Cairn o' Mount (B974)

[View from the top of Cairn o' Mount]

The narrow road winding across the hills between Fettercairn and Strachan was once an important military route into the Highlands from the plains to the south. Today it's a vital link for residents of Deeside, and an (relatively) easy way to experience the wide openness of the Cairngorms for visitors. There are two laybys close to the top of the pass: the northern one giving access to a 4,000 year-old cairn marking the true summit, and the southern one providing the best views south across the low-lying Howe of the Mearns. Drive with extra care in winter: direct exposure to easterly winds and a top height of over 450 metres above sea level brings the associated ice and snow hazards.

[Looking north towards Clachnaben (centre)]

Name: Cairn o' Mount (B974) ★☆☆
Location (summit): B974 between Fettercairn and Strachan, G.R.: NO 650807 ///lemons.panting.fortnight
Start (south): Fettercairn, G.R.: NO 650735 ///enchanted.cotton.lungs
Finish (north): Strachan, G.R.:  NO 675923 ///finishing.panel.suiting

Distance: 23 km / 14 miles
Height gain: 380 metres
Type of road: Surfaced B-road, generally wide single-track
Open: Almost always: snow closes the pass a few times each winter, mainly overnight
Cost: Free

[View south-east to the coast]

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