Ben Macdui

A guided walk up Ben Macdui in summer or winter – Scotlands second highest mountain this is an absolute classic must walk mountain. It has phenomenal views across the Cairngorm Plateau and down into Loch Avon.


There will not be the normal open activities this summer due to Covid restrictions. All activities are available at fixed rates depending on the group size

A guided walk up Ben Macdui

A guided walk up Ben Macdui, Scotland second highest mountain standing at 1309 Metre tall. The summit is said to be haunted by the old grey man who lives on the top in the clouds. The standard route we will take will be stardting from the Ski Centre car park heading out towards Lurchers and then up towards Ben Macdui. From the summit we will then head back towards Cairngorm where we can either ascend to the summit or drop back to the ski centre via the Fiacaill Choire Cas depending on time and what the group wishes to do.

Despite not being Scotland tallest mountain, the Plateau is often far more wild than an ascent of Ben Nevis. But on a good weather day it is truly phenomenal with views across the mountain tops it is a day to remember. So much so that Queen Victoria herself hiked to the summit in 1859. Strangely, Ben Macdui translates as the hill of the Black Pig referring to it’s shape as opposed to any pigs themselves.

What to Bring

  1. Waterproofs
  2. Boots – we can supply these if you don’t have your own.
  3. Drinks bottle & lunch.
  4. Warm Clothes
  5. Sunglasses, hat, suncream
  6. Midge Repellent
  7. Any medication

What we supply:

  1. Transport from/to Newtonmore or Fort William.
  2. All Technical Equipment – i.e. Winter conditions will require B2 boots, crampons, walking axes and helmets.
  3. Fully qualified instructors.
  4. Friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are dedicated to making the most of your day. We are not set to time constraints on our days – it is about the clients experience! A standard guided walk up Ben Macdui takes between around 8 hours but if it takes longer due to conditions or personal reasons (so long as it can be achieved safely) then that’s not a problem.

Private 1:1 Instruction!

If you wish to book a instructor specifically for you or your group. Simply fill in an enquiry form by clicking the button to the right or drop us a ring on 01540 210 000. Private instructor rates start from £225.00 on a 1:1 ratio, additional adults £50.00 and additional children £ 25.00.

Note – By their very nature journeys in remote or mountainous country can be affected by weather and other environmental factors. Your guide/s may have to alter the itinerary to ensure group safety.

If you are wanting to do this in winter, then we recommend booking onto a Winter Skills Training Course prior.

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