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Cairn Toul circuit from Coylumbridge

Nat Park - Cairngorm - Cairngorm North

County/Area - Highland

Author - Peter Smyly

Length - 26.5 miles / 43.1 km

Ascent - 6100 feet / 1848 metres

Grade - severe

Start - OS grid reference NH915107
Lat 57.174257 // Long -3.796171
Postcode PH22 1QG (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

This walk includes three of the highest mountains in Scotland, Braeriach (4,252 feet), Cairn Toul (4,236 feet) and Sgor an Lochain Uaine (4,127 feet). Another Munro, the Devil's Point, is close at one point, but not included on this walk due to serious overall time constraints. It would be a different matter if doing the walk over two days. The walk is so long that it is often spread over two days with an overnight stop at somewhere like the Corrour Bothy. These high peaks of the Cairngorms to the west of the Lairig Ghru valley are among the most remote and inaccessible in Scotland. Therefore, to climb them in one day requires a long approach and return route, wherever you start from. The route avoids the boulder-filled ravine of the Chalamain Gap which may be significant for those who do not like traversing it. However, there are sections of the walk where the terrain is similar, though for relatively short sections and distances.

GPS Files - Notes

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Other walks nearby

Walk 1721 Braeriach via Lairig Ghru from Coylumbridge - hard - 18.2 miles/29.6 km

Walk 3299 Loch an Eilein from Coylumbridge - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 1016 Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, Braeriach & Lairig Ghru - very hard - 28.0 miles/45.5 km

Walk 2067 Rothiemurchus Forest via Balvattan from Coylumbridge - easy/mod - 4.6 miles/7.5 km

Walk 1906 Lochan Mor & Rothiemurchus Forest from Inverdruie - easy/mod - 3.6 miles/5.9 km

Walk 1505 Craigellachie National Nature Reserve (Aviemore) - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km

Walk 1904 Loch Morlich circular (near Aviemore) - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 2412 Craiggowrie & Creagan Gorm from Loch Morlich - mod/hard - 7.3 miles/11.9 km

Walk 2607 Lairig Ghru & Chalamain Gap from Glenmore - mod/hard - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 3579 Meall a'Bhuachaille & Ryvoan Bothy from Glenmore - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

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