GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ben Avon Walk

21 miles (33 km)

This challenging walk in the Cairngorms takes you to the unusual Ben Avon plateau with its numerous granite torsand wonderful far reaching views. You start in Braemar in a parking area just off the Old Military Road to the east of the village. You then pick up the Gleann an t-Slugain path which will take you to Ben Avon. It's generally a very good path passing through woodland, along pretty streams and through the delightful Fairy Glen. On the way you'll enjoy great views over Glen Quoich, Glas Allt Mor and Slochd Mor. At the summit you will find the huge Leabaidh an DaimhTor. Some scrambling is required to get to the true summit where there are excellent views of Beinn a'Bhuird mountain.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich which are both near Braemar.

Postcode

AB35 5TW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ben Avon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ben Avon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Cairngorms Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Ben Avon - geograph.org.uk - 207072

This massive mountain provides a sizable stream from its high plateau.

Summit plateau of Ben Avon - geograph.org.uk - 1042946

Summit plateau of Ben Avon. Photo shows the flat arid landscape of the plateau with the highest point Leabaidh an Damh Bhuidhe (Bed of the Yellow Stag) in the left distance. This granite Tor is one of several on the hill giving its summit a wart like appearance. These high plateaux are well described as "Arctic islands", extremely hostile in winter whilst in early summer many Alpine and Arctic plants are to be found here.

Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe - geograph.org.uk - 595697

Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe. Finding this on the Ben Avon plateau in mist was interesting. The summit is the far tor, which entails an easy scramble on good rock.

The Sneck - geograph.org.uk - 207086

Waterfalls on the Glas Allt Mor, where it leaves the long, narrow, glen which originates at the Sneck. The Clach a' Cleirich (stone) can just be seen on the horizon

The Glas Allt Mor - geograph.org.uk - 492151

The Glas Allt Mor

Upper Glen Quoich - geograph.org.uk - 207068

Upper Glen Quoich

Approaching Ben Avon - geograph.org.uk - 207067

Approaching Ben Avon

Path leading into the Sneck - geograph.org.uk - 207064

Path leading into the Sneck

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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