Lochnagar from Glen Muick

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Dark Lochnagar with its magnificent northern corrie is the highest, most popular and much the finest mountain of the Mounth - or perhaps even of the Cairngorms as a whole. It was immortalised in verse by Lord Byron.


Route mostly follows clear tracks and mountain paths but there is one steep boulder field to negotiate.

Public Transport

None to start.


Car park at Spittal of Glen Muick. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Deer Stalking information

Balmoral. Stalking between late Aug and 20 Oct. No stalking on Sundays. Recorded phone message: 01339 755532.
Access to Lochnagar by the main path from Glen Muick or the Glas Allt path from Glas-allt-Shiel is always OK. The circuit of the five Munros above Loch Muick is also always OK, as long as you don't come down early either across the White Mounth or into the Dubh Loch area. The path to Lochnagar from the north through the Ballochbuie is also always OK - when stalking is taking place in this area walkers are asked to keep to the paths as the area around Sandy Lochan and Coire nan Eun is very important for stalking. The low level Loch Muick circuit is always OK. If further information is needed, please e-mail glyn.jones@balmoralcastle.com at least a couple of days in advance or phone 01339 742556.

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