Hill Walking

For the hardened hill walker the Cairngorms has some of the best on offer in Scotland. With four of Scotland's five highest mountains and forty two other munros (hills over 3,000 feet high), National Park hill walkers are simply spoilt for choice. Here are just a few:

Ben Avon

1171m. The most extensive hill in the Cairngorms forming a vast sprawling mass to the south of Glenlivet. It chief characteristic is the extrodinary granite tors that are liberally scattered over its summits and flanks. A long and memorable day out from Tomintoul.

Beinn a' Bhuird

1196m. Another huge hill with a vast summit plateau. The high level walk from the North Top to the South Top gives some of the finest views in north-east Scotland. Like Ben Avon it may be climbed on a long day out from Tomintoul.

Ben Macdui

1309m. Scotland's second highest mountain. Probably the most artic place in the UK, it possesses the finest high lochs and grandest precipices in the Cairngorms. From the summit there are fine views across the Lairaig Ghru to Cairn Toul and Braerich. May be combined with Cairngorm to give another superb day out in the hills.


1245m. One of the most accessible Munros in the Cairngorms range. From the car park at Coire Cas a stony path leads up the Fiacaill a' Coire Chais to the plateau. Cairngorm summit is just a short distance to the east. Cairngorm and its corries present one of the best known views in Scotland when seen from Loch Morlich.

Beinn Mheadhoin

1182m. Several great tors called Sabhalan (barns) Beinn Mheadhoin rise from the whaleback of this hill. The summit itself consists of a big tor with a cairn perched on top. Fine views over Loch Avon can be enjoyed a short distance to the west of the summit.

Bynack More

1090m. A beautiful conical peak that dominates Abernethy forest when seen from the north. From the summit there is a fine view of the Caiplich moors with Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird to the south east. From the car park at Coire na Ciste it can be combined with Cairngorm for a fine day out in the hills.

Beinn a' Chaorainn

1082m. The shapely cone of Beinn a' Chaorainn lies to the east of Beinn Mheadhoin. Spacious views towards Ben Macdui and Beinn a' Bhuird can be enjoyed from the summit ridge. The easiest access is from the Lynn of Dee.

If you fancy an easy day out in the hills why not try one of our local Corbetts. All have magnificent summit views of the Cairngorms and North East Scotland, most in return for relatively little effort.

Ben Rinnes

840m. Banffshires best loved Corbett. Being isolated it commands a glorious view over the Laich of Moray and across the Moray Firth to Caithness. An easy ascent of 550m from the car park.

Corriehabbie Hill

781m. This is the highest point of the heather moorland between Glen Rinnes and the heads of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. There is a fine spacious view over vast rolling hills and moors to the Banffshire lowlands and the hills across the Moray Firth. May be climbed from the Braes of Glenlivet.

Carn Mor

804m. The highest point on the long range of the Ladder Hills. These broad hill tops bear a crisp lichen rich vegetation with vast peaty hollows where golden plover pipe mournfully and dunlins scream in late spring. Easily ascended from the Lecht Activity Centre car park.

Carn Ealasaid

792m. A fine viewpoint 3 kilometres to the west of The Lecht. Easily ascended from the Lecht with its ski tows, cafe and car park.

Creag Mhor

895m. This remote hill is situated in the Caiplich moors at the western end of Glenavon. Explore its rough granite tors on a long day out from Tomintoul.

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