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.

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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