Day Walk: Cairngorm Munros, Coires, Tors and Lochs

A unique Day Trek to travel across the central Cairngorm Plateau and summit three of its iconic Munros.

Visit the stunning waters of Loch Avon and Loch Etchachan, experience the majesty of Coire an t-Sneachda and summit three of the Cairngorms most iconic Munros: Ben Macdui, Britain’s second highest mountain;  Beinn Mheadhion with its magical granite tors; and Cairn Gorm itself.

Our journey will start at the  Cairngorm Mountain Ski area at the Coire Cas Car Park. Already at a height of 635 metres, from here on our journey will rapidly enter deep into the mountains and head into the magnificent Coire an t-Sneachda [Coire of the Snows] with its towering cliffs, before our ascent to the Central Plateau via the Goat Track. This is a steep path with a degree of exposure and, although not a true scramble, on occasions needs a hand on rock.

Once on the plateau we will head to one of the most iconic mountain views in Scotland as the burn [stream] of Feith Buidhe plummets down to the secretive Loch Avon surrounded by the Shelter Stone, Stag, Eagle and Hell’s Lum crags. From here we head off path through the mystical and rarely visited Garbh Uisge towards our ascent of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Britain at 1,309 metres. This will, on a clear day, give us stunning views down into the Lairig Ghru, Scotland’s most famous mountain pass, and across to the high summits and Munros of the western Cairngorms.

From Ben Macdui we descend towards Loch Etchachan passing above the Grey Man’s Crags with views to the Southern Cairngorms and Dee Side, before reaching Britain’s highest major loch at 927 metres. Our route now ascends steeply to the plateau of Beinn Mheadhion with easy walking towards its granite tors whilst taking time to search out the human and animal features naturally eroded into the rocks. After a short [optional] scramble to its summit we will continue our journey down to a sandy underfoot crossing [shoes off] through the outflow of Loch Avon, where time allowing, a refreshing quick swim might be warranted. 

Our final ascent takes us up to the Saddle and then high above Stathnethy on the eastern flank of Cairn Gorm towards Coire Mhearad,  with views to the eastern Cairngorms including Bynack Mor,  Beinn a’Bhuird and Ben Avon [A’an]. Once we have taken in the true summit of Cairn Gorm we will drop down to the Fiacaill a’ Choire Chias and our final descent back to the Ski Centre.

Throughout the journey your guide will relate the stories and myths of the Cairngorm Plateau.


28 August, 2021

Group size

Limited to 6 people


Personal walking gear including waterproofs, boots and warm clothing. We will provide hot drinks along the route, but you will need to provide your own packed lunch, any personal snacks and cold drinks.
Please see our Equipment page for more details.


£60 per person
The full amount is payable via Bank Transfer to secure a place. Please take the time to read our cancellation policy.

Walking Grade

Level 7
As well as good paths and easy going, this day will include steep ascents and descents, some rough and exposed montane terrain, as well as some mild scrambling and boulder fields. See more about our fitness grading.


Starting and returning at Cairngorm Mountain Ski Centre at Core Cas at the end of the Glen More road. There may be a parking fee. Meet up time 9.00 am.

Enquire & Book

Please note: This is a booking request form and doesn’t guarantee your place(s) until we get back to you with confirmation. At this point you will be also sent an invoice for payment via Bank Transfer which then secures your place(s). We update the places available manually and always aim to do this as soon as we can to avoid disappointment.