Lairig Ghru

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 Scotlands finest scenery. See deer, eagles, and other special wildlife.
  • A very fit person can do this in one very long day. But, this is tough walking in fickle mountains, so come prepared. 

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

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A wonderful old drovers track linking Coylumbridge on Speyside to the waterfall at Linn of Dee on Deeside, passing through a sheer-sided fissure in the high Cairngorm plateau.

This is one of The Great Walks, but a very long day: breaking it up (in good weather) with a night out is unforgettable. You could then return via Glen Derry and Lairig an Laoigh to make a remarkable circuit.

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.

See our Cairngorms walk page for detailed practical information.

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