Colin's Munros


Beinn Bhreac, Beinn a'Chaorainn & Beinn Mheadhoin
Maps 36, 403; 5th June 2009

Route: 1565m = 5140' ascent, 6.2 miles cycling, 17.3 miles walking. 10hrs

Coire Etchachan from Stob Coire Etchachan. Coire Etchachan from Stob Coire Etchachan. The stacks on Beinn Mheadhoin The stacks on Beinn Mheadhoin Loch Etchachan and Ben Macdui The cliffs above Loch Avon from Beinn Mheadhoin Loch Avon from Stacan Dubha Loch Avon from Stacan Dubha Loch Avon and  Bynack More from Stacan Dubha Carn Etchachan from Stacan Dubha. Stacan Dubha and Carn Etchachan Looking west into Coire Etchachan from Lairig an Laoigh. Ben Macdui and Loch Etchachan from Stob Coire Etchachan. Ben Macdui and Loch Etchachan from Stob Coire Etchachan.

Route: This is a full day's walk over three Munros, culminating at the Munro top Stacan Dubha which, like its neighbour Carn Etchachan, has amazing views of Loch Avon and its surrounding cliffs. Stacan Dubha is a must-visit top of Beinn Mheadhoin.
The Corbett top Meall an Lundain (NO06199481) is optional and is easily by-passed by going from Glen Derry path straight to the bealach at NO05469590. This saves 100m of ascent.
The walk is easily shortened to include only Beinn Mheadhoin as in the next page, or to include only Beinn Bhreac and Beinn a'Chaorainn as in the following page.
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. Otherwise, be aware that weather conditions such as high winds can make it dangerous to ascend the exposed summit barn of Beinn Mheadhoin.
Grumble: Due to short-sighted but deliberate methods used in the path re-construction up Glen Derry with raised stones and deep culverts in order to deter mountain bikes, I recommend cycling not much further than Derry Lodge. In my experience mountain bikers have never been a problem to walkers here. Unfortunately, this bit of "progress" unfairly denies the less able as well as bikers from being able to access, experience and benefit fully from the National Park.
Weather: Frequent showers of hail/snow (in June!). Cloud at 3500', 1"-2" snow on ground on tops. Unfortunately no view from Beinn Mheadhoin nor any of its tops on this occasion – its top Stacan Dubha has one of the best views of Loch Avon & surrounding crags. The photos are mostly from August 2005.

0825 Park at Linn of Dee (No Orange) 375   00.0 milesNO0627289820
0835 Cycle to bridge over Lui Water 400421.15 milesNO06359145
0855 Cycle to Derry Lodge 425723.1 milesNO0410793414

0900 Derry Lodge 425720.0 milesNO0410793414
0905 N on Glen Derry path (E bank) to forest edge 430770.3 milesNO04329360
0955 Optional:
NE over heather moor to Meall an Lundain
7774251.7 milesNO0620594828
1020 NNW to lochan at bealach 673 2.55 milesNO05389592
1055 Path NNE to M Beinn Bhreac, E top 9316803.3 milesNO0586997076
  330m W to col 907 3.55 miles 
1105 250m W to T Beinn Bhreac, W top 9277003.7 milesNO0528497200
  N to broad bealach NO050986 850 4.7 milesNO050986
1225 N to 324T Beinn a'Chaorainn Bheag 10178756.67 milesNJ05730172
1235 W to col between two lochans 945 6.85 milesNJ05430165
W to M Beinn a'Chaorainn (Orange) 108210057.45 milesNJ04530135
1335 SW to Lairig an Laoigh path at boundary
(Some good scree for last 150m descent)
74010058.47 milesNJ0333100490
Steep but easy ascent WNW to
T Stob Coire Etchachan (Orange)
108213509.07 milesNJ02470055
  NW to col 1056 9.25 milesNJ02180068
1445 N to middle top (stack) 116014509.6 milesNJ02220122
  NNE to col 1144 9.7 milesNJ02280144
  N passed small stack 1150  NJ0230401517
  N passed another stack 1155  NJ0233401595
N to M Beinn Mheadhoin
and ascend barn. (Orange)
118214909.9 milesNJ02460169
  Return SSW to col 1144 10.1NJ02280144
  SSW bypassing middle top (stack) 1160  NJ02220122
  W to col 1147 10.33 milesNJ02020123
1520 SW to Beinn Mheadhoin S top (cairn) 1163151010.45 milesNJ01850117
  SW for 250m on RHS slope of ridge 1100 10.6 milesNJ01670100
  NW down easy fast "scree"
of coarse granite sand to col.
985 10.9 milesNJ0131601277
1540 NW to T Stacan Dubha. Include this for
superb view of L. Avon & surrounding crags
1013153011.03 milesNJ01190153
  S/SSW to path at county boundary 950 11.6 milesNJ01130061
1600 Path SSE to Little Loch Etchachan outflow 925 11.83 milesNJ01290032
1620 Path ESE down to Hutchison Memorial Hut 700154012.57 milesNO0229999792
1635 Path E to footbridge 625 13.2 milesNO03209948
1645 SE to junction with Lairig an Laoigh path 600 13.6 milesNO0353599050
1700 N end of Northern enclosure 525 14.22 milesNO0355698037
1705 S end of northern enclosure 525 14.5 milesNO0354297557
  Track S to right fork onto path 500 15.45 milesNO03629613
1730 Path S to bridge over Derry Burn (unsafe?) 497154215.7 milesNO0396995773
1800 Path on W bank to bridge at D.Lodge
(This is the more scenic side of the river)
433154717.15 milesNO0404893520
1805 Track E to Derry Lodge 425155217.3 milesNO0410793414

1810 Cycle at Derry Lodge 4250.0 milesNO0410793414
1825 Cycle S to bridge over Lui Water 4001.9 milesNO06359145
1835 P at Linn of Dee (No Orange) 3753.1 milesNO0627289820

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