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Name:The Cairnwell
Hill number:435
Height:933m / 3061ft
Parent (Ma):428  Carn a' Gheoidh
RHB Section:06B: Pitlochry to Braemar and Blairgowrie
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA), Perth and Kinross (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Aberdeen), Catchment Boundaries, Tay
Watershed:Aberdeen Bay, Firth of Tay
Class:Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo, Yeaman
Grid ref:NO 13487 77352
Summit feature:huge cairn
Col:805.9m  NO 1272 7812  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 43
(1:25k) OL52N 387N
Survey:obvious summit/Leica RX1250
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 800 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Glenshee Ski Centre ascent of Carn Aosda and on to The Cairnwell and Carn a’Gheoidh. Return the same route.raymooremanx27/09/2019
Alan, Andrew, Gavin, Jane, Robert, TorilNHWC14/09/2019
2nd of a 2 day 7 munro loop.honey badger24/08/2019
From Glenshee Ski Centre (NO 13944 78092) - Carn Aosda - Carn nan Sac - Carn a' Gheoidh - The Cairnwell North Top - The Cairnwell. Navigation not too difficult, a mixture of good tracks and grassy paths throughout. Very windy during most of the walk, especially on The Cairnwell summit.david23020101/07/2019
If feeling lazy, the Glenshee chairlift runs April to October (weather permitting). First up 9.30am (far too late for the average hill-bagger), last up 16.15, last down 16.30. Single £6, return £10. Good cafe and car park. 01339 741320carole engel27/06/2019
Done with Alex Kelso, Gordon Stevenson and the boysShibby22/06/2019
With Jon and Housechild.Grinner-Munros219/04/2019
With Karen & Buster....worst munro summit....everHighland Days25/02/2019
From Glenshee ski centreliljonb25/02/2019
From Glenshee Ski Centre, up Carn Aosda, round ridge to Cairnwell, return to low point on reidge and descent back to ski centre. With JSkdbennett24/12/2018
With M-A& SammyNeily There13/10/2018
Very windy and some drizzle in the air, but I think we got down before the worst of it started.Alex C07/10/2018
Fifth of Six Glenshee Monroes with AJ & AWFred Windsor22/09/2018
Seventh munro.David Bremner14/09/2018
R and L's first Munro. With James, A &nell- a cracking daypaddyirish08/09/2018
Glenshee 9 Hill Racequadbarrel05/09/2018
Glenshee 9 Hill Race!Kevthecat05/08/2018
mbed with Carn a'Gheodhie and Carn Aosda 3hours 40minutes all in.chillyman803/08/2018
With h and jPilotralph 16/07/2018
Part of walk starting from the ski centre car park. Using walkhighlands route with Carn Binneien added.PsyCrow03/07/2018
Carn Aosda, Carn Aosda North Top, Carn nan Sac, Carn a' Gheoidh, Carn Bhinnein, The Cairnwell North Top and The Cairnwell. Another great day with great weather. From Glenshee Ski center.Alunrees3328/06/2018
4.6 mile walk from top of the pass taking in The Cairnwell, The Cairnwell North Top and Carn Aosda, raining when we started which then turned into hail, then dry for 20 mins with rumbles of thunder around until it started raining again despite this all summits on the walk were out of the cloud, nice to be back in Scotland!DanTrig09/06/2018
Lovely half day...well, after leaving top of Cairnwekl! 3hr roundAndytomlinson24/10/2017
With Carn Aosda and Carn a'Gheoidh from Glenshee Ski CentreGeoff Briggs05/10/2017
3 Munro circuit from Glenshee Ski CentreAjm031020/08/2017
Busy up here today and breezy. 2nd of the day.Play2End18/06/2017
With TMD. A linear ridge walk using 2 cars. We are beginning with the Cairnwell (913m), then heading across to Carn Aosda (917m) before heading along the ridge to Carn nan Sac (920m), Carn a Gheoidh (975m) and Carn Bhinnein (917m) before dropping into the valley for some less visited miscellaneous locations that eventually take us back to my car at the Spittal of Glenshee.meltdiceburg31/05/2017
Climbed with WC, JK, MD, JD, AM & DW. 1 of 3 for the day.AC-OFWC08/05/2017
With CathyB. From Gelnshee Ski-Centre.masmith02/01/2017
With JamesAimless Rambler21/11/2016
With AS + IS.eks01/09/2016
With AS + ES.iks01/09/2016
Solo. From the car park at Glenshee Ski Centre. After ascending Carn Aosda and its North Top. From the North Top skirted the 903m top to the west and went on to the Cairnwell North Top and the Cairnwell. Descended directly down to the car park. Easy walking and a nice day.pwbellarby26/08/2016
SMHC monthly walk. Clear skies, but very cold.LizzieG17/04/2016
On skis, tour of Cairnwell, Carn a'Gheoidh and Carn Aosda.clashcityrocker19/03/2016
From main car park as round of three Munrosemily07/03/2016
Easy path to follow if no snow. A fair bit of wind and clag today. Did it with Carn AsodaAristotle Chip29/12/2015
The three Cairnwell Munros, by the Walk Highlands route. Added a couple of minor tops which were just off the route and extended west to Carn Bhinnein.Crib Goch20/10/2015
Hill 3 of 4amelialloyd06/09/2015
7 - 2 hour jog around the Cairnwell 3 from the Glen Shee Ski car park. In clag almost the whole way.huwthomas31/07/2015
Second Munro of the day. Possibly the ugliest Munro summit I have stood on yet. Lots of buildings and large eroded tracks and ski paraphanelia.GravelMonkey11/07/2015
Weather fair.MountainMac09/06/2015
On a fine horseshoe route over 3 Munros starting from Baddoch. Pete and I did this one second, then Carn a'Gheoidh, then by Baddoch Burn back. A relatively wild walk for these three and satisfying for it.pwheeler03/06/2015
Tashs 3rd +2 4 hours inc other 2pigerg25/05/2015
all 3 in 4 hoursTash25/05/2015
The Cairnwell / Carn a' Gheoidh / Carn Aosda ski tour from GlensheeJim Cooper19/01/2015
Solo Uisdean2523/12/2014
After Cairn Aosda. Now in the clouds.mcbboyd15/11/2014
With Alasdair. Walked from Glen Shee Ski centre to Spittal of Glenshee via Cairn Aosda,The Cairnwell, Carn a' Gheoidh, Beinn Iutharn Mor and Carn Bhac returning along Gleann Taitneachraffemeister31/08/2014