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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, Trail 100
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,CoH,CoU,CoA,Mur,T100,P600,P500)
Grid ref:NN 98900 98934
Summit feature:trig point on large platform
Drop:950m
Col:359m  NN632842  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 36 43
(1:25k) OL57S 403S
Comments:Double county/UA top
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Notes:
  • 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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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
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
MQ/DAquartley18/08/2018
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.marktrengove23/05/2018
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
Pat, GeraldineChris Blake14/05/2017
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
Beautiful day. What else could you say?gfscott15/08/2016
With Cairn Gorm from the northGeoff Briggs28/07/2016
After walking in Scotland for 8 days and seeing about 3 people on the mountains, it was heartening to see lots of hikers from all over the world enjoying the delights of the King of the Cairngorms (including a 4.5 year old on his 6th munro!) From the ski car park on the usual route (except we treated ourselves to the luxury of a final descent in the funicular railway). Clear sunny day - magnificent.callumorr28/07/2016
Start and finish in Lin of Dee. Loop Carn a'Mhaim, Ben MacDui, Cairn Gorm, Beinn Mheadhoin & Derry Cairngorm. Extremely cold at top, high winds.gandrew21/05/2016
Out and back from Hutchison bothy as part of 2 day trip; 80% snow cover above etchachanRon Rees Davies11/05/2016
with Kirsty. Climbed along with Cairn a Mhaim. Stayed at Hutchinson BothyAlistairCarson14/04/2016
10th Munrolojzi86062114/11/2015
ghaley07/09/2015
A route taking in Miaden Creag an Leth-choin, crossing the Plateau (twice), Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and finally, Cairn Gorm. A surprisingly good weather day on the Plateau - with sunshine and the occasional shower.Ginger Dave28/08/2015
Ascent from Derry lodge and Glen LuibegRoblex19/08/2015
Climbed 2nd, Derry Cairngorm first from Derry Lodge then onto Carn a'Mhaim. With MikeFCMark19/08/2015
Circuit including Ben MacDui and Cairn Gorm from the ski centre car park. (Route is shown at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/ben-macdui-and-cairn-gorm.html)Gayle19/08/2015
With ChristineKeith9927/07/2015
Dad and Davidamelialloyd24/05/2015
6 Munros East of Lairig Ghru. Day 55 of 59 for all Munros. 32km, +/-2900m, 11 hours 30.PGCE15/05/2015
Started at Corrour Bothy. Carn a'Mhaim - Derry Cairngorm - Ben Macdui - Cairn Gorm.tomd411/10/2014