Lairig Ghru

  • Lairig Ghru: Devil"s Point and Lairig Ghru - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Entering the Lairg Ghru from the south - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Garbh Chiore left, Lairig Ghru right - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Toward Lairg Ghru from Devil"s Point slopes - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Looking down from Lairig Ghru towards upper Dee valley  - © Flickr Sebastian Kottinger
  • Lairig Ghru: Approach from North-west  - © Flickr Monica Guy
  • Lairig Ghru: Across Lairig ghru  - © Flickr user GariochT
  • Lairig Ghru: Cairn Toul and Braeriach across Lairig Ghru from Ben Macdui  - © Flickr Nick Bramhall 2
  • Lairig Ghru: Tough and desolate  - © Flickr Sebastian Kottinger 3
  • Lairig Ghru: © Flickr Sebastian Kottinger 2
  • Lairig Ghru: In the Lairig Ghru  - © geograph user Russel Wills
  • Lairig Ghru: Lairig Ghru  - © geograph user Roddy Smith
  • Lairig Ghru: Lairig Ghru  - © geograph user Peter S
  • Lairig Ghru: Looking into the Lairig Ghru  - © geograph user Alan O"Dowd
  • Lairig Ghru: Looking south down upper Dee from Ben Macdui, Lairig Ghru to right  - © Flickr andrewrendell
  • Lairig Ghru: Mini Glacier in the Lairig Ghru  - © geograph user Matt MCConway
  • Lairig Ghru: The Lairig Ghru path near Tullochgrue  - © geograph user Nigel Brown
  • Lairig Ghru: Towards the Lairig Ghru  - © geograph user Lis Burke
  • Lairig Ghru: Upper Dee towards Lairig Ghru, from above Corrour Hut - © Flickr Nick Bramhall
  • Lairig Ghru: View down the Lairig Ghru from Miadan Creag an Leth-choin - © wiki user Nigel Brown
  • Lairig Ghru: Cairn Toul, Braeriach, Bern Macdui and  upper Dee towards Lairig Ghru,  from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Narrowing Carn A Mhaim ridge, Ben Macdui and beginning of Lairig Ghru - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: early days - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Across Cairn Gorm flank to Chalamain Gap - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Towards Chalamain Gap - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Chalamain Gap - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Chalamain Gap - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Approaching LG - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Lairig Ghru from north - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Looking back north - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Down into Garbh Choire from Lairig, wet day - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Cairn Toul - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Up into Lairg Ghru from upper Dee glen - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Upper Dee glen from LG base - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Upper Dee glen - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Corrour hut - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Devil"s point - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Upper Dee glen, Corrour hut, LG far distance - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: Corrour hut - © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: © William Mackesy
  • Lairig Ghru: © William Mackesy

Key information: Lairig Ghru

  • A sensational, sheer sided glacial gouge through heart of the Cairngorms, Britain’s highest landmass.
  • Cross from the Spey to the Dee Valleys through some of Scotland's finest scenery. See deer, eagles, and other special wildlife.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest5
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Long day walk
  • Maximum Altitude: 833m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Lairig Ghru: Cairn Toul and Braeriach across Lairig Ghru from Ben Macdui  - © Flickr Nick Bramhall 2

WALK SUMMARY

A wonderful old drovers’ track linking Coylumbridge on Speyside to upper Deeside, passing through a sensational sheer-sided fissure in the high Cairngorm plateau. Traverse from the Spey to the Dee rivers through some of Scotland’s finest scenery. See deer, eagles, and other special wildlife.

This is one of The Great Walks, but a very long day: breaking it up (in good weather) with a night out or in the Corrour hut is unforgettable. You could then return to Speyside via Glen Derry and Lairig an Laoigh to make a remarkable circuit or you can tackle one of the Cairngorm’s great peaks – Cairn Toul or Braeriach or Ben Macdui before walking out – it would be rude, even negligent, not to.

The scenery is extraordinary throughout - all clichés apply - as is the natural world you pass through: wild, lonely glens populated by deer, eagles, and capercaillie.

A very fit person can do this in one very long day. But, this is tough walking in fickle mountains, so come prepared.

The Cairngorms: Walks, Trails and Scrambles – Cicerone. As usual, a brilliantly researched book covering 102 fantastic walks of all shapes and sizes. Find relevant books on Amazon.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

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Lairig Ghru: Across Lairig ghru  - © Flickr user GariochT

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Lairig Ghru: Looking down from Lairig Ghru towards upper Dee valley  - © Flickr Sebastian Kottinger

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Lairig Ghru: Approach from North-west  - © Flickr Monica Guy...
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