The Cairnwell from Creag Leacach

The Cairnwell

Prominent Munro peak west of Glenshee Ski Centre

Above Glenshee Ski Centre, The Cairnwell is a prominent peak. The summit is a mere 260m above the highest point on the A93, therefore making it one of the easiest Munros to bag !


The Cairnwell


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Height933m
Prominence127m
Meaningcairn of bags or peatbanks
ListsMunro, 244
LocationWest of Glenshee, The Grampians, in from Blair Atholl
Grid RefNO135774
Lat/Lon56.89589, -3.42269


The summit of the Cairnwell is a less than 300m above Glenshee Ski Centre and, along with the tracks leading from the centre to its summit, this makes for a straightforward ascent, making The Cairnwell one of the easiest Munros to bag !

As the crow flies, The Cairwell's summit is less than 1km from Glenshee Ski Centre, however this route is pathless and although fine for a descent, not a great choice for uphill. Instead, there are fine ski-tracks which can be used (as long as skiing isn't in progress !).

Tag in Carn Aodsa for a circular route above Glenshee Ski Centre, or better still, extend the route westwards to Carn a'Gheoidh for a longer and more interesting route away from crowds.



Hillwalking routes up The Cairnwell



1. Glenshee 9 Munros »


The 9 Munros above Glenshee can be linked to form a long high-level hiking circuit. With generally grass covered slopes, this is one of the easier ways to go multi-Munro-bagging !

Ascent : 1690m (5540ft)
Distance : 30km (19m)
Time : 10:15hr

2. West of Glenshee »


Carn Aodsa and The Cairnwell hiked together from Glenshee Ski Centre makes for one of the easiest Munro routes. Extend this to include Carn a' Gheoidh for something a tad more challenging !

Ascent : 625m (2050ft)
Distance : 11km (7m)
Time : 3:50hr



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The Cairnwell from the track up Glas MaolThe Cairnwell from the track up Glas Maol
The Cairnwell from the north in Glen ClunieThe Cairnwell from the north in Glen Clunie
Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell from Cairn of ClaiseCarn Aosda and The Cairnwell from Cairn of Claise
The Cairnwell from the westThe Cairnwell from the west
The buildings on The Cairnwell's summitThe buildings on The Cairnwell's summit
The Cairnwell from Carn AosdaThe Cairnwell from Carn Aosda




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