Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag from Sgairneach Mhor

Carn na Caim

Munro mountain east of Drumochter Pass

Carn na Caim is the highest point on the vast plateau east of Dalwhinnie that stretches above Drumochter and Gaick passes.


Carn na Caim


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Height 940.8m
Prominence 326m
Meaning cairn of the curve
Lists Munro, 233
Location East of Drumochter, The Drumochter Mountains
Grid Ref NN677821
Lat/Lon 56.91139, -4.17482


Carn na Caim is a fairly featureless Munro summit, and more part of the vast plateau east of Drumochter and Dalwhinnie rather than a hill in its own right.

The most popular and most straightforward way up A'Bhuidheanach Bheag and Carn na Caim follows a fine track from near Dalwhinnie up to the faint remains of a disused quarry. Thereafter, fence-posts indicate the route to these Munro summits.

A longer and more enjoyable outing is to combine A'Bhuidheanach Bheag and Carn na Caim with Meall Chuaich just to the north of the high plateau. Navigation can be testing, even in clear conditions.



Hillwalking routes up Carn na Caim


1. East of Drumochter »


Carn na Caim, A'Bhuidheanach Bheag and Meall Chuaich form a linear route on the eastern side of Drumochter Pass. Having a bike or other transport organised will save a long return route as the start and end points are around 11km apart.
Ascent : 1100m (3610ft)    Distance : 25km (16m)    Time : 8:10hr

2. Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag »


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.
Ascent : 800m (2620ft)    Distance : 16km (10m)    Time : 5:30hr



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Carn na Caim from Meall ChuaichCarn na Caim from Meall Chuaich
Carn na Caim's summit cairn, Meall Chuaich beyondCarn na Caim's summit cairn, Meall Chuaich beyond
Carn na Caim (r) and Meall Chuaich (l) from Geal-charnCarn na Caim (r) and Meall Chuaich (l) from Geal-charn
Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag from A'MharconaichCarn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag from A'Mharconaich
Fence-posts near Carn na Caim's summitFence-posts near Carn na Caim's summit
Walkers approaching Carn na Caim's summit from the south-westWalkers approaching Carn na Caim's summit from the south-west




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