Name:Ben Macdui [Beinn Macduibh]
Hill number:518
Height:1309.3m / 4296ft
SMC/RHB Section:08A: Cairngorms
County/UA:Moray, Aberdeenshire
County (CoH):Banffshire (CoH), Aberdeenshire (CoH)
County (CoA):Grampian (CoA)
Topographical area:HE02 Macdui-bynack
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Dee (Aberdeen), Spey
Watershed:Mull of Kintyre to Rattray Head, Aberdeen Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, High Hills of Britain,
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
Survey:Leica RX1250
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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From ski center, up and down. With Willy, Linda and Fiona. Excellent path most of the way. Hardly any wind despite forecast. Some cloud while crossing the boulder field near the summit, which intermittently cleared at the top to give us some views :) One potential sighting of the Old Grey Man ...PhoebeMoff21/07/2024
From Linn of Dee; Carn a Mhaim, Ben Macdui, Beinn Mheadhoin, Creagan a Choire Etchachan, Derry Cairngorm and back over Carn Crom to Linn of Dee. Walked the whole way time 11 hours for 24.25 miles. Showery and cold on the plateau with winds gusting to 50-60mph. Saw Golden Eagle Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting.isabelle02/10/2023
Anti-clockwise circuit of Derry Cairngorm, Ben Macdui & Carn a'Mhaim from Derry Lodge. Summits clear all day.geoffh1223/09/2023
Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm circular from Ski Centre CP. A few out and backs to minor tops. With R.Dan Baddeley23/09/2023
On own. A superb sunny and clear autumn day giving great views throughout my walk. From ski centre car park following WH route. Fiacaill na Leth - choin > Ben Macdui North Top > Ben Macdui > Stob Coire an t-Sneachda > Fiacaill a' Choire Chais > Cairn Gorm > Ptarmigan Station > car park.Beeliner08/09/2023
Great route from Cairngorm. Good views. Route back via Fiacaill na Leth-choin. Gradually downAdventurers513/06/2023
Cycled from Linnof Dee to Derry Lodge. Climbed Cairn a Mhaim, Ben Macdui before camping on the sloped of Derry Cairngorm.jigglybones31/05/2023
Busy - well not really but I count more than 5 people at any summit as busy!Trantham Clan25/05/2023
Munro 58wanderingstar18/02/2023
With Jeff. Cycled to Derry Lodge. Best day of the week for weather, started clear then clouds increased as we got to the summits but no rain until we got down to the valley.Cumbrianexile29/09/2022
From Carn Etchachan walked alongside Garbh Uisge Mor187lenny28/08/2022
Ben Macdui circular from ski centre ... Lovely views all around with sunshine and high cloud with a tiny amount of rain on the way down from the summit ... summited at about midday ... Great views across to the Braeriach - Cairn Toul traverse which we had compleated early in the week over two epic days of fine weather.R & K04/08/2022
DRC walk from Ski Centre using Walkhighlands 'Ben Macdui and Cairngorm' route with diversions to include Fiacaill na Leth-choin and Ben Macdui North Top.TRG31817/07/2022
Parked at the lower Coire na Ciste car park then up to Cairn Gorm (my first Munro!) then Fiacaill a' Choire Chais, Stob Coire an t-Sneachda, Ben Macdui, then back to Fiacaill a' Choire Chais and down to the car park.SootAndShale02/06/2022
Linn of Dee, Derry Lodge, Carn Crom, Derry Cairngorm, Ben Macdui, Hutchison Memorial Hut, Glen Derry, Derry Lodge and back to Linn of Dee.JasonStark08/05/2022
Glorious sunshine, extensive frozen snow, great views! Mostly running, in microspikes, across plateau. Mild for December.NorfolkPT2117/12/2021
With D, C, A and I.Chris Ellis02/12/2021
With Lorna and David - from Ski Centre. Ben Macdui first, then Cairngorm. Saw Merlin, Raven, Wheatears, Meadow Pipits (about 30), Swallow, Pied Wagtail (Ski Centre) and Snow Buntings - but no Snowy Owl!Skerryvore12/09/2021
23.8 miles 5513ft walk. Start at Glenmore campsite, to Fiacaill a' Choire Chais, Carn Etchachan, Dery Cairngorm and Ben Macdui, back to Glenmore campsite.stephenbuda12/09/2021
20.7 miles 5312ft walk. Start at Glenmore campsite, Ben Macdui North Top, Ben Macdui, Stob Coire Sputan Dearg, Creagan a' Choire Etchachan and Fiacaill a' Choire Chais, back to Glenmore campsite.stephenbuda07/09/2021
Cairngorm Darkside from the north - 4 munros - Steven Fallons routehummusg06/09/2021
1/3 From car park with North Top & Lurchers CragPDuncan8228/08/2021
Fiacaill Coire an t-Sneachda, Cairn Lochan, Ben Macdui North Top, Ben Macduikeithouk23/08/2021
Approached the Munro from the Cairngorm Car park - took about 2.5-3 hours to get to the top. Proceeded to Cairngorm Munro after.Glapiton22/08/2021
18.5km loop from the ski centre, taking in Ben Macdui, Ben Macdui North top, fiacaill na Leth-choin and Creag an Leth-choin, 4 hrs 20 minsNicky C22/08/2021
Leaving the marathletes behind, I embarked on an arduous circular encompassing Ben Macdui before descending via Loch Avon and up out of this valley back under the shadow of Cairn Gorm to the car park. Utterly abysmal weather (Ben Macdui shrouded in such dense cloud I couldn't make out the summit cairns- careful compass bearings were required), and Glen Avon was really a rather foreboding place under the high crags of Ben Macdui's East 'face'. A very sketchy scramble out of the valley via a waterfall is to be missed- stick to the path... Was out of here pretty quickly.hjb6808/08/2021
9 of 14 on tough 18 mile hike. Been wanting to bag this for the last 10 year. Munro no.3 . Marilyn no. 50The-Z-Man02/08/2021
From ski centre upper carpark. 2h10 to summit. Beautiful weather and great views.ploto22/07/2021
My second munro. Climbed with meltdiceburg. Combined with Cairngorm in a walk from the ski centre. Perfect weather conditions throughout - clear, sunny, warm, still! Stunning views.Alma Aurea22/07/2021
Solo (3rd time)vgiorgio02/07/2021
Parked at ski centre car park, counter clockwise via Creag an Leth-choin (MT), Ben MacDui (M), Cairn Lochan (MT), Stob Coire an t-Sneachda (MT), Cairn Gorm (M) and Cnap Coire na Spreidhe (MT). No views on top, 07:38hrs all in. With Ali Shaw for whole round and Rob Truswell up to Ben MacDui on an OMC meet at Badaguish.chillyman819/06/2021
Coire Cas car park - Ben Macdui - Cairn Lochan - Stob Coire an t-Sneachda - Cairn Gorm - car park.Mark Jackson13/06/2021
Fell run up Cairngorm, across the rim of the northern corries, up Bem Macdui and back down Coire an Lochain. Plenty snow on plateau.w1ght01/06/2021
With Karen. Glorious weather, good snow cover.Highland Days22/04/2021
3/3. After Mheadhoin by obvious route. Sunny spells, tops clear, cold. Second visit after missing summit cairn with Dave Wragg on skis in 2005/6. Rounsfell06/09/2020
Also did Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Gorm with Laura and Alan.duchally30/08/2020
Started and finished at the ski centre car park.MrLemon06/07/2020
Ascent from the Cairngorm Ski Centre returning with a return visit to Cairngorm via the Munro Top of Stob Coire an t-Sneachda.knarf10/09/2019
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 Ski Lodge and up to Ben Macdui and cairn Gorm.LaurieIson2130/07/2019
Solo (2nd time)vgiorgio25/07/2019
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
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