Lochnagar's northern corries

Lochnagar & Callater Munros

Routes on the Munros above Loch Muick

A group of five Munros forming a high-level circuit around Loch Muick. The highest peak is Cac Carn Beag, which looks down into the dark coire of Lochnagar below, which is a favourite winter climbing area. The other summits are less characterful, but many discoveries are made when roaming over them, including wildlife, waterfalls and plane-wreckage.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Walking for some of the way is on fine paths, but be prepared for rough terrain heading up Lochnagar and on Broad Cairn and have your navigational wits about you when the mist is down.

Avoid doing this route in an anti-clockwise direction when a strong north-easterly is blowing as fighting against the wind funnelling up from Loch Muick can be soul-destroying !

Munros Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag) (1155m, Munro 20)
Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach (1110m, Munro 42)
Carn an t-Sagairt Mor (1047m, Munro 84)
Cairn Bannoch (1012m, Munro 117)
Broad Cairn (998m, Munro 142)
Corbetts Conachcraig* (865m, Corbett)
  * see alternative routes below
Ascent 1280m (4,200ft)
Distance       26km (16m)
Time walk : 8:30hr*
run : 3hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Spittal of Glenmuick
(grid ref : N0310852)


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Meanings  Lochnagar : 'little hill of laughter or noise'
Cac Carn Beag : 'pass of the small cairn'
Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach : 'hill of the beautiful corrie'
Carn an t-Sagairt Mor : 'big hill of the priest'
Cairn Bannoch : 'peaked hill'
Broad Cairn : 'broad cairn'
Conachcraig : 'combination of rocks'

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