Situated in the Eastern Highlands south of Braemar, The Cairnwell is considered by many to be the easiest Munro to climb. This makes it a very friendly bag for beginners. The ease of ascent is primarily due to the Glen Shee Ski Centre, which covers the eastern slope of the mountain, and at 650m up makes for a convenient starting point.
While there isn't a path the whole way to the summit, The Cairnwell's gentle terrain makes for straightforward hillwalking in normal conditions. It is often climbed in combination with its sistering mountain, Carn Aosda; Càrn a'Ghèoidh is also nearby and offers a wilder walk.