Cairn Bannoch is a rounded Munro that is normally climbed in conjunction with Broad Cairn. The two are connected by a high col via the SE ridge of Cairn Bannoch. These hills are on the south eastern edge of a large plateau taking in more Munros to the north known as the White Mounth. The summit of Cairn Bannoch is nothing more than a large swelling on the plateau and the Munro is quite reserved with little in the way of technical difficulties.
To the north east of the summit there is a set of crags known as Creag an Dubh Loch, these are actually a subsidiary top of Broad Cairn but are closer to Cairn Baddoch. These slopes are extremely steep and craggy dropping sharply to Dubh Loch below. This is an impressive site when viewed from the NE.
To the south of the summit a broad ridge leads to Cairn of Gowal before heading east to neighbouring Munro Broad Cairn. This is the usual access route to the summit of Cairn Bannoch.
Most people access these hills from the Spittal of Glen Muick to the NE where there is parking available. From here it’s a long walk in along the length of Loch Muick to attain the eastern ridge Broad Cairn. As mentioned Cairn Baddoch is summited by a continuation along the ridge.