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Name:A' Chruach
Hill number:1480
Height:514m / 1686ft
RHB Section:20C: Arran and Holy Island
County/UA:North Ayrshire (UA)
Island:Arran
Maritime area:Firth of Clyde to Mull of Kintyre
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Highland Five, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,HF,Y)
Grid ref:NR 96974 33540
Summit feature:small cairn
Drop:280m
Col:234m  NR977358  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 68 69
(1:25k) 361N 361S
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 120 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From the forest carpark on the A841, along the forest road to Gleann Dubh. I couldn't find the marked path up Gleann Dubh so just followed the stream. It was pleasant once away from the trees. Then on to Ard Bheinn.Alan Moore11/05/2019
From car parking to NW. Marked track thru' forest (SE) very boggy and more a ride than a path. Glen Craigag is very deep and steep sided, although the trees are not too dense. I left the forest to the SE rather than cross this ravine. With B.Bhreacn and Ard Bheinn - going good between tops but many peat groughs. Returning to the forest path was difficult - had to wade stream and found climbing the vertical, mossy bank difficult but possible with carecarole engel10/05/2018
Bus to high point on String road at the roadside weather station. Low cloud and cool East wind made for a very average up and down.NormanW11/04/2018
Up from the highest point of string road. Circuit over three and hitch back to carvegibagger23/11/2017
Parking at Glenloig Bridge (rivet benchmark on the parapet). Track leads up through conifers before petering out. Rough from there. Final Arran Marilyn. Onto Beinn Breac for a round of 3 Highland Fives. Abysmally wet weather.jonglew21/11/2017
A much better walk than Hillbagging entries suggest. The usual route, but it can be made quite easy by following an ATV track under the power lines, then right up to a gate in the fence. Rough stuff up to Cnoc Dubh, then bits of ATV track, which peter out at intervals, so otherwise keeping to the highest ground to avoid the worst of peat hags and heather. A strange peat covered shooting hut at the col before the summit. All very reminiscent of Bleaklow but with rather better views.Gill19/11/2017
Nice chilled out pace to today's hills with Gill after all the fun and excitement of yesterday.Alex C19/11/2017
From top of the String. There is an ATV track all the way up onto the plateau but it is rather circuitous and indistinct in places.Crossing to the summit was hard work on the saturated ground having to choose between deep heather and mossy bog.AndrewFinnimore06/09/2017
selfdavidsbatty16/06/2017
From the top of the String at 977357. Plenty of parking. Its just under 3.5 miles and 1.75 hours return via the fence against the forest then a general heather bash to the summit. Solo.bolton15/06/2017
From the high point of the B880. Short dry heather, steep initially, fantastic views north to the four Corbetts with a very atmospheric cloudscape. Navigation would be tricky in mist without GPS, pathless and only a small pile of stones at the summit.Owen B18/05/2017
From Gleann Dubh, good path into the woods, to where it meets track. Rough path hill bound through felled trees to South side then battled with deep brush and heather to ridge on sweltering hot day. Rough heather and bog to summit but what views to the main Arran group. Down by Muileann Gaoithe thick Heather and bog. Hard work, shorter approach form the String may be better, even walking up the road if without car should be considered.N.Morters19/07/2016
From String road pass.Topographer5702/06/2016
Mossy heather was a bit tedious but not as bad as expected, would be a different story if ground was wet.hillsman01/06/2016
c/w route of a chruach and ard bheinn from cp at glenloig.robertphillips15/05/2016
6th hill of 8 today on a route from High Dougarie back to Brodick, climbing Beinn Lochain, Choc Choir A' Moir, Garb Thorr, Ard Bheinn, Beinn Bhreac and then countouring round to avoid losing too much height before striking across the moorland over the occasional whopper of a peat hag to the small cairn. The Wind had died down since Ard Bheinn, making it a very enjoyable walk to this summit.Dazingdale07/05/2016
Got a lift to NR977357 with the intention of traversing A-Cruach and then proceeding to Tighvein. The ascent was initially steep through deep heather, then boggy to the summit. Proceeding southwards from the summit is the largest and wobbliest tract of blanket bog I have encountered in Scotland to date - Scuba Diving gear advised. Upon reaching the Monamore Glen road I had had enough and ran back to Lamlash along the road!raffemeister01/05/2016
From high point on road. Steep climbing then soggy ground cutting across to and contouring to A'Chruach. Around then over the Breac to Ard Bheinn. Down direct to road and a hitch up the road back to car.nordicstar19/04/2016
From high point on the road.jenx19/04/2016
Started from high point on the string.easy way up. Very boggy from time to time. With Ian Browntallblond18/04/2016
Parked at high point on String Road then steep uphiill the across moorland to summit then across road to bag An Tunna with its trig before Chris Watson could finish A'Chruach and run me back to Castle Lodge.Dugswell218/04/2016
Walked solo from Glen Cloy via the cup and ring marked rock at Stronach Wood, through the sponge bog to the summit from Muileann Gaoithe then on to Sithein, through Fairy Glen and finishing back in Brodick. Tough going as no paths at all over very rough, boggy ground. Better views from the other two hills mentioned.Chris Mac17/10/2015
From highest point of The String, rough going with heather and peat hags. Also rain, cloud and 40mph winds.Lionel Bidwell12/05/2015
With PK. On day of bagging small Arran Marilyns.amswanston08/05/2015
From Glenloig, with Mora.BLACKHILL13/04/2015
up the edge of forest on string road and then x country brilliant views of the goatfell group. with liz.parlick22/08/2014
With Marion and her sister; from high point of road.richtea504031/10/2013
From car park at high point of String road (opposite Glenloig Farm) then via the single unplanted forest ride up coniferised Glen Craigag. Once out of the trees, a tough and steep climb initially through deep heather, but easing quite quickly. A'Chruach rounded summit is a terrific viewpoint. Carried on over Creagan Liatha, bypassing Beinn Bhreac to the north and finishing over Ard Bheinn. Good walk; A'Chruach feels surprisingly remote.milngavie_kenny08/11/2012
Mild, calm, drizzle, no views, mist and clag, gps got us there.iangalbraith19/11/2011
from top of String road in afternoon. Heather and peat hag though dry underfoot and overhead. Limited views. with M, Jniallp22/09/2011
Ascent from HP of the String road, where there are two lay-bys on south side. Climbed with NP, KM and JK. Tried to descend by Allt nan Calaman, but too steep and tree-girt. Keep to Cnoc Dubh to avoid trouble.marktrengove22/09/2011
Rough going despite nearly frozen bog. Started from Machrie Rd junction via Ard Bheinn & then Muileann Gaoithe slopes (deep bracken) to Glen Cloy. Direct line into/out of Gleann Dubh is not advisable I'm told.Smudge26/11/2010
600th mar = hofThearlaichdubh21/08/2010
Various inc JC and DC. Gale at summit. Deep snow.Martin6630/12/2009
From top of The String at parking spot. Miserable ascent over Cnoc Dubh, long wet grass, peat hags, in mist. Glad of GPS to find very small cairn at top.Aye Jimmy26/07/2009
Straightforward ascent from layby at top of The String. Dusting of snow, panorama of higher hills to north.agentmancuso07/04/2008
Top of the String. Through gate in electric fence, over rough grass to path through 2' high heather to dome of hill. To left over tiring heather and hags. Rainbow on other side of glen. Top at 10.20.arranc23/09/2003
RHW07/07/2002
Out and back from The String Road.Eddie06/06/1999
Thorny23/08/2019
iainwalton09/07/2019
Paul and Terri10/07/2018
Neil Midgley26/05/2018
andy macp05/12/2017
SteveG19/11/2017
Adrian17/11/2017
tomandivy12/09/2017
walk livi11/05/2017
PaulineD11/05/2017
govanah29/04/2017