Elevation is the altitude of a place above sea level.
Peak’s prominence is the least vertical to be covered to get from the summit to any other higher terrain.
Mountains in Scotland with a height of over 914 m / 3 000 ft bear a special name, the Munros. They are named after Sir Hugh Munro, the 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munro’s Tables, in 1891.
Cairn Toul (from the Gaelic Càrn an t-Sabhail, 'Hill of the barn') is the fourth highest mountain in Scotland, surpassed only by Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui and Braeriach. It is the second highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, linked by a bealach at about 1125 m above sea level to Braeriach.
The mountain towers above the western side pass of the Lairig Ghru.
Cairn Toul is often climbed in conjunction with other peaks. From the south, it may be combined with The Devil's Point, which lies about 2.5 kilometres south-southeast. Alternatively, it may be climbed from the north, including Braeriach and Sgor an Lochain Uaine. Both routes are long days by Scottish standards: around 15 km (plus return) regardless of whether one starts from Coire Cas above Speyside, or Linn of Dee to the south.
The mountain may also be climbed from the west, starting from Achlean in Glen Feshie. This provides for a slighter shorter route (around 27 km for the round trip), though the walker must negotiate a large expanse of undulating boggy plateau in order to reach the Breariach-Cairn Toul massif.
There is a bothy, Corrour, at the point below Cairn Toul in the defile of the Lairig Ghru.
There's a trail leading to the summit.
By elevation Cairn Toul is
# 3 out of 1430 in Aberdeenshire # 4 out of 18277 in Scotland # 4 out of 34760 in United Kingdom # 3 out of 63 in Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve # 3 out of 1071 in Cairngorms National Park # 4 out of 5485 in the Grampian Mountains
By prominence Cairn Toul is
# 50 out of 1430 in Aberdeenshire # 12 out of 63 in Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve # 75 out of 1071 in Cairngorms National Park
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