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About this book
About this book
In over 100 walks this first Cicerone walking guide to the Cairngorms explores the region's 23 Munro summits and also the smaller viewpoint hills outside the main range. For the adventurous there are the best of the area's rocky scrambles, and the classic through-routes used by cattle-drovers and by Queen Victoria. For others 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 special in several ways. There's the granite plateau, and an Arctic ecosystem of gravel, boulders and late-lying snow. There are the glacial glens and high corries, where green lochans lie below great crags of the plateau rim. And at the hill foot grows the ancient Caledonian forest. Along with the main Cairngorm range between Speyside and Deeside the book covers Lochnagar. It complements Cicerone's winter climbing guide to the region.
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 Lurchers 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 Bhrocain; 58 Ridge route from Cairn Toul; Summit Summary: Cairn Toul; 59 Coire Odhar; 60 Great Moss; 61 East Ridge (scramble Grade 1); 62 North East Ridge of Angels 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 Devils 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 Jocks 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 Victorias Ballochbuie Route; 95 Byrons 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
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.