Derry Cairngorm is part of what is known as the Central Cairngorms as it separates the two main cairngorm mountain passes the Lairig Ghru to the west and the Lairig an Laoigh to the east. It is often climbed in conjunction with its neighbouring Munros Ben Macdui and Carn a Mhaim in a long but fantastic day on the hills. Derry Cairngorm is connected to the eastern ridge of Ben Macdui arcing round Coire Sputan Dearg. There are other corries on its eastern faces giving this side of the mountain a very craggy appearance. The summit ridge of Derry Cairngorm is 8 km long running N-S terminating at the southern end at subsidiary peak Carn Crom. The actual summit lies at the north end of the ridge and takes on a conical appearance. The summit is generally stony with at time large slabs and boulders giving some good little scrambling opportunities.
A popular route starts from the south at Linn of Dee with a long walk in up Glen Derry , however a bike can be used as far as Derry Lodge to cut down the time. If combining with Ben Macdui and Carn a Mhaim you will follow the northern ridge of Derry Cairngorm before heading west to Ben Macdui round the rim of the corrie.
Derry Cairngorm and its neighbours are big brutes of hills and are widely regarded as one of the best mountaineering outings in Scotland so go on and enjoy!