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Name:Stac na Cathaig
Hill number:655
Height:446m / 1463ft
RHB Section:09B: Glen Albyn and the Monadh Liath
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Nairn, Catchment Boundaries, Ness
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NH 64004 30129
Summit feature:rock 3m NE of cairn
Col:233m  NH605286  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 26
(1:25k) 416N 417
Observations:rock near larger cairn 115m SSW at NH 63944 30029 is c70cm lower
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 156 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Track then along the fence line to the top. Fab views.Play2End07/09/2019
As per others, parked at the forest track, up past Loch a'Choire, then the right fork, over an illegally locked gate, past the quarry, then up the cairned ATV track heading up the side of the sitka plantation through the native pines. This does, indeed, go straight up the hill to open ground, then tussocks over bumps and dips to the summit. Visited both cairns. Not the most spectacular hill but decent enough views.Gill09/06/2019
From RSPB car park, with Ellie dog.BLACKHILL22/05/2019
Solo. Followed Isbjorn’s route from the south. However, went straight up from the small cairn rather than following the curl left. On reaching the open ground above the forest it is easy enough to cross heathery ground to the summit of Stac na Cathaig. On the descent went over the rock and a larger cairn to the SSW for good measure and then down my ascent route in order to avoid the possibility of getting tangled up in the forest. Perfect timing as the rain started 2 minutes after I reached the car.pwbellarby20/04/2019
1/3 short hills.. parked at track just west of Tullich. Followed track until branched, took right fork to the high point, then a harvester track out of woods. Tussocky amble to both summits, One that appears lower has the larger cairn.N.Morters12/01/2019
From forest access gate at NH633285. Up forest track to divide, took R branch E uphill, through gate, to old quarry on L. The 1st 'ride' on the L, 100m E of the quarry, isn't a ride - it's a dead-end extraction line and you'll be bull-dozing through the trees beyond. There is no 'ride' in the usual sense of the word - 125m beyond the quarry (small cairn) there is a distinct vegetation change from the densely packed conifers (W) to the more open pines (E). The perimeter of the dense conifers goes straight up, then curls L and, where it exits the forest, its direction leaves you looking directly at the summit.Isbjorn27/12/2018
Second visit, with Chris PeartColin Crawford07/11/2018
By the Peterb route - excellent!Chris Peart07/11/2018
Same route as Dave McG and PeterBErik B22/04/2018
By Peter B's route, very direct and not particularly rough. Suspect it's currently the best way to go from this side of the hill, hopefully the newly planted trees won't impede access in the future.Dave McG04/04/2018
Left car at RSPB car park but could have moved it to start of forestry track W of Tullich. Followed easy ride at bend NE of quarry to gain open moor. On descent started down well defined SE ride from NH63882984, but couldn't spot the dog leg to SW and ended up forcing a way through unpleasant forestry to E corner of quarry.Smudge25/12/2017
Parked at the forestry track at 634 285 and followed the track to where it split. I took the left fork and went through the new gate. Here on your immediate right are some new plantings and the not too obvious firebreak which if you stick to the fence on the right hand side takes you up to within a couple of hundred metres of the summit.Peterb05/12/2017
Parked at forest track. Then up to quarry taking next fire break. Once on open ground GPS used to find summit as cloud around 400m mark.garyhoney30/06/2017
Left car at start of forest track. Used fire break to reach open ground and found summit in mist and drizzle.wozzat30/06/2017
Parked at forest track 634286, used track to high point then through mature trees to open ground. Sunny, warm, calm and great clear views.iangalbraith26/03/2017
From RSPB car park, easier access than expected via fire break.rhalstead24/09/2016
From Loch Ruthven CP.ChrisR10/08/2016
With AS + IS.eks17/04/2016
With IS and ES. Up the via the fire break from the S.amswanston17/04/2016
With AS + ES.iks17/04/2016
#569 In cloud. The key is taking the left off of the fire-break.tim74718/03/2016
Parked at 634285 and headed north and then east. After the quarry took the firebreak against the larch trees to the summit. Solo. One hour and twenty minutes.bolton07/02/2016
From south w Jenx up forest track easily enough. After the quarry took the firebreak alongside larches to open fell then 400m of manageable heather to high point. Snowy cold day with good views.nordicstar14/01/2016
An easy hill in nice surroundings.jenx14/01/2016
From RSPB car park to S. I wouldn't recommend the route I took off-path through the forest, which is shown (together with write-up) at:
Parked at L Ruthven. and up from S. Felling. Get to forest rd junction go though 200m of felling crap and as you skirt the edge of the remaining trees the ride appears.Thearlaichdubh04/05/2015
from the south up forestry tracks then fire break to the top.robertphillips14/03/2015
From nature reserve car park. Took ride near high point of forest road (just after quarry) then fork left at ride junction.PeteN16/11/2014
Parked at the east end of Loch Duntelchaig. Followed the forestry road right round and then cut up from the south on to the summit. Completed by thrashing down through deep heather to the loch.BigJ13/11/2014
Track from the south, easily enough through trees to summit.AndrewFinnimore23/01/2014
From Loch Ruthven Nature Reserve car park. Took track north past Loch a'Choire, then track east at junction. Then by partially hidden firebreak near high point of track, emerging onto open moor. Visited both summits. Higher northern one the finer. Returned the same way.Man of Kernow109/07/2013
Ditto MT but found shorter route down. Attempting to park closer than the NNR CP may be ill advised.Topographer5709/07/2013
From S at gate and obvious track through forest. Track past lochan until it swings to left at junction. After junction break in trees to R, quite boggy and passing a dead deer to open ground then summits. Furthest cairn is highest.Aye Jimmy25/10/2011
Solo - field work Uisdean2507/06/2011
Solo - field work Uisdean2508/06/2010
Take forestry path, turn right at the fork and continue to a gap in the trees. Ascend through gap to a wet heathery plateau, and then to summit.Buteobuteo03/06/2010
miserable day, pouring rain. nice to complete the little cluster of 4 close together marilyns, but that's about all that can be said !!hjaltland11/01/2009
Ascended from the south initially by forest tracks. A rougher hill than the other nearby Marilyns.JohnW12/05/2005
On track uphill to caravans and clamber up through narrow tree belt to a first tump. Used GPS to confirm official top - with 2 or 3 ups and downs in between. 13.30.arranc27/07/2004
Solo Uisdean2531/12/2003
with jamie, his fourth marilyn. from the north across lots of deep heather and occasional rocky bits...going from the 'baddy' Heather Kneedeep to seek out or next hero point, 'Mr Rocky Bit'vegibagger02/06/2003
pleasant interesting rough hill. car pk 647318, toil up heathery NE ridge, easier retn via Dubh-lochan & break in crags RHW23/12/2000
Over the crags from the fish ladder to the north.Eddie02/12/2000
Crawford Lindsay12/01/2020