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Cairngorm Walks,
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

The Cairngorm National Park walks listed below cater for walkers of all abilities from easy walks to challenging mountain walks in remote areas. All walks are free to download and print and all routes have GPS files. The routes cover some of the highest mountains in Britain which are for experienced walkers only. In contrast lower level walks are also featured.


Cairngorm North Walks

Cairngorm North is centered on the regional centre of Aviemore where there are a wide range of emenities for walkers. The routes below include some of the highest summits in Britain and need to be treated with respect. Many routes take you into wild terrain and are for experienced walkers only. In winter snow and ice can provide a challenging environment for walking and necessary precautions should be taken.

1906Lochan Mor & Rothiemurchus Forest from Inverdruieeasy/mod3.60
1904Loch Morlich circular (near Aviemore)easy4.00
2067Rothiemurchus Forest via Balvattan from Coylumbridgeeasy/mod4.60
1505★☩Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (Aviemore)easy/mod5.00
3579★☩Meall a'Bhuachaille & Ryvoan Bothy from Glenmoremoderate5.50
1390★☩Cairn Lochan via the Fiacaill Buttress from the Ski Centrevery hard5.70
2672★☩Cairngorm Mountain via Coire an t-Sneachdamod/hard6.00
2931Creagan an Fhithich from Falls of Truimeasy/mod6.30
3299Loch an Eilein from Coylumbridgeeasy/mod7.00
2412★☩Craiggowrie & Creagan Gorm from Loch Morlichmod/hard7.30
3218★☩Eag a' Chait gap Via Rothiemurchus Lodge from Glenmoremoderate8.20
1777★☩Carn Daimh from Glenlivetmoderate8.50
1276★☩Loch Avon Circular via Cairn Gorm Mountainhard9.00
1771★☩Ladder Hills from Chapeltown, Glenlivetmod/hard9.50
1605Loch an Eilein & Rothiemurchus Foresteasy/mod10.00
2031Abernethy Forest, Cairngormseasy/mod10.20
1881★☩Ben Macdui & Cairn Lochan from the Ski Centrehard10.40
2607★☩Lairig Ghru & Chalamain Gap from Glenmoremod/hard11.00
2314★☩Cairngorm & Ben Macdui from the ski centrehard11.00
2421★☩Braeriach via the Chalamain Gaphard15.00
1721★☩Braeriach via Lairig Ghru from Coylumbridgehard18.20
1020Glenmore to Linn of Dee via Lairig Ghru & Corrourhard21.00
3076★☩Cairn Toul circuit from Coylumbridge severe26.50
1016★☩Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, Braeriach & Lairig Ghruvery hard28.00

Cairngorm South Walks

Cairngorm South includes routes that commence in Arbendeenshire with the main regional centre being Braemar. Routes to the highest summits in the National Park tend to be longer when using approaches from the south. The area must be treated with respect with wild and remote terrain. Winter can provide difficult conditions for walkers especially with long exit routes to safety.

3108Creag Choinnich circular from Braemareasy/mod4.00
2706★☩Morrone (Morven) from Braemarmoderate7.40
1864Glen Quoich & Glen Lui (near Braemar)moderate10.00
1119★☩Ben Macdui, Carn a' Mhaim via Derry Lodge from Linn of Deehard19.00

★ GPS file    ☩ Route profile


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