Ben Macdui and Cairngorm

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Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in Britain. Approaching it from Speyside involves crossing the vast and exposed Cairngorm plateau, a rolling arctic wilderness and a popular route but requiring excellent navigation skills.


Good paths on ascent and descent to plateau. The plateau itself is extremely exposed and tricky to navigate except in perfect conditions - particularly serious when under snow.

Public Transport

Bus to Cairngorm ski centre from Aviemore.


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

Deer Stalking information

Northern approaches to Ben Macdui managed by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and RSPB Scotland. No stalking issues.

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