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Name:Carn a' Ghille Chearr
Hill number:1496
Height:710m / 2329ft
RHB Section:21A: Tomintoul to Banff
County/UA:Highland (UA), Moray (UA)
County (CoH):Morayshire (CoH)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Historic County Top,
Grid ref:NJ 13964 29847
Summit feature:trig point
Col:531m  NJ121271  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 36
(1:25k) OL61S 419S
Observations:small rib of ground 10m E is as high
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Morayshire historic county top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 215 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Weather fair.MountainMac08/07/2019
Solo trip; unexpectedly good weather.Invicta1410/06/2019
From Ballcoarach car park, along track, up pass Knock farm onto ridge and thence to summit.On to Crag a Tarmachain and then to Creagan a Chaise. Cool and showery but good views as far as Moray Firth.MichaelF21/05/2019
Walked from Craggan More.187lenny12/05/2019
From car park just off B9136 (Over river Avon bridge) @ Ballcorach - Knock (and Earth House??) - Track past derelict farm heading up hill (near Knock Burn). As farm track ends followed faint tracks through short grasses and heather to the flattened summit of Carn Eachiea. The double top of Carn a' Ghille Chearr (with trig) appears beyond. We tumble down off Creag an Tarmachin following tracks through the heather trying to circle round. Finding Allt na Chriche in its grove and cross. Finding track down through plantation to Lyne (and a cluster of cottages. From here its a pleasurable stroll back along the river to the bridge (and car).briandavies09/05/2019
From Wester Rynaballoch. Solo.Dangerous Dave04/05/2019
County top reached from the Ballcoarach carpark on the B9136 a seven mile walk taking three hours on a clear evening, after the track ends this would be a much more difficult walk if attempted in low visibility as the path comes and goes.WAYNE ROWLETT27/07/2018
Dropped off to E at Allt na Criche, where signpost indicates access to hills. Up first field, over fence, across burn, and then ever upwards to the ridge and summit.Minto10/06/2018
Round of 2 grahams ans sim from Ballcorach bridge. Back to car before thunder and rain arrived. And back to aviemore in time for RHS Agmcjo09/06/2018
parked by the bridge at grid NJ11085/30150 and headed over the squelchy heather on the map it shows a path but i never found it until i reached the top of cnoc na seilg where it became quiet good followed the path to the ridge then a steady pull up on to carn a eachie then straight forward walk on to the summit of carn a ghillie .. lots of snow on the ground and almost perfect for walking on .. returned by the same route just over 3hrs walkingmikebeattie09/02/2018
SMHC Sunday Walk with Paola & Chris Jones Karin Marshall Linda Lawson Lorraine Clark Dianne Scorgie Wind forecast but not the severe wind we got at the summit. Dry clear day with fantastic great views over to Ben Rinnes. The days highlight for everyone was the herd of reindeer that trotted up to see us & pose for photos. They appear to be very comfortable with humans. One reindeer had what we assume was a GPS tracker padlocked to its neck probably so Santa can find himLizzieG15/10/2017
Reindeer on this walk - lovely. This was a Historic County Top and a Marylin and a Graham and mainly, a warm up before the Speyside Way!nickywood115/10/2017
Ascent with me Rog and Sapphire, who is doing very well for her age from Easter Shennach.thejackrustles09/09/2017
There's nowt like having a reindeer try to lick your face whilst trying to have a flask of tea on a hill! Walked up from car park by Mains of Inverourie. Route and write-up at:
From Tom a'Chait - once over the rough ground SE of Tom a'Chait and onto the ridge it was easy going with good views.nicolajane24/10/2016
Had planned Carn Eige today, but torrential rain and thunder led us here instead. Followed the obvious route SE from Easter Shennach, NE to the summit, then descended as the crow flies back to car. Dry througout.callumorr20/07/2016
Tough little walk with few paths. With Katy, Caz, and Gordon.George Thompson31/05/2016
with George, Gordon & CazKatyT31/05/2016
Did after Creagan a' Chaiseduchally25/11/2015
From CC along 5 mile ridge, then back to Milton.Topographer5726/09/2015
Brisk clockwise circuit from the east (Mains of Inverourie) 3hrs 45 with some jogging on the ridge.AndyS30/08/2015
That is a long ridge when the wind is howling. After the other ones. Beeline back to car park.Martin R13/11/2014
2 of 2: From Creagan a Chaise.ChrisR29/09/2014
Parked at Milton, with permission. Followed track up past shooting hut and onto ridge leading to distant large summit of Creagan a'Chaise. Followed line of the Cromdales to Carn a'Ghille Chearr. OK going if a little damp in the cols, a line most of the way. Cut down off top and followed road back to Milton.nordicstar03/06/2014
round of 2 up from wester rynaballoch to ridge line, to summit seen a herd of reindeer,then along to CACrobertphillips29/03/2014
did both hill starting at BallcorachNozzer06/10/2013
The start of a week trying to climb six county tops. I got this one, though it was not the best start to the week thanks to a horrific hailstorm at the top. Little did I know the weather was to get worse...killiedaft15/09/2013
Parking space after Tomintoul Distillery Bridge over R. Avon at Ballcorach Along farm track to Knock (derelict) Up 4x4 track to SW ridge Head NE along faint path to summit of Carn a Ghille Chearr. Road closed at distillery so unable to park at Ballcorach. (Solo)gerrybowes31/07/2013
Ascent from car park near the bridge over the Avon at Mains of Inverourie, past the ruins of Knock House, and along the track before striding across open moorland to the summit of Carn Eachie before picking up another path to the summit of Carn a Ghille Chear. Evening ascent, 12.24km round trip with 525m of ascent.VirtualMountain26/06/2013
Wonderful traverse of the 2 summits of the Cromdale Hills to explore the cairns and play amateur radio on the summits. Left the car at a car park near a fishing hut at NJ155265. Encountered Reindeer on the ridge, but they are friendly and just want to eat your lunch, and almost poke your eye out with their antlers!sotabagger27/02/2013
From Mains of Inverourie. Encountered the 30 strong herd of reindeer close to Carn Eachiebolton16/02/2013
A windy day for this one ,climbed up from Easter Shennach and then through the peathags of the central saddle to get onto the ridge , went NE to the top and then made the walk to Creagan a Chaise.torkm16/09/2012
Cloud and sun, 1 shower, warm, good views.iangalbraith16/06/2011
Trig revisit. Green rocky oasis in a sea of brown. Hot April afternoon, decent views. From SE, fine footbridge over the Dee with parking just to NE. Heather fairly well-kept, not a bad ascent.RHW09/04/2011
Walked up from Easter Rynaballoch. Path not great along the fenceline but does exist, came back along ridge 1km to the North with no path at all.andy26/06/2009
Not sure of date.alasdaircairns16/11/2008
With a friend. Drove along the minor road to Chapelton from the A95 and parked just before the end of the road. Walked on a track, marked as a path on the 1:50,000 map. This goes initially through woods and then up the hillside. Continued upwards to Creag an Tarmachain. Ground now snow covered. We continued SW to the summit of Carn a' Ghille Chearr. It was cold, about -2°C, and a stiff wind was blowing. On the slopes leading up towards the summit we saw a herd of deer ahead, so we thought. However, they started to come towards us and they turned out to be reindeer. They came right up to us and two tried to find something to their liking in my rucksack.pwbellarby30/01/2008
JEB Uisdean2509/04/2007
Car at one end of ridge, bike at the other, enabled a ridge walk over the Hills of Cromdale.IanHHill18/05/2006
Parked on A95 near entrance to mast track up Tom a?Chait. Went up over that top before following the ridge to the summit.garyhoney12/06/2005
From Ballcorach. ROW via Knock and up on access track then faint bridal path onto grassy spongy heathery stuff. Plod uphill for a mile to Carn Eachie. Firmer path in last 3/4m on short heather to trig 7481 at 14.45.arranc21/06/2004
Ascended from Wester Rynaballoch. Headed for Creagan a'Chaise.JohnW22/05/2004
Date is first visit. Notes from later...dreary damp heather plod, prosaic views not improved by heat, NB balnalon track finishes way short of summit ridge, leaving deep heather, JonM-TP 'well hacked' apr02. from balnalon to E, anticlockwise RHW20/06/1998
Ridge run of Carn a'Ghille Chearr and Creagan a'Chaise from Ballcorach. Reindeer in the snow and all that.Eddie08/03/1997
Estimated date, done while at RAF Lossiemouth.beorwulf22/05/1984
Date uncertainrjf3515/04/1983