Cairn of Claise

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Cairn of Claise
Aberdeenshire, Angus
Lower Slopes of Cairn of Claise - geograph.org.uk - 22545.jpg
Lower Slopes of Cairn of Claise
Range: Lochnagar
Summit: 3,491 feet NO185788
56°53’36"N, 3°20’22"W

Cairn of Claise is a mountain on the border of Aberdeenshire with Angus, which reaches a height of 3,491 feet at its summit, and so it qualifies as a Munro. Its name means "Hill of the Hollow".

The mountain stands on the south-west corner of a large flat summit plateau taking in four Munros. The hill overlooks Glen Cluanie to the west. The summit only rises slightly from the main plateau.

The mountain's best feature lies to the west where Garbh Choire bites into the western face. The corrie provides steep stony slopes in abundance. Further corries exist both north and south of the summit at the edge of the plateau. A broad northwest ridge leads round the rim of Coire loch Kander to Carn an Tuirc. Further east on the plateau sit Tom Buidhe and Tolmount, and these four Munros are normally climbed in one outing.

There is parking available just north of the Glenshee Ski Centre on the A83. From here easy paths lead up the western face of Carn an Tuirc and on to the rest of the Munros on the plateau.