Carn a' Mhaim and Ben Macdui from Linn of Dee

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This is a long, hard walk over two of the southern Cairngorm Munros, including Ben Macdui, Scotland's second highest peak.

From the NTS car park at Linn of Dee, good paths and tracks lead 9km along the flat and scenic Glens Lui and Luibeg to the start of the climb up Carn a' Mhaim. Here a recently constructed path eases the steep climb up the south-east ridge and leads to the col between the two main tops. The summit is directly across the Lairig Ghru from Devil's Point, providing a great view of this dramatic bare rock.

At this point you decide whether to return by the same route or continue to Ben Macdui. An easy 2km ridge walk above the Lairig Ghru leads to the col below Ben Macdui and the start of a tough 500-metre climb, much of it over a rough boulder-field, to the 1,309-metre-high summit. The second highest summit in Scotland provides an amazing 360-degree panorama of the Cairngorm plateau, especially the views across the Lairig Ghru.

A long descent of the Sron Riach ridge gives more great views as you return to Glen Luibeg and the long walk out along Glen Lui.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Aberdeenshire - Cairngorms

Features

Great Views, Mountains, Munro, National Trust, River, Toilets

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23.6 Miles