hike Chalamain gap and the Lairig Ghru, Scotland

Love these Scottish place names!

This lesser known hike turned out to be my personal favourite in Scotland.


An energetic walk over a low pass into one of the wildest and most spectacular glens in Scotland

the Lairig Ghru is widely regarded as the finest mountain pass in Scotland. …

Traditionally, people walked the full 28mi (45km) from Aviemore to Braemar … The walk described here is a day’s outing from just south of Glenmore, through dramatic Chalamain Gap and up to the top of Lairig Ghru then back to Coylumbridge through Rothiemurchus pine woods.

14mi (22.5km)

Lonely Planet Walking in Scotland

Actually, I only did this hike because I was turned back on my attempt to climb Ben Macdui.

The weather alternated between storm and sunshine.


Here was the prettiest purple heather I saw anywhere in Scotland.


But what I most liked about this hike was that I was not much bothered by midges at my two pretty tent camps.



more photos from this hike

3 Replies to “hike Chalamain gap and the Lairig Ghru, Scotland”

  1. Hi

    My Boyfriend and I are planning a trip this month to Scotland and would like to walk this route. I have the book “Walking in Scotland” but I’m not sure wich map to use.

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