Beinn Mheadoin & Derry Cairngorm

Beinn Mheadhoin 1,182 m (3,878 ft) is a mountain in Scotland. By some counts it is the thirteenth-highest mountain of Great Britain. It lies in the very heart of the Cairngorm mountains, and is one of the most remote hills in the region.

The summit is broad and flat. It is noted for its summit tors; large boulders left by retreating ice sheets at the end of the last ice age. The highest point of the hill is, in fact, the top of one of the largest tors, and an easy scramble is required to reach it.

Derry Cairngorm 1,155 m (3,789 ft) is regarded as part of the central group of Cairngorm hills, along with Ben Macdui and Càrn a’ Mhàim. Ben Macdui stands four km to the north west and is connected by a col of height of 1014 m. The mountain was originally named An Carn Gorm but was renamed to Carn Gorm an Doire to avoid confusion with the nearby Cairn Gorm. The name has now been anglicised to Derry Cairngorm: the original Gaelic means “Blue cairn of Derry”. Derry is the anglicisation of doire, or doireach, meaning wooded, a reference to the Scots pines that adorn the southern slope of the mountain near Derry Lodge, remnants of the old Caledonian Forest. The hill is well seen from Inverey and often appears as dark blue in colour, however from other angles it takes on a distinct pink tinge as result of its granite rocks.

This 360 Route starts at Linn of Dee car park. It’s a lot quicker to cycle in to Derry Lodge and hike from there.


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