Bynack Mor is is a relative outlier from the main Cairngorm summits and looks pointy when seen from Speyside. It rises above the native scots pine woods of the Abernethy National Nature Reserve. This is managed by the RSPB wonderful species of wildlife and birdlife. Not far from the top are the Barns of Bynack some of the biggest granite tors in the Cairngorms and an optional extra on a good day!
We will start in Glenmore and use the excellent network of paths and forestry tracks through the Rothiemurchus pine woods. It’s an easy walk through Ryvoan pass and by the beautiful Lochan Uaine. The track takes us to the footbridge over the river Nethy and our first view of Bynack Mor. We begin climbing after the bridge on a good footpath that leads to the Lairig an Laoigh, but we branch off well before the pass. After the initial climb we head away over windswept classic Cairngorm tundra.
The final climb to the summit is steep and rocky with several options. It’s also a good spot for Ptarmigan and mountain hares. Once up at the top the views open up into the heart of the Cairngorms. Hopefully we will be able to enjoy our lunch at the summit taking in the views. If conditions are good we may descend over Bynack Beag or A’Choinneach on the way back down to Strath Nethy.
Distance: 22km Ascent: 800m Time: 6-9hrs