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Banana Gully

Cairngorms National Park

Classic Gully line to start exploring Caenlochan

Freeride Skiing Severe

492 m
2 m
207 m
Low Point
743 m
High Point
948 m
Banana Gully Map

Atmospheric gully line under a rock face which can be used as a more testing entry point to explore Caenlochan. The conditions lower down in the gully are difficult to predict and they cannot be assessed from the entry point. Taking crampons to climb out of the gully in case of bad conditions lower down is definitely recommended.


Also, the gully contains numerous rollers and is prone to windslabs.

The gully is best accessed from Glas Maol and starts right at the col between Glas Maol and Little Glas Maol. There is an alternative entry that is more rocky and can "cliff-out"-- it is thus more serious and its entry just before the col between Banana Gully and Banana Gully Direct.



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Couloir

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons