Tolmount and Tom Buidhe via Loch Callater

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Tolmount and Tom Buidhe are two of the least distinguished Munros, Tom Buidhe in particular being a rounded hummock in the centre of a vast rolling plateau. The approach via Loch Callater is long but probably the most scenic approach, with Tolmount from this direction at least having a conical shape and some craggy corrie scenery.


Good tracks for the approach and descent. Sections of the path above Loch Callater are very boggy. The two Munros and return route follow a pathless, exposed plateau, where navigation can be difficult.

Public Transport

No public transport; walk begins three kilometres south of Braemar.


Parking area at Auchallater (charge). Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Deer Stalking information

West of Tolmount-Fafernie ridge: Glencallater (Invercauld). Stalking between mid Sept and 20 Oct. No stalking on Sundays. If further information is needed, please e-mail or phone 01339 741224.
Land in Glen Doll/Glen Clova catchment to east of Tolmount and north of Tom Buidhe: Bachnagairn (Balmoral). Stalking between mid-Aug and 20 Oct. No stalking on Sundays. Recorded phone message: 01339 755532. If further information is needed, please e-mail at least a couple of days in advance or phone 01339 742556. The Den of Altduthrie (southwest of Bachnagairn) is regularly used for stalking, but the higher and more pleasant route to and from the plateau via the Glittering Skellies is always OK.
South of Tom Buidhe: Tulchan of Glenisla. No stalking issues.

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