Route: An extended version of this walk, which includes Beinn Mheadhoin,
is given on the previous page but one.
The walk can also be done sensibly in reverse. If so, go as far as the highest
point of the path in Lairig an Laoigh and head directly for the zig-zag scree path.
If taking the western path up Glen Derry, you can start off up the wheeled vehicle track but take care to go right at the rather indistinct fork at NO04149379 for otherwise you will continue onto a rather boggy ATV track one or two hundred yards to the west of the walkers' path. However, note also that the upper bridge over the Derry Burn at NO03979577 is officially closed. (Last checked in March 2019.) It is described as dangerous, apparently because of flood damage to the eastern pier (see CairngormWanderer).
The OS 1:25k map shows two enclosures without trees in Glen Derry. The surrounding deer fences have been removed and there are now mature scots pines there.
North of these plantations, there is a potentially difficult ford of the Glas Allt Mor at NO03599869 where a bridge is surely needed.
The times here are very slow owing to exertions the previous day. The ascents and distances above exclude cycling back from Linn of Dee to Braemar at the end of the day.
Note that I cycled 1.6 miles beyond Linn of Dee at a two-way average of 5½mph which seems almost worthwhile instead of walking.
|Lift to Linn of Dee
|Cycle to Derry Lodge
|Cycle N on track to burn bridge in Glen Derry
|Walk from br over burn in Glen Derry. Path
starts 100m before this at rock on large boulder.
|NE to M Beinn Bhreac
|W to col
|W to T Beinn Bhreac, W top
|N to bealach
|N to T Beinn a'Chaorainn Bheag
|W to col
|WSW to M Beinn a'Chaorainn
|SW to path at top of Lairig an Laoigh
|Lunch at junction with L. Etchachan path
|Path S to path junction for bridge
|Ascend hill left on track to highest pt
|S along track in Lairig to bike at bridge
|Bike on track at bridge in Glen Derry
|Cycle S to Derry Lodge
|Bridge over Lui Water where track splits
|Left branch ESE to gate on track to Mar Lodge
|ESE to Victoria Bridge
|E/NE to Braemar