3.3 of 5 (6 votes)

Creag Bheag - the little crag

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Cairngorms in Highland, Scotland, about 4.20km (2.61 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 1:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 240m (787ft)
Descent 243m (797ft)
Max. Elevation 480m (1574ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 483m (1584ft)
Start & End
Distance 4.20km
Duration ~1:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 14 Jul 2009
Many car-free Cairngorm adventures start and finish in Kingussie. This short walk is a good warm up before tackling the bigger stuff nearby, or for winding down after a long trip in the hills. Creag Bheag is easily reached from the town and offers great views - as you would expect in this part of the world. Kingussie has regular bus and train services.

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OS Grid NH756004
From the town centre, head for the golf course on the north side of town. There is a path leading from the golf club car park which heads on to Creag Bheag.
OS Grid NH753017
The path passes through mixed woodland - keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels - before coming out on to the craggy flanks of Creag Bheag, where you may spot climbers on some tricky routes. Where the path meets another, head up towards the summit.
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid NH744014
Creag Bheag is a minnow by Cairngorm standards - just 486m high - but the views along Strathspey are amazing. The ground near the summit can get quite boggy, so boots are essential!
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid NH745005
Descend from the summit via the same route you came up. At the path junction, take the right-hand fork to Creag Beag. This joins West Terrace, which leads back to Kingussie.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid NH754004
Head back to the town for the train home or adventures further afield. Like many of the towns around here, it caters well for visitors with a host of friendly cafes and pubs, as well as the obligatory outdoor shops.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from

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