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The Cairngorm Giants

Tuesday 13th August 2024

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About the event:

Where are the Cairngorms?


The Cairngorms (or Monadh Ruadh - the Red Mountains) are in the east of Scotland. They sit roughly in between Perth to the south, Inverness to the North, and Aberdeen to the east. The Cairngorms are absolutely magnificent. This huge granite lump is a relic from epochs ago. Among Scotland's highest mountains, most are here. Indeed, five of the 9 mountains over 4,000ft are here (the other 4 being across in Lochaber - Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag).


Unline the west coast mountains with their spiky summits and ridges, over east the mountains tend to be more rounded but vast. Distances are huge here. There are still some epic ridges and cliffs, but the walking here can be easier.


The Cairngorms are the highest, windiest and coldest part of Britain. Animal relics from the ice age still persist here, arctic hair among them - turning white over winter.



About this Adventure


Heading out into the Cairngorms at any time of year is thrilling. We are stepping back in time and into a huge and wild area. This trip will start from Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre car park near Aviemore which is well served by road with the main Perth - Inverness trunk road passing by (the A9). Aviemore is also on the main rail line from anywhere in the UK (including the London sleeper service), regular Citylink buses, and is 40 miles drive from Inverness airport.


You'll need to head along the spectacular mountain road through the Caledonian pine woodland past Loch Morlich to get to the start point from Aviemore. The aim is to tackle the four central big Munros of the northern Cairngorms:

Cairn Gorm (1,244m / 4,081ft)

Beinn Mheadhoin (1,182m / 3,878ft)

Derry Cairngorm (1,155m / 3,789ft)

Ben Macdui (1,309m / 4,295ft) - This is Britain's second highest mountain, only 36m shorter than Ben Nevis

The total distance is 30km, total ascent is 1,813m


Please note that weather and the group on the day might mean a change of plan. But a day out on Britain's highest plateau is still an experience!

Meeting Point:

We'll meet at 0700 for the main Cairngorm plateau Munros on day 1 at the Ski Centre car park here. Please note that at the time of publishing, there is a £3 fee to park for the day so please have some coins handy.

To see the start point in Google maps, please click the link. This will open in a new tab.



Difficulty:

This may be a very long day. A very good level of stamina is needed. There is some easy scrambling to get on the tops of Beinn Mheadhoin as well as dropping down to Loch Avon. Otherwise there are good tracks throughout the area. It is bouldery though in places.

Prerequisites:

A very good level of fitness is required - along with some light scrambling and repeated ascent and descent.

Cost:

The day costs just £90 per person. There are discounts for booking more than one person.


Numbers:

We can take a maximum of 8

Equipment:

Please see the All Activities section of the kit list here. Walking poles for the descents are recommended!

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