|Carn na Caim from road
Carn na Caim
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Drinking water||Only stable access to running water is from the stream at the start of the mountain road.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage up to the long north-south plateau, and patchy at the summit (May 2014).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at lay-by (#87) next to road A9.|
|Start height||395 metres|
|Vertical metres||630 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||12.9 km|
Carn na Caim trail head by road A9.
From where road A889 exits west from A9, between Kingussie and Pitlochry in the Scottish Highlands, drive 0.9 km (0.5 mi) south and park on the lay-by called "Layby 87".
Start your hike by walking 100 metres north along road A9, from the north end of the lay-by. Cross the road, then through a gate and onto a gravel road, and uphill under the power line. Approximately 350 metres from the gate a mountain road heads uphill. Follow this mountain road up to a junction at 895m and turn left. Walk another 220 metres and continue 1.5 km north-east and north on a much rougher mountain road. When the rough mountain road bears left, close to a 90° angle on the remainder of a fence, turn right (north-east) around the fence corner and follow the path north-east to the pile of stones at the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
05. May 2014
I was due to go home this Monday, after more than a week in Scotland, but managed to get a short-ish hike in before checking out of my Balavil Hotel in Newtonmore. It was a fairly windy morning, but no rain, and definitely better visibility than most of the other days during the last week. I had expected to meet other hikers since this was a Bank Holiday, but the only other living creatures I saw were a number of birds and lots of hares.
Back at the hotel I was too late for breakfast, so just showered, packed and grabbed a sandwich from the Coop next door. Then the drive to Aberdeen airport for the flight back home.