Carn a'Mhaim

  • 3 of Britain"s highest mountains from Carn A Mhaim ridge - © William Mackesy
  • Carn a"Mhaim - Looking North West, with Ben MacDui to the right, and Braeriach left of centre.  - © Geograph user Graham Ellis
  • Carn a" Mhaim - North Ridge - © Geograph user Adam Ward
  • Carn a" Mhaim from Ben Macdhui  - © Geograph user Mick Knapton
  • Ben Macdui from the north ridge of Carn a" Mhaim - © Geograph user Graham Ellis
  • South towards Carn a" Mhaim North Ridge. (Approaching Ben Macdui summit from Allt Clach nan Taillear ) - © Geograph user Donald Thomas
  • Carn a" Mhaim Easy walking on the usual path that one associates with the more popular hills.  - © Geograph user Calum McRoberts
  • Carn a" Mhaim from near Luibeg Bridge Cairngorms - © Geograph user Paul Birrell
  • Carn A Mhaim from Glen Lui - © William Mackesy
  • Carn A Mhaim from upper Glen Lui - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Glen Lui from Carn A Mhaim flank - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Glen Lui from Carn A Mhaim flank - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Across Glen Dee to Devil"s Point from Carn A Mhaim flank - © William Mackesy
  • South down Glen Dee Carn A Mhaim flank - © William Mackesy
  • Cairn Toul, Braeriach, Bern Macdui and  upper Dee towards Lairig Ghru,  from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy
  • Cairn Toul from carn A Mhain - © William Mackesy
  • Cairn Toul and Braeriach across upper Dee from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Dee from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy
  •  Bern Macdui  from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy
  • Carn A Mhaim ridge - © William Mackesy
  • Narrowing Carn A Mhaim ridge, Ben Macdui and beginning of Lairig Ghru - © William Mackesy
  • Derry cairngorm from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Ben macdui from Carn A Mhaim ridge - © William Mackesy

Key information: Carn a'Mhaim

  • A long and magnificent narrow ridge walk to the east of the upper Dee valley, gazing across to the Cairn Toul massif.
  • In the same massif as Ben Macdui, so you can walk on to that peak.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest9
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating90

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,296m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Across Glen Dee to Devil's Point from Carn A Mhaim flank - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Carn a’Mhaim is a long and magnificent narrow ridge walk to the east of the upper Dee valley (said to be the only real narrow-ridge walk in the Cairngorms), gazing across that great glen to the Cairn Toul massif.

Climb onto the ridge from the south, just west of upper Glen Lui, a steep beginning, and head on up rough boulders toward Ben Macdui. You can descend the steep Tailor Burn to the floor of the upper Dee/Lairig Ghru, or trudge on to tackle Ben Macdui if feeling strong.

This is demanding walking in remote mountains with uncertain weather. Come fully prepared, including to descend quickly if the weather deteriorates.

The Cairngorms: Walks, Trails and Scrambles – Cicerone. As usual, a brilliantly researched book covering 102 fantastic walks of all shapes and sizes, including numerous approaches to these mountains, although very brief on Carn a’Mhaim. And written by the at times poetic Ronald Turnbull. Find relevant books on Amazon.

See our Cairngorms page for more general and practical information and photos.

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 Bern Macdui  from Carn A Mhaim - © William Mackesy

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Carn A Mhaim from Glen Lui - © William Mackesy...
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