Walking & Hiking in the Cairngorms & Monadhliath

Crubenbeg Holiday Cottages is only 1 mile from the stone marking the geographic centre of Scotland and close to both the A9 north/south arterial road and its east-west counterpart, the A86. This makes Crubenbeg the perfect base from which to explore the almost unlimited range of walks and hikes available in the local and wider Highland area. The number one site for information on walks in the Highlands is www.walkhighlands.co.uk.

We are more than happy to provide you with maps, routes and guidance.

Drying out and storing your kit at the end of each day is no problem; we have good facilities for both.

Local Munros

Meall Chuaich:

Meall Chuaich (951m) is our nearest Munro (only 6km away) and can be seen from the cottages (14km 610m ascent)


Meall Cuaich
Copyright © Alistair Craig

East Drumochter Hills:

Carn na Caim (941m) and A’Bhuideanach Bheag (936m) can be climbed in a day from the A9 near Drumochter (19km 824m ascent)


A Bhuidheanach Beag
Copyright © Bill Wales

West Drumochter Hills:

A' Mharconaich (975m) and Geal Charn (917m) can be climbed together from Drumochter (11.5km 731m ascent) as can Beinn Udlamain (1011m) and Sgairneach Mhor (991m) (15.8km 783m ascent) or combined in a longer day (25km 1143m ascent)



A Mharconaich
Copyright © Russell Mullen

Monadh Liath:

Carn Dearg (945m), Carn Sgulain (920m) & A'Chailleach (930m) can be climbed in a fine circuit from Glen Banchor (24.5km 946m ascent)


A Chailleach
Copyright © Alex Bryce

Geal Charn:

Geal Charn (926m) is the westernmost of the Monadh Liath Munros and is usually ascended on its own (12.5km 625m ascent).


Geal Charn
Copyright © Alex Bryce

In addition to the above, the A9 and A86 trunk roads provide easy access to a much larger number of Munros and Corbetts in the Cairngorms, the Nevis range and further afield.

Other Local Hills

Meallach Mhor:

Meallach Mhor (769m) is our nearest Corbett and is a grand viewpoint (22.3km 968m ascent)


Meallach Mhor
Copyright © David McSporran

The Fara:

The Fara (911m) is among the biggest and highest of the Corbetts and rises above the local village of Dalwhinnie (19.8km 775m ascent)


The Fara
Copyright © Ian Mather

Dun-da-Lamh Fort:

An impressive Pictish fort with massive ramparts on a hill 2 miles south west of Laggan. Pronounced 'dun da larve' its name means 'fort of the two hands'. Superb views (8.5km 436m ascent)


Dun-Da-Lamh Hill Fort
Copyright © thelonious

Lower Level Walks/Trails

The Badenoch Way runs nearby, the spectacular Corrieyairack Pass is just a short drive away and the more challenging Speyside Way starts (or finishes if you prefer) just 20 minutes up the road in Aviemore.

Local Walks

In the immediate area there is also a whole host of very fine, lower level forest trails and short walks including:

Farleitter Crag and Uath Lochans:

The longer of two walks taking in the beautiful Uath Lochans in the ancient Caledonian Pine forest around Glen Feshie (4km 162m ascent)


Uath Lochans
Copyright © Visit Scotland

Creag Bheag and Tom Baraidh:

An excellent circuit from Kingussie taking in a hillwalk across the summit of Creag Beag with excellent views (7km 273m ascent)


Kingussie From Creag Bheag
Copyright © Blueskyscotland

The Wildcat Trail:

A circular walk around Newtonmore passing through a wide range of different habitats: river bank, fields, woodland and moorland (11km 122m ascent)



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