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Name:Ben Macdui [Beinn Macduibh]
Hill number:518
Height:1309m / 4295ft
RHB Section:08A: Cairngorms
County/UA:Moray (UA), Aberdeenshire (UA)
County (CoH):Banffshire (CoH), Aberdeenshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Grampian (CoA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Dee (Aberdeen), Spey
Watershed:Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Aberdeen Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Murdo, Yeaman, Trail 100
Grid ref:NN 98900 98934
Summit feature:trig point on large platform
Col:359m  NN632842  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 36 43
(1:25k) OL57S 403S
Comments:Double county/UA top
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  • Grampian (1974) administrative county top
  • Aberdeenshire historic county top
  • Banffshire historic county top
  • Aberdeenshire current county/UA top
  • Moray current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 1009 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Started and finished at the ski centre car park.MrLemon06/07/2020
Run from Linn of Dee, Devils Point, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine, BraeriachHuwel21/08/2019
From ski centre with GFE. Fiacill Na Leth Choin, Ben Macdui (both tops), Stob Coire Sputan Dearg, Creagan a Choire Etchachan, Stob Coire An T-Sneachda, Fiacaill a' Choire Chais, Cairn GormFionalevey03/08/2019
From Linn of Dee, cycled to Derry Lodge, continued on tracks into Glen Luibeg and up Sron Riach, then headed N to Carn Etchachan, returning directly summit of Ben Macdui, continuing down past Sron Riach to rejoin tracks back to Derry Lodge and then Linn of Dee.kdbennett13/07/2019
From Linn of Dee Car Park (NO 06291 89816) - Derry Lodge - Sron Riach - Ben Macdui - Stob Coire Sputan Dearg. Descent back over Sron Riach and back to the car park reversing the outward route.david23020108/07/2019
Solo - Solid Cloud, no viewsTopsaswell25/06/2019
Part of the Scottish 3 Peaks Challengerossdrummond21/06/2019
Walked as part of a two-day trek through Cairngorms. Started at Cairngorm ski centre car park, up Fiall a Choire Chas (though missed the path and went too far to the West) up onto plateau and then across to Ben Macdui. Descended into Glen Luibeg and wild camped. Fairly good weather with isolated showers for the first part of the day until at summit of Macdui, at which point it started hailing/raining on and off for the remainder of the day. Good views from the plateau between rain showers. Following day was rain and low cloud through the Lairig Ghru and Chalamain Gap. Thoroughly soaked by the time we were back at the Ski Centre! Made the mistake of following the burn around near to the footbridge (allt Craig an Leth Choin?) which was very eroded / non-existent! Should have stayed on the well-maintained path up the hill. Path back up eastern bank to Ski Centre was closed due to erosion, so had to hike up the road from the Sugar Bowl car park.Jonnyiom04/06/2019
27th May 2019 GMC week Aviemore. Cold wind but clear on the top high cloud. Ran the route. Also did Creagan a Choire Etchachan Stob Coire an t Sneachda Beinn Mheadhoin South West Top Beinn Mheadhoin Derry Cairngorm jps66629/05/2019
with Cairn Gormlojzi86062121/04/2019
From the base at Cairngorm ski centre, we headed out west and south to the base on the Fiacaill Coire An T-Sneachda. This fantastic grade 1 scramble gives amazing veiws over both the Cories an Lochain and T-Sneachda. The scramble was great at times, with climbing moves and very exposed! Once up on Cairn Lochan, we strode out along the plataue, stopping once for some lunch, and made our way up the last ascent to Ben MacDui, the 2nd highest Munro! After taking in the panorama, we b-lined strait towrds the north top, and dropped down to the edge around Loch Avon. Down this side, there were huge patches of snow, we ran, jumped and skied down, we even saw a ski tourist! Coutining round the ridge towards Stob Coire An T-Sneachda, we had to pass a snow birdge, which Jonny broke, and the others had to walk further up! From Fiacaill A' Choire Chais, we had the last 100m shoot up to Cairn Gorm; #7. Some more food, then a long slog down to the top of the Cairngorm Funiculair Mountain Hut, and finByronHaywood20/04/2019
From 0.5 gully to Ben Macdui summit and down carn lochanemily23/03/2019
With D from Boat of Garten. With cairn gormRodge23/02/2019
Ski Centre CP - Fiacaill na Leth-choin - Ben Macdui - Ben Macdui North Top - Ski Centre CPscreeleep30/01/2019
Wilderness Weekends guided trip. Started from carpark on the way to the Ski Centre, up through Chalamain Gap (GR965053), very close to Lurcher's Crag, then up to summit of Ben Macdui. Bivvied overnight within 5 m of the summit cairn and trig point, saw the sunrise.walkertg19/01/2019
Final peak of Scotland trip w/ Pete + Joe, very low visibility at top, difficult to find correct route back down from toppenbet13/11/2018
Standard route from Ski Centre. Initially cloudy at summit, but dramatically cleared a few minutes after arriving revealing amazingly clear views all around.mcbboyd15/10/2018
Clear and still on approach from Glen Derry. Very misty with thick fog/cluod on summit plateau. Careful navigation required to summit. Exhilirating.Langbank 28/08/2018
With TMD. A straightforward walk on a clear day from the ski centre to the summit of Ben Macdui.meltdiceburg25/07/2018
with ascents of adventure groupcolinfielding13/07/2018
Walk from Ski Centre over Cairngorm then Ben Macduijmistry8613/07/2018
Ben Macdui North Top, Ben Macdui [Beinn Macduibh], Sron Riach, Stob Coire Sputan Dearg and Carn Etchachan. From the Cairngorm ski center in glorious sunshine.Alunrees3327/06/2018
With Liam and Andy.gettingonabit19/06/2018
Ben Macdui and Cairngorm from the ski-centre, with added Munro tops and xMTs.Crib Goch17/06/2018
12 mile walk from Ski centre car park, followed good path ascending to then avoiding Cairn Lochan in the cloud and across excellent plateau to Ben Macdui, where the cloud cleared giving us the full view of the Cairngorms, descended to Col then followed path around then onto Cairn Lochan to its spectacular summit, then followed path onto Stob Coire an t-Sneachda, then slogged up to Cairn Gorm back into the cloud, followed stone path down to Ptarmigan Station then descended on path along Windy Ridge back to car park. Seeing a herd of reindeer on Cairn Lochan was the icing on the cake!DanTrig10/06/2018
From camp at Loch Etchachan with C on very clear day. Great views.PeterD26/05/2018
From the funicular car park in Coire Cas via the Fearcaill na Leith-choin ridge. With DB and RP. Onwards to Cairn Lochan.Man of Kernow123/05/2018
47 - A second night at Bob Scott's bothy, waking up to glorious blue skies, and snow almost down to the valley floor. Did this round with Carn, Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm in 8hrs from the bothy.huwthomas04/02/2018
Swanston-Reid family expedition, with Cairngorm.eks18/10/2017
Swanston-Reid family expedition, with Cairngorm.iks18/10/2017
From Braemar via Glen Dee, back via Glen Derryquadbarrel10/09/2017
West on path into Coire an t- Sneachda,then wide ridge of Creag an Leith-choir,then long gradual climb to Ben Macdui,return the same way keep right of Lochan Buidhe and then onto Cairn Gorm, with Chris.Hutchie17/08/2017
All I can say is that it was sort of day you dream about. Early start at 5:30; standing on top of the second highest mountain in Britain at 8 o’clock in the morning with no one insight and not a cloud in the sky. Perfect.Chris Terrey 18/07/2017
From Coire Cas Car Park - Cairn Gorm - Fiacaill a'Choire Chais - Stob Coire an t-Sneachda - Lochan Buidhe - Ben Macdui North Top - Ben Macdui - Cairn Lochan - Fiacaill na Leth-choin.david23020114/07/2017
Climbed with Duncan as part of a 12 day visit to some of the highpoints of Scotlandmagirob19/06/2017
Solo. neil hutton18/06/2017
GMC May June 2017 6th day. Me only running. Also did Gairn Gorm Stob Coire an t Sneacha & Carin Lochan. jps66603/06/2017
Pat, GeraldineChris Blake14/05/2017
Ran as part of 4000ft loopKevthecat13/05/2017
Climbed with WC 2/3 for the dayAC-OFWC07/05/2017
Snow, ice, slush, bare ground - quite the mixRuth11/03/2017
lovely sunny if not chilly day plenty of snow and viewsiannotts27/02/2017
From Coire Cas - good viz and warm - to summit then onto Carn 'a Mhaim (rocky descent/re-ascent) - treated to spectacular cloud inversion in Lairig Ghru - sunset on Ben Macdui summit the walked back in the dark - 9 hrswychwood18/12/2016
High winds throughout. Climbed with Silas and Stuart.simonjallen27/10/2016
Solo with camp at Loch EtchachanUisdean2517/09/2016
Usual route from ski centre S to Ben Macdui, back to Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and over Cairn Gorm and down Windy Ridge. Lovely sunny day with light winds - marvellous.milimana29/08/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac24/08/2016
From the Aviemore Ski Centre, up to Cairn Gorm summit. Then to Stob Coire an t'Sneachda and south; lunch by Lochan Buidhe (beautiful in the sunshine). Then straight to the summit. Return over west shoulder of Cairn Lochan (clear and easy path, well maintained).AlexanderHoward22/08/2016
Climbed with Mum, Dad, Sergey and Paul. Aviemore Pirate Partyelectricfox15/08/2016