This guidebook contains over 100 routes for walking in the Scottish Cairngorms. It includes 18 Munro summits and smaller viewpoint hills. Walks range in length from 1 to 26 miles and are graded for difficulty.
For the adventurous there are the best of the area's rocky scrambles, and the classic through-routes including the Lairig Ghru. For those looking for a more gentle alternative, there are easy, sandy trails wandering among the tall pines and along the banks of the great rivers Spey, Nethy and Dee.
Britain's biggest mountain range is home to exceptional and varied scenery - from the ancient Caledonian forest to the granite plateau and the glacial glens and high corries where green lochans lie below great crags of the plateau rim.
Along with the main Cairngorm range between Speyside and Deeside, the guidebook covers Lochnagar. It includes practical information on snack stops, public transport and accommodation, as well as a route summary table and scrambles summary.
Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written other Cicerone guides, Walking in the Lowther Hills and Book of the Bivvy.
Introduction Cairngorms: the highs and the lows Walking conditions When to go Safety in the mountains Maps How to use this book Part 1 Aviemore and the Spey 1 Grantown and Spey 2 Spey at Boat of Garten 3 Craigellachie Birches 4 Geal-charn Mor 5 Around Loch an Eilein 6 Ord Ban 7 Argyll Stone Part 2 Glen More 8 Gleann Einich and the Sgorans 9 Creag a' Chalamain and the Cat Notch 10 Down Cairn Gorm 11 Lochan Uaine 12 Meall a' Bhuachaille 13 Creag Mhor and Bynack More 14 Beinn Mheadhoin Summit Summary: Cairn Gorm 15 Bynack More and the Saddle 16 Strath Nethy and the Saddle 17 Lairig an Lui, Loch Avon, Coire Raibert 18 Lochan na Beinne and Cnap Coire na Spreidhe 19 Coire Cas (descent) 20 Coire an t-Sneachda: Headwall (scramble Grade 1) 21 Coire an t-Sneachda: Pygmy Ridge (scramble Grade 3) 22 Coire an t-Sneachda: Goat Path 23 Fiacaill Ridge of Coire an t-Sneachda (scramble Grade 1) 24 Lurcher's Crag 25 Plateau route from Macdui Shelter Stone Summary 26 Strath Nethy and the Saddle 27 Lairig an Lui, Loch Avon 28 To Coire Cas or Cairn Gorm by Coire Raibert 29 From Coire Cas by Coire Domhain 30 From Linn of Dee by Loch Etchachan 31 To Ben Macdui by Loch Etchachan 32 To Carn Etchachan by Pinnacle Gully (scramble Grade 1) 33 Forefinger Pinnacle (scramble Grade 3) 34 To Ben Macdui by Avon Slabs (scramble Grade 1 or 2) Summit Summary: Ben Macdui 35 From Lairig Ghru by Tailor Burn 36 From Derry Lodge by Carn a' Mhaim 37 Sron Riach 38 Via Derry Cairngorm 39 Coire Etchachan 40 From Coire Cas 41 Plateau route from Cairn Gorm Part 3 Badenoch 42 Badenoch Way 43 Insh to Aviemore 44 Druid Circle at Dalraddy 45 Take an Insh 46 Carn Dearg Mor 47 Mullach Clach a' Bhlair by Coire Garbhlach 48 Badan Mosach waterfall 49 Summer Road to Ruthven 50 Glen Tromie: Croidh-la 51 Creag Bheag Summit Summary: Braeriach 52 From Glenmore by Chalamain Gap and Sron na Lairige 53 From Rothiemurchus by Sron na Lairige 54 Gleann Einich and Coire Ruadh 55 Gleann Einich and Coire Dhondail 56 Coire Dhondail scramble (scramble Grade 1) 57 South Ridge of Coire Bhrochain 58 Ridge route from Cairn Toul Summit Summary: Cairn Toul 59 Coire Odhar 60 Great Moss 61 East Ridge (scramble Grade 1) 62 Northeast Ridge of Angel's Peak (scramble Grade 1) 63 Corrie of the Chokestone Gully 64 Ridge route from Braeriach Part 4 Glenlivet and Tomintoul 65 Hills of Cromdale 66 Carn Daimh 67 Around the Brown 68 Glen Brown and Ailnack Ravine 69 Ben Avon by its River 70 Tors of Ben Avon 71 Cnap Chaochan Aitinn 72 Ailnack Upper Ravine Part 5 Donside 73 Carn Ealasaid 74 Brown Cow Hill 75 Don to Ben Avon Part 6 Deeside Braemar 76 Clais Fhearnaig 77 Derry Cairngorm by Lochan Uaine 78 The Happy Face of Beinn a' Chaorainn 79 Dee and Derry 80 Around Glen Geusachan 81 The Devil's Back Side 82 Glen Quoich 83 Beinn a' Bhuird 84 Carn na Drochaide and the Fairy Glen 85 Morrone Birkwood and the Dee 86 Morrone and Glen Ey 87 Creag nan Gabhar 88 White Mounth and Jock's Road Part 7 Balmoral and Lochnagar 89 Balmoral Castle 90 Craigendarroch and the Dee 91 Around Loch Muick 92 Dubh Loch and Broad Cairn 93 Creag an Dubh-loch Summit Summary: Lochnagar 94 Queen Victoria's Ballochbuie Route 95 Byron's scramble by the Stuic (scramble Grade 1) 96 Tracks from Balmoral 97 Meall Coire na Saobhaidhe 98 Tourist path from Spittal of Glenmuick 99 Conachcraig 100 Loch na Gaire 101 Falls of Glas Allt (descent) 102 From Loch Callater The Long Routes The Cairngorms 4000s The Lairig Ghru Appendices I Route summary II Access (in particular during the deer-stalking season) III Mountain bothies IV Gaelic place names V Lists of hills VI Scrambles summary and grading VII Accommodation and information VIII Further reading