Walk: Best of Bynack More

Highland | Cairngorms | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Bynack More]

Bynack More is the northernmost major summit of the Cairngorm plateau group, with a stegasaurus-like profile on approach from the Ryvoan Pass. Its remote, 1090-metre summit area features several spectacular granite tors - or to use the local word, barns - which are well worth exploring on any ascent of the hill. There's a long but excellent approach path from the north which we use here for the outward route, but our even longer suggestion for the return shows off the more dramatic, southern aspect of the mountain, with views of even remoter Beinn Mheadhoin and Loch Avon at the heart of the range.

[Barns of Bynack - see person (right) for scale!]

đź“Ś Walk: Best of Bynack More ★★★★
Start / finish at Allt Mòr car park, on the road through Glenmore 4 mi east of Coylumbridge, G.R.: NH 984087 ///sweat.aimlessly.long

▶ 29 km / 18 mi | ▲ 890 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: An Lochan Uaine; △ Bynack More (1090 m, Munro); △ A' Chòinneach (1016 m)
Terrain: Excellent track and paths for most of ascent, though steeper and rockier for last part. There are rougher paths for most of the rest of the route, though section over A' Chòinneach is pathless. Descent through Strath Nethy is quite boggy lower down.

Route & map

Car park - through Glenmore Forest Park ★★★ to An Lochan Uaine - footbridge over River Nethy at G.R.: NJ 021105 ///functions.soil.dreading - Bynack More - Little Barns of Bynack - Barns of Bynack - A' Chòinneach - The Saddle - footbridge over River Nethy via Strath Nethy - start by outward route


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: 6 ptarmigan on Bynack More, solitary reindeer on A' Chòinneach. Hundreds of frogs, stonechats in Strath Nethy, shrew in the forest.
Weather: Mostly sunny with scattered clouds, becoming cloudier at the end of the day. Moderate winds, around 10°C on the summits, high teens at the base. A few snow patches above 900 m or so.

Chronological photo guide

[An Lochan Uaine - the green lochan]

[An Lochan Uaine]

[Track underneath Meall a' Bhuachaille]

[River Nethy]

[View up Strath Nethy - the route used for the return]

[Looking back from the path up Bynack More]

[Bynack More]

[Bynack More]

[View north from the summit area]

[Looking south towards Cairn Gorm (right) from the summit]

[Little Barns of Bynack]

[Barns of Bynack]

[Ptarmigan]

[Ptarmigan]

[Ptarmigans]

[Looking towards Ben Avon from the Barns of Bynack]

[Snow patches around the Allt Dearg, A' Chòinneach]

[Lone reindeer on A' Chòinneach, Ben Avon beyond]

[Reindeer, Cairn Gorm in the background]

[Descent towards Loch Avon]

[Lochan on descent from A' Chòinneach, Beinn Mhheadhoin beyond (left)] 

[Tors on A' Chòinneach, east slopes of Cairn Gorm behind]

[Loch Avon]

[Loch Avon]

[Return along Strath Nethy]

[Return along Strath Nethy]

[The broader, lower part of the return through Strath Nethy is boggy]

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