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Cairn Toul
Cairn Toul

The winter months are not a time to attempt this walk unless you are very experienced. At any other time of year, you will still need to have a good knowledge of a map and compass. However, this high-level route will reward you with spectacular views and is certainly worth the effort.

It is possible to leave your car where the ski lifts are situated at the foot of Cairngorm, alternatively, a mini-bus runs from Aviemore.

Half a mile back down the road, a path heads south westerly for three miles towards the start of the Lairig Ghru. From here continue in the same direction for a mile and then turn southeast and make your way up towards Stron na Lairige. A faint path is visible to the top. Now make your way down to the coll and then a steady climb takes you up to Braeriach. From here, it is reasonably simple and you will soon be on Cairn Toul's rocky summit. If you check your map, you will see the track to Ben Macdui via Stron Riach peters out, but on the ground, it is clear to the top. There are good paths all the way to Cairngorm.

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