The Cairnwell

Some mountains are climbed because of their innate magic or beauty; others because of there technical challenges or for the views from the tops. But most who climb The Cairnwell, do so because it is close to the A93 Perth to Braemar road where the car parks to access it are already over 660metres - 2000ft. By common consent The Cairnwell and its neighbouring Munro summits of Carn a Gheoidh, and Carn Aosda make it the easiest group of Munros to do anywhere.

The Cairnwell is hard pressed to be called the prettiest. The corrie above the neighbouring ski centre has an extensive collection of ski fences, lifts, tracks and a host of other detritus of ski development: and this never looks good anywhere, out of season.

Once on the summit you find it is no prettier than the corrie. In that it is crowned with an extensive collection of concrete buildings along with 3 radio towers. The short climb of about 273metres if you ascend direct from the car park is worth the trip as the views from this summit are quite extensive. The view south towards the Spittal of Glenshee and beyond on a clear day is amazing with the water of Allt Ghlinne Bhig meandering in a silver streak down the valley. This is also an excellent spot to take in the views east towards the summits of Glas Maol and its much rockier southern neighbour, Creag Leacach.

The summit also commands good views north to north west of The Cairngorm summits. East to north east of Carn an Tuirc, Cairn of Claise with Lochnagar on a clear day in the background.

As mentioned previous the summit is crowned with 3 radio towers.

I find these interesting but that is only because I work in the industry.

Other people look at them as an eyesore a blotch on the landscape.

I am not sure on this but these could be the highest radio towers above sea level in Scotland.

These radio towers at 933metres AOD beat the highest radio towers I had visited before on the summit of Broad Law at 840metres by along way of 93metres.

Elevation (feet): 3,061
Elevation (meters): 933
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Scottish Highlands
Latitude: 56.8795
Longitude: -3.42089
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Aberdeen or Edinburgh
Convenient Center: Perth and Blairgowrie

Thanks to David Neale for adding this peak.

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