The Lairig Ghru is the best known hill-pass in Scotland. It climbs to an altitude of 835 metres and crosses through the central Cairngorms, one of the wildest areas in the country, and is a true classic walk. It is described from Speyside to Deeside.
Clear paths for most of the distance, though these are lost amongst the stones on the very rough highest section. The Lairig is however a long walk through very remote and exposed terrain where help is a long way off and is often snow-bound in winter. This is a serious walk and hence is given Grade 4. WARNING: River Derry footbridge has been swept away by floods; River may be impassable
Bus to Coylumbridge. It is not easy to return to the start by public transport - and even in summer when there are some services from Deeside to Speyside the bus journey will take a whole day.
Hillwalking in WinterPlease note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
Coylumbridge. Map and directions.