisteeachan and Coire Uilleim, enjoy some bounding as you descend over thick heather, back down towards the A9.
  • Pick up the track and return to the roadside.



Route profile »


Maps and GPX downloads »


Weather forecasts & webcams »


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Route photos


On the track heading to A'Bhuidheanach BheagOn the track heading to A'Bhuidheanach Bheag
A'Bhuidheanach Bheag's summit trig, with Schiehallion distantA'Bhuidheanach Bheag's summit trig, with Schiehallion distant
On the vast expanse below A'Bhuidheanach BheagOn the vast expanse below A'Bhuidheanach Bheag
Fence-posts aid navigation on the way to Carn na CaimFence-posts aid navigation on the way to Carn na Caim
Carn na Caim's summit with Meall Chuaich beyondCarn na Caim's summit with Meall Chuaich beyond
Descending back down from Carn na Caim to the A9Descending back down from Carn na Caim to the A9




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