|Càrn an t-Sabhail|
Cairn Toul from Braeriach, with Lochan Uaine
|Elevation||1,291 m (4,236 ft) |
|Prominence||c. 166 m|
|Isolation||2.85 km (1.77 miles) |
|English translation||Hill of the barn|
|Language of name||Gaelic|
|Pronunciation||Scottish Gaelic: [ˈkʰaːrˠn ən ˈt̪o.əl̪ˠ]|
|Topo map||OS Landrangers 36, 43|
Cairn Toul (from the Gaelic Càrn an t-Sabhail, 'Hill of the barn') is the fourth highest mountain in Scotland, The United Kingdom, and The British Isles, after Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui and Braeriach. The summit elevation is 1,291 metres (4,236 feet) AMSL. 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.
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.