OverviewBeinn a'Bhuird ("Ben a voord" -Hill of the Table) is a vast mountain situated in the eastern Cairngorms and has one of the largest high tablelands in the area. On the west side it drops gently down into the surrounding glens, to the east it is riven by deep coires and steep cliffs of weathered granite. It is a beautful and lonely place.
The mountain is flanked by some extremely important remmanants of the once great Caledonian pine forest- this provides much interest on the walk in. This once formed part of a huge area of wild wood which covered much of Scotland. The summit area is a huge tableland consisting of gravel pans and arctic alpine plants and grasses.
The north and east facing coire's offer winter climbing and ski-ing in season - though only for the fittest and most motivated as access is difficult.
Getting ThereThe mountain seems to be most commonly accessed from Braemar - via either Gleann an t-Slugain or Glen Quoich, there being ample parking at the Linn of Quoich. Both access routes involve a faily lengthly walk in before the mountain is reached. A mountain bike may be of some use.
From Glen Quoich is an easy route of ascent up the west side of the mountain following a recently restored track. (This replaces an appalling bulldozed stalking road which nearly reached the summit and left a huge scar, though the damage has been repaired and seems to be healing).
Visit this link to see an overview map of the hill.