Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm from Deeside

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This long hillwalk heads from the Linn of Dee heads up to Derry Lodge before climbing over the bald, stony summit of Derry Cairngorm. It then continues past the foot of Loch Etchachan to climb remote Beinn Mheadhoin with its majestic granite tours at the very heart of the wild Cairngorms. The return is down beautiful Glen Derry and through its pinewoods.


Excellent approach tracks and hill paths, exposed boulder fields on Derry Cairngorm and rocky scramble to reach highest point of Beinn Mheadhoin. The return route down Glen Derry has potentially hazardous burn crossings.

Public Transport

Limited summer (Jun-Sep) bus.


Linn of Dee car park (charge). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Deer Stalking information

Land south of Stob Coire Etchachan and Beinn a'Chaorainn, including Beinn Bhreac and approach via Glen Derry: National Trust for Scotland. No stalking issues.
Land north of Stob Coire Etchachan and west of Lairig an Laoigh, including Strath Nethy approach and most of Beinn Mheadhoin itself, managed by RSPB Scotland. No stalking issues.

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