Ben Avon from Tomintoul

Ben Avon is the most easterly mountain of the main Cairngorm range. It occupies a vast area to the north-east of Glen Quoich stretching towards Inchrory and the River Gairn, and it is recognisable from many viewpoints across Moray by the granite tors on the skyline of its long flat plateau.

  • Unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies
  • Defined hill path
  • Slopes throughout
  • Some barriers
  • Unsigned

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Ben Avon is a remote mountain and it is a long way to the summit from any possible point of access. It is possibly best ascended from Tomintoul via Glen Avon A very long day out is greatly shortened by cycling from Tomintoul up the private road as far as Inchrory.

This approach involves first a long walk or a cycle ride from Tomintoul up Glen Avon past Inchrory to Linn of Avon. From there climb up to Meall Gaineimh, the north-easternmost top of Ben Avon, and continue along an undulating ridge and across the plateau to the summit, marvelling at the rock architecture of the numerous granite tors. Look for the lochan at the tor of Clach Bhan, the “Womens’ Pool” so named because of its legendary properties of relieving labour pains. Return by the same route.


This is a serious undertaking, leading you into remote trackless country above 3000ft with potentially arctic weather conditions at any time of year. Please ensure that you have adequate levels of fitness, adequate clothing and adequate navigational skills for this potentially serious undertaking.


Moray Council Outdoor Access Manager