This wonderful mountain rises up from the Queen’s Forest in the Cairngorms National Park, just to the east of the town of Aviemore. Thanks to its trails and accessibility, Meall a’ Bhuachaille is an excellent choice for those relatively new to hiking peaks and anyone who’s never been to the Cairngorms before.
Reaching 2,657 feet (810 m), the lower south side of the mountain is cloaked in pine forest, providing a fantastically beautiful start before you break the treeline and ascend the open mountainside. With nothing technical, this also makes for a great family peak to summit.
Ascend Aviemore’s friendly Marilyn for exceptional views
The easiest starting point is at the Glenmore Forest Park visitor centre, where you’ll find facilities, a cafe and all the information you might need. There are several trails up but perhaps the most picturesque is to follow the track and then path around the south eastern side of the mountain to reach An Lochan Uaine with its sparkling, green-tinged waters. Then you continue through the Ryvoan Pass before turning left at its bothy, to ascend the mountain proper.
When you reach the summit, the magic of the Cairngorms is all around you. Look south across Glen More to see Cairn Gorm itself, a stunning mountain with spectacular corries. Loch Morlich glints in the heart of the Queen’s Forest and to the north, Loch Garten shines in Abernethy Forest. For a longer day, you can continue to neighbouring Creagan Gorm and Craigowrie. Or simply descend from the bealach between Meall a’ Bhuachaille and Creagan Gorm.
You can always do the quick and easy from Glenmore Lodge, but the really nice views you will only have taking the woodland path to the Ryvoan Bothy and taking the trail up to the top from there. The views back towards the bothy and over to Cairngorm are magnificient on a good day (and as everyone else is doing the quick and easy, you'll have them likely for yourself ;-)
July 4, 2022
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