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Derry Cairngorm


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
1155 m (3789 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
20 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Blue peak of Glen Derry

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  36   Grantown & Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountains
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Derry Cairngorm is a 6km long mountain forming the W slopes of Glen Derry. The summit, which is an elongated cone lying NW to SE lies towards the N end of the mountain between Coire Sputan Dearg (of Ben MacDui) to the W and and Coire Lochain Uaine to the E.

The E slopes into Glen Derry are generally craggy and steep and should be avoided whereas the W slopes generally have more moderate inclines and fewer rocky outcrops.

The summit cone is composed of boulders, the upper slopes are of short grass and the lower slopes of grass and heather.

The normal access routes are from Glen Luibeg to the S or from Loch Etchachan to the NW.

Hazards you may encounter on Derry Cairngorm include
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Derry Cairngorm
by Metcheck
Derry Cairngorm Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Derry Cairngorm.

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 Routes that include Derry Cairngorm
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1745 m 33.49 km 10 hrs Ben MacDui, Derry Cairngorm and Carn a' Mhaim  A long rewarding day which took 11.5 hrs to complete. Care is required when crossing the bouldery summits of Ben MacDui & Derry Cairngorm. A fine ridge walk from Carn a'Mhaim & Ben MacDui. A moderate although long route for the reasonably fit.  
2 1144 m 23.18 km 6.5 hrs Derry Cairngorm  Derry Cairngorm is the closest of the Cairgorm Munros to the Linn of Dee, but this is still a relatively big day requiring endurance. The Mountain is an easy ascent, but the boulder strewn summit slopes can be slow to cross. The route duration can be shor  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Derry Cairngorm

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Roy and John in a gale.

© John Forster

Image by John Forster

Top of Derry Cairngorm 13/11/2010

© john wells

Image by john wells

Me on the summit of Derry Cairngorm. 14/08/10

© Mike Reynolds

Image by Mike Reynolds

Molly and Jorja (captured by phone, because I'd forgotten my proper camera!) at the top. 2/5/10

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair
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Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm
by Neil Cuthbert
Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm
by Stephen Ferrie
Carn a' Mhaim, Ben MacDui and Derry Cairngorm
by Stephen Ferrie
Derry Cairngorm
by David McSporran
Derry Cairngorm
by Kenny Mcneill

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Christine George
wrote on
May 21, 2007
Superb path all the way from the footbridge at Derry Lodge, leads all the way up to Carn Crom, the path splits here, 1 goes along the east side of Carn Crom, the other goes up and over the top of Carn Crom, the short exposed section on bare granite is on the path that goes along the east side of Carn Crom so take the path that goes up and over Carn Crom if you want to miss the exposed bit. Path then is quite clear all the way up to the bouldery section just below the summit.
Roger Vander Steen
wrote on
August 18, 2006
There is a rebuilt path from Derry Lodge to beyond Carn Crom. Continue straight on at the footbridge and over stiles at two deer fences. At the first crags (600 metres) stop to admire the work which has gone into making the path. The top of Carn Crom is by-passed on the east; there is a very short exposed section here on bare granite. The terrain on the whole summit area is bouldery.

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