Carn a' Mhaim and The Devil's Point

Carn a’ Mhaim. The mountain is located on one of the two long ridges which radiate south from Ben Macdhui; it reaches a height of 1037 metres (3402 feet) and along with Macdhui and Derry Cairngorm forms the central body of the Cairngorms that lie between the two major passes of the Lairig Ghru and the Lairig an Laoigh. The mountain is notable in that it has the only ridge walk of any significance in the Cairngorms range. Its name translates from the Gaelic as “Cairn of the large rounded hill”, when viewed from the south it does appear as rounded, although in reality the mountain is a north-south oriented ridge. Another possible meaning of the name is “Hill of the Pass” derived from mam or mhaim, meaning pass. The mountain stands at the entrance of the Lairig Ghru pass, so this meaning is a possibility.

The Devil’s Point (Scottish Gaelic: Bod an Deamhain) is a mountain in the Cairngorms of Scotland, lying to the west of the Lairig Ghru pass. The Gaelic name means “Penis of the Demon”. The English name is a result of a visit to the area by Queen Victoria. She asked her local ghillie, John Brown, to translate the name; to avoid embarrassment he gave a euphemistic answer. Devil’s Point and Corrour Bothy

Although The Devil’s Point is strikingly distinct when seen from the south, it is a subsidiary peak of Cairn Toul, the summit of which lies some 3 km (1.9 mi) to the north; it reaches a height of 1,004 m (3,294 ft). The easiest route is to follow the path leading up the Coire Odhar from Corrour Bothy, on the eastern side of the mountain. To reach the bothy requires a long walk in; the most usual route is to follow the Lairig Ghru from Linn of Dee, a distance of some 12 km (7.5 mi).


This 360 Route starts at Derry Lodge. If you want to see what the route looks like from Linn of Dee car park to Derry Lodge please view it HERE.

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