Colin's Munros


Lochnagar, Fafernie & Broad Cairn, map 44; 8th August 2003

Route: 1985m = 6515' ascent, 24.45 miles, 11 hrs

Route: i) On the ascent, the Corbett Conachcraig (NO27968653, 865m) could be included at a cost of ¾ mile and 190m ascent.
ii) The route includes a large number of Munro tops which could be omitted with a consequent significant saving of ascent and distance.
iii) Navigation between tops in the vicinity of White Mounth may be a problem in cloud if a GPS location is unavailable.
iv) A return can be made down to Loch Muick after Carn an t-Sagairt Mor (or earlier, as here) but the saving by omitting the Munros Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn (and their Tops) is only 325m of ascent.
v) A return from Carn an t-Sagairt Mor via some or all of Meikle Pap, Cuidhe Crom and Little Pap might enable the outlier Meall Coire na Saobhaidhe to be reached by a different route which includes all the Munro tops with less ascent. Many permutations are possible, but much of the terrain is rocky and so keeping to standard paths is usually advantageous.
vi) There are paths out to Conachcraig, Meikle Pap and Meall Coire na Saobhaidhe. However, the descent from Cuidhe Crom to Little Pap is pathless and all over large boulders. These boulders also continue down to around 850m along the NE flank of Cuidhe Crom.
vii) The ridge from Fafernie over Cairn Bannoch to Broad Cairn is easily included when climbing Tom Buidhe and Tolmount from Acharn at the head of Glen Clova (NO28367610), as described here.
viii) Alternatively, the second half of the walk can be done from Spittal of Glenmuick as given here.
ix) Pick a day with excellent visibility as the views are magnificent, especially over the corries and lochs.

0700 Park at Spittal of Glenmuick 40000.0 milesNO30998511
  Track NW to Allt-na-giubhsaich, then
W up to cairn at path end by bealach
 — Optional detour to C Conachcraig
and back to track at bealach.
865 — —NO27978653
0830 Path W/N to T Meikle Pap 9806053.9NO26008605
  Descend path W again back to memorial. 850 3.5NO26288566
0905 Contour S round Cuidhe Crom to
T Little Pap
0925 NW to T Cuidhe Crom 10838655.7NO26018492
1005 NW to Cac Carn Mor 11509856.7NO24538569
1010 Path N to M Cac Carn Beag 115510157.0NO24388613
1045 NW/N to T Meall Coire na Saobhaidhe 97410857.85NO24268729
  Return S to Cac Carn Beag 115513338.75NO24388613
  Path S to bealach 103513609.5NO24058517
1155 SW/SE to T Creag a'Ghlas-uilltboring 1068139010.35NO24218422
1205 SW to T White Mounthboring 1051141010.75NO23728384
1230 N/NW to M Carn a'Coire Boidheachboring 1110150511.6NO22698456
1240 N over path to The Stuic 1093151512.0NO22638516
1255 W/SW to T Carn an t-Sagairt Beag 1044156012.65NO21678488
1315 SW to M Carn an t-Sagairt Mor 1047164513.3NO20848428
1355 S to T Fafernie, boring 1000171514.65NO21538232
 — Optional detour SW to Creag Leachdach 955  —NO21048167
1405 Path NE/E to M Cairn Bannoch 1012174515.25NO22298254
1435 Path SE to T Cairn of Gowal 991176515.65NO22688208
1455 SSE to T Craig of Gowal
(+ farthest pt NO23358068)
1520 N to T Creag an Dubh-loch 983187517.65NO23328227
1540 S/ESE to M Broad Cairn 998194018.4NO24068156
1655 Track E down to bridge above L. Muick 445197022.05NO28848218
1710 Scenic detour dn to L. Muick & back to bridge    NO28848218
1800 Track NE along Loch Muick to Parking 400198524.45NO30998511

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