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Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe is the Munro summit of Ben Avon, a giant of the Cairngorms National Park. The summit tors make for fun scramble. The best way to reach the foot of the mountain is by mountain bike. We hired bikes in Braemar and cycled in from there.
Cairn Gorm is one of the best known summits in Scotland, and despite not being the highest has lent its name to this whole mountain range. It has heavily developed for ski-ing and by the funicular railway to the Ptarmigan restaurant, detracting greatly from its wildness and the experience of climbing it on foot.
Water rushes through the narrow Linn of Quoich making a picturesque stopping point. Queen Victoria was very fond of this place and it became a popular attraction, but nowadays it is much quieter than the nearby Linn of Dee. Upriver from the Quoich the path was always very rough and in recent years has been damaged by flooding - it is still possible - and very beautiful - but is something of an obstacle course, requiring care, in places.
The structure is a refuge rather than a conventional bothy, providing only the most basic shelter. It comprises one small room (it will sleep three to four people in reasonable comfort, but any more will be playing at sardines) with a door but no window. The inner core of the building is wooden but, following renovation by the MBA in 2011, is fully insulated and weathertight. This compartment is surrounded by a thick casing of granite boulders which, if they tend to make it rather inconspicuous in a landscape filled with granite boulders, do at least ensure it’s not going anywhere no matter how strong the wind.