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Name:Sgurr a' Chaorainn
Hill number:1359
Height:760.6m / 2495ft
RHB Section:18B: Sunart and Ardgour
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Linnhe, Catchment Boundaries, Sunart
Watershed:Greater Loch Linnhe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,G,Y)
Grid ref:NM 89502 66194
Summit feature:boulder 1m SW of cairn
Drop:205m
Col:556m  NM902665  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 40
(1:25k) 391
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Survey of Sgurr a'Chaorainn.pdf
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An interesting variant on standard routes. Start along Glen Gour, climb Beinn na h-Uamha, then head along the very good twisty turny ridge to climb Sgurr a'Chaorainn. Ridiculously steep descent S to the small plateau below, then down Coire na Laire, steep at first, then easy. The walk out was a bit grim. The path on the 1:25K map is a horrid, stony bog fest. The lower ATV track is little better but leads to a ford and the land rover track. This too is awful, stony, up and down and with horrible deep water splashes at every dip. It improves a bit once you get to the trade route up BnU but the long walk out is character-forming..Gill20/10/2019
During a solo week in Ardgour & Sunart. Did the courteous thing & contacted the local estate office giving detailed proposed route in effort to avoid any stalking. The dubious reply started with 'it would be best for us...if you could avoid planning to take access during this 8 week period...' before grudgingly asking me to stick to paths & ridges. Went out on the hill anyway. From the nature reserve to the lead mine & then up Druim Leac a' Sgiathain as far as the lochan, traversed the slope using a faint path to the col under Sgurr a'Chaorainn. Ascent of slope much rougher than it looked. Then followed the rough ridge to Beinn na h-Uamha. Back by the same route: a tough day. Didn't see any stalkers or anybody else. Probably a bit easier to start at mast on road N of Strontian.NotReallyABagger01/10/2019
From tent in Glen Gopur first to coll between tops then Sgurr na Laire (Gt) then Sgurr Charainn (G). A short day and much pleasanter going than previous day on AS side of Glen Gourdickscroop28/10/2018
CK SheilaS10/08/2018
G and Aarthurwhittaker21/04/2018
Wintery traverse from Ariundle to Sallachan over Chaorainn and Uamha, with Dave B.amswanston26/11/2017
A great, but long and hard day from Strontian in brilliant weather. great views of all the hills for many miles around. Great bird song in the Strontian Glen woods.IanHHill25/05/2017
From Ariundle. Previous trip had failed due to swollen rivers so glad to bag it this time.NormanW10/05/2017
6 of 6: From Sgurr nan Cnamh.ChrisR29/08/2016
Did after Beinn na h-Uamha. Took bike from Sallachan to approx 925646 but wouldn't do so again as the track was very rough. Had to get off several times.duchally02/08/2016
Beinn na h-Uamha, Sgurr a'Chaorainn, Sgurr na Laire from Sallachan via the pleasant Glen Gour on a warm sunny day. Encountered an adder on the path on the return.RobertP26/05/2016
From Arundle car park (10:20) cycled up track to 855654 (near ruin by river)(10:50). Climbed to upper track & old mine, then up ridge over Sg na h-Iguinn (12:50), down to col and up to Sg Dhomhnuill (13:25). Lovely day, fine views. Returned to col then descended E down steep grassy slope keeping R of burn to cross glen. Then traversed L, then up to col & broad rocky ridge to quartzite cairn on B na h-Uamha (15:45). Retraced steps westward and traversed Sg a Chaorainn (17:05), descending WNW down to col. Down SW to glen and followed river back to bike (18:40) and car (19:10). Fabulous long day in glorious weather with views to outer Hebs & Schiehallion.dbb14/06/2015
Ariundle - lead mine - Sgurr Dhomhnuill - Sgurr na h-Ighinn - Sgurr a' Chaorainn - Beinn na h-Uamha - contour around Sgurr a' Chaorainn - Glen Strontian - Ariundledavidpettit8405/04/2015
From Sgurr Dhomhnuill, reached summit at 1615, back down west ridge and on down to Strontian river and eventually rejoining the track back to Ariundle.Topographer5711/10/2013
selfdavidsbatty30/09/2013
From Beinn na'Uamha, over transverse rockbands,knolls and hollows. A Golden Eagle circled and we had a view from Cruachan to a snow-plastered Kintail. On a Sallachan to Strontian traverse- the 0930 bus to Fort William bus makes the logistics easy but this is rough country and even the right of way over the col below looked to have a long pathless section. A beautiful woodland finishpwheeler24/05/2013
beinn na h uamha and squrr a chaorainn cycled along glen gour.robertphillips03/03/2013
Backpack through Ardgour, glenfinnan to coran ferry w Jenx, one midgey night outnordicstar24/08/2008
Beinn na h-Uamha NM 918664), Sgurr Dhomhnuill (NM 890678) & Carn Nathrach (NM 886698) S/F NN018684 Calm, warm and sunny, occasional showers, cloudbase >3000', broken. Overnight camp at NM923690 before and after ascents. Also Graham Sgurr a Chaorainn NM 895662 (Note added April 16)John Young01/04/2004
Galltywenallt17/03/2002
Solo Uisdean2524/07/2000
On the TGO ChallengeBLACKHILL15/05/1999
from Uamha. Trudge downhill finding an easier route than on ascent and 700' up to top at 16.45. At car 14m; 9 1/2hrs.arranc14/06/1998
Round of Sgurr nan Cnamh, Beinn na h-Uamha, Sgurr a'Chaorainn, Sgurr na h-Ighinn, Sgurr Dhomhnuill and Druim Garbh from Shiel lane to Resourie.Eddie08/09/1996
Corbett bagging: Sgurr Dhomhnuill, Carn na Nathrach and Beinn na h-Uamha (plus this one) RHW25/05/1991
Ascended after leaving Sgurr Dhommhnuill. Descended to Corran down Glen Gour.JohnW31/07/1983
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