Lairig Ghru

  • Devil"s Point and Lairig Ghru - © William Mackesy
  • Entering the Lairg Ghru from the south - © William Mackesy
  • Garbh Chiore left, Lairig Ghru right - © William Mackesy
  • Toward Lairg Ghru from Devil"s Point slopes - © William Mackesy

Key information: Lairig Ghru

  • A sensational, sheer sided fissure through the high plateau of the Cairngorms.
  • Traverse from the Spey to the Dee rivers 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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Entering the Lairg Ghru from the south - © William Mackesy

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.

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Toward Lairg Ghru from Devil's Point slopes - © William Mackesy

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