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Name:Mona Gowan
Hill number:1493
Height:749m / 2457ft
RHB Section:21A: Tomintoul to Banff
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Aberdeen), Catchment Boundaries, Don (Aberdeen)
Watershed:Aberdeen Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NJ 33594 05823
Summit feature:huge cairn
Col:555m  NJ356048  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 37
(1:25k) OL59W 405W
Observations:standing stone by fence corner 40m SSE at NJ 33606 05783 is as high
Survey:Abney level
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 229 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Andrew, FionaNHWC09/09/2019
Parked by bridge just down from track to Glenfenzie. Took next track up to Scraulac, then Cairnagour and finally Mona Gown. Blowing a hooley, lashing rain, no views. Impressive cairn. Descent down Glenmore to remains of Glenfenzie Lodge. Now sunny!MichaelF22/05/2019
along ridge from Cairnagour Hill KeithByTheC16/05/2019
From Culfork, returning via Slacks of Glencarvierjf3531/12/2018
From Glenfenzie.Smudge26/12/2018
Mountain bike Ballater to Lary and then on good tracks to Morven Lodge. Walked round of Morven and Mona Gowantrimarc216/05/2018
Circuit of Mona Gown and Morven from road-end near Birkford.PGCE19/02/2018
quick walk up from strathdon, very windy day good views eastNozzer25/10/2017
Really good view point. Cracking hill.BigJ25/10/2017
M J O. Very windy but dry day. From top of road and over the tops.Martin6603/09/2017
Parked the car near Birkford. Good tracks for most of the way, there has been a lot of timber felling so forest track I followed was a bit churned up. Higher up to Mullachdubh the track was in a good condition. No real path to Mona Gowan summit, made a wee detour from the compass bearing to walk down into the Slacks of Glencarvie - very impressive almost a mini Chalamain Gap. A very windy summit - impressive cairn. Landrover track all the way back to the car via Lynemore farm. Wildlife count Grouse & 2 chicks, Plover, mountain hares, meadow pippet. On the way to the hills 2 red squirrelsLizzieG24/06/2017
Mona Gowan and its three associated tops. Easy going from south west on snow free ground, it had been thigh deep in places only a week earlier. A lot of track so speedy going.dickscroop20/02/2017
From A939. Snow showers, 8/8 cloud. Summit in cloud. With PM.CJM05/02/2017
Parked at Glenfenzie at the start of the forest road. Good tracks to 335051 then followed the fence. 5.4 miles and under 3 hours with CJM.bolton05/02/2017
With Peterb. After Geallaig Hill we drove back towards Corgaff and climbed this Graham starting at Glenfenzie. As others said they have extended the estate track to within 60-70m (height) of the summit. Reaching the top was tough with very strong winds impeding progress and coming down was only slightly easier. No views as mist had come in from west. Reversed inward route for return.bowlesy03/01/2017
On GMCdaviemore13/11/2016
From A939 nr, Glenfenzie, with mora, then on to Morven, long day, some rain, more flies.BLACKHILL05/07/2016
From parking area on A939 SW of Glenfenzie. I obviously hadn't read the logs below as I was surprised to find the track now goes so far towards the summit. Route and write-up at:
Weather fair.MountainMac28/03/2016
From Lary, via Morven, on a day with improving views. The walk along the ridge is surprisingly arduous, with lots of very lush bog vegetation, but the tracks on and off the hill are dead easy. There's a nice rocky gap before the climb onto Mona Gowan which adds interest.Gill19/03/2016
Did this from Strathdon after climbing Ladylea Hill earlier in day.IanHHill11/06/2015
on the TGOCoatcake20/05/2015
CK SheilaS03/03/2015
From Glenfenzie, parked about 100m to the south. Overcast evening but clouds above summit with good visibility. Tracks now leads up south ridge almost all the way to the summit.Topographer5703/10/2014
up from the north.robertphillips04/07/2014
W Jenx from minor road to north. Possible to drive to road end, parking opp Ettenbreck. Previous spot down road now blocked by roadside obstacles. Follow minor track up through woods, past butts and becomes good line direct to summit. Over tops and back by Western tracks to Ettenbreck.nordicstar02/06/2014
Did after Morvenduchally05/04/2014
From Ballater - Tomintoul roadneimcv26/09/2013
Walk with John from Lary over Cairnagour Hillm Mona Gowen and Morven to Milton of WhitehousePhilsidwell01/02/2011
Mona Gowan (NJ 336056) & Geallaig Hill (NO 297981) S/F NJ 302053 & NO 266987. 2 on the same day. Warm with broken high cloud (>3000'), breezy.John Young01/06/2010
Walked befor Ladylea Hill. Started at Ettenbreck. Short section of trudge through heather before hitting wide landrover track running through newly felled plantation to hill itself. Track almost all of the way to summit with large cairn. Up and down in 1.alasdaircairns19/02/2009
2 of 2: From Morven.ChrisR09/01/2009
Solo walk. Parked near track to the old farmhouse of Glenfenzie. After ascending Cairnagour Hill went on to Mona Gowan. Continued to Mullachdubh and Tom Liath.pwbellarby15/03/2008
solo, from G Fenzie en route Morven return via Morven Lodge and over small pass back to car. Lovely day, very clear and still. Sprained ankle held up v wellniallp18/10/2007
Solo Uisdean2506/04/2007
Climbed from Glenfenzie on a traverse to Bellabeg in Strathdontorkm26/03/2006
Solo tripInvicta1417/09/2005
Ascended from the A939 via Scraulac and Cairnagour Hill.JohnW27/10/2004
Track not on map under power lines 3 times before heading uphill on a very wide improved track. Stopped dead after 1/2 hour. Followed outside edge of wood on bracken to regain old track. Plod up gently past bird observatory on stilts, two lots of zig zags and to top at 13.45.arranc14/06/2004
With HazelSpudGunn26/04/2003
Part sunny, cold wind, squalls, good views.iangalbraith04/06/2002
fine sparse gravel sumit, fine view. from rd to N 334093 nr Fleuchats RHW18/03/2000
Round of Mona Gowan and Morven from Glenfenzie.Eddie12/12/1998