Beinn Mheadhoin via the Shelter Stone

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Beinn Mheadhoin is one of the Cairngorm's remoter peaks. This trip involves much ascent and descent just to reach the start of the climb; it passes through the magnificent Loch Avon basin.


This is a testing mountain walk with a climb almost over the top of Cairn Gorm being necessary both on the way out and the way back. It passes through very remote country, lacking clear paths and far from help; a good deal of experience is necessary, especially in winter. There is some steep ground on the descent to Loch Avon and bouldery terrain on Beinn Mheadhoin itself.

Public Transport

Bus to Cairngorm ski centre from Aviemore.


Cairngorm Ski Centre car park (charge). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please 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.

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