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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 947 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Scmccabe 08/09/2019
Stavanger Toestub28/08/2019
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
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
carole engel04/06/2018
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