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The Walks

Meall a'Bhuachaille

via Ryvoan





SMC Area:

08 - The Cairngorms

Meall a'Bhuachaille Meall a'Bhuachaille

OS Map

Start point and OS Grid Reference

Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre
NH 976098

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Explorer OL57 : Cairngorm and Aviemore



Landranger 36 : Grantown and Aviemore


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Mountain Statistics


Summit Height

Summit Grid Reference

Munro/Corbett Number


English Translation

Meall a'Bhuachaille

810m / 2,658 feet

NH 990115


myowl a boo-a-heel

hill of the shepherd













Route Summary

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Route Distance

Total Ascent

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9.1 km / 5.7 miles

535 m / 1,755 feet

4 - 5 hours

No navigational difficulties



Moderate but with good paths

Route Description


Park in the car park close to the Reindeer Centre at Loch Morlich on the road to the ski area. There is plenty of parking in the area so early arrival is not essential.





2.5 kilometres

309 metres

At the back of the Reindeer Centre you will see a path signposted through a gate leading into the forest. Take this path and follow the track into the forest. At a junction shortly after entering the forest turn left (heading a bit east of north) and follow this path through the forest climbing slowly but steadily beside a small stream. Shortly after crossing the stream on a bridge the path emerges onto the open hillside at a height of around 480 metres. Continue climbing on the obvious path up the hillside to a col.





2.4 kilometres

147 metres

On reaching the col turn right (roughly east) and follow the path up the ridge to the summit of Meall a'Bhuachaille which is marked by a large cairn. From the summit descend east on the obvious path. The descent begins gently but soon becomes more steep. In good visibility the direction is obvious, all you need to do is head towards the Ryvoan Bothy which is the only building in sight ! But, if visibility is a problem, do not worry when you come to a fork as the split in the path is only temporary so you can take either of the two paths ! The path levels out and arrives at a track alongside the bothy.





4.2 kilometres

79 metres

Turn right (just west of south) onto the track at the bothy and follow it a short distance to a junction. At the junction continue straight on (south-westish) into a steep sided valley which becomes increasingly more tree covered as you go deeper. When you meet it follow the Allt na Feith Duibhe through the woods past An Lochan Uaine. At the end of the lochan ignore the path to the right and continue along the track. Pass a further path that heads left into the forest and continue along the track crossing the stream and passing Glenmore Lodge Outdoor Centre before reaching the Ski Road a short distance from the car park. Turn right and walk the short distance along the road back to your car.

Suitability for Dogs

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Awkward Stiles

Other Comments

Plenty of running water all round this route

Plenty of potential for your four-legged friend to get a muddy makeover !

None, no awkward/dangerous moves, no sharp rocks




29th March 2017

Route description complete.