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Name:Cairn of Gowal
Hill number:471
Height:991m / 3251ft
Parent (Ma):457  Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag
Parent (SMC):468  Cairn Bannoch
RHB Section:07A: Braemar to Montrose
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA), Angus (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Aberdeen), Catchment Boundaries, South Esk
Watershed:Aberdeen Bay
Class:Munro Top, Subsimm
Grid ref:NO 22672 82079
Summit feature:a few stones on flat rock
Col:969m  NO223822  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 44
(1:25k) OL53N 388N
Survey:Abney level
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With SJW. WE had a 10.5 hour, 23 mile circular around the Loch Muick horseshoe coming up from Loch Muick at Broad Cairn, around to Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, across to Lochnagar, Meikle Pap and back down to Loch Muick.meltdiceburg08/08/2019
Lochnagar, Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt,Cairn Bannoch, Broad CairnHuwel24/04/2019
With Karen & Buster. Stayed at Glaa allt Shiel Bothy. T-shirt weather.Highland Days26/02/2019
From Invercauld bridgePeterb07/08/2018
With Mark.grimjimm27/06/2018
Flat summit, just off path. Solo.Dangerous Dave17/09/2017
Munro Top bagging from Glen Clova: Acharn - Glen Doll - Crow Craigies - Fafernie - Cairn Bannoch - Cairn of Gowal - Craig of Gowal - Creag an Dubh-loch - Broad Cairn - Bachnagairn - Acharndavidpettit8416/04/2017
From Glen Doll carpark via Jock's Road to Davy's Brouach, Crow Craigies, Fafernie, Cairn Bannoch, Cairn of Gowal, Broad Cairn, Bachnagairn and a long walk back to the carpark in the last remnants of daylight. Bitter 40mph winds on the tops. With Mark and Hamish & Huey the springer spaniels.Saggers28/10/2016
C/W round of broad cairn, creag an dubh loch, cairn of cowal, craig of gowal, crow craigies, fafernie, cairn bannoch, carn an t sagairt mor, carn an t sagairt beag, carn a choire bhoidheach, top of eagles rock, creag a ghlas uillt,from cp at glen muick.robertphillips17/09/2016
High level circuit of Loch Muick from Spittal of Glen Muick, Broad Cairn to Lochnagarkdbennett24/07/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac11/05/2016
Counter clockwise circuit of the White Mounth Munros from car park at Spittal of Glen MuickHyperopic09/05/2016
With ChristineKeith9920/07/2015
On the TGO Challenge with Sue - Hill 23.Phreerunner18/05/2015
not first timeclashcityrocker11/01/2014
With friend. From Spittal of Glenmuick on bikes to Glas-allt-Shiel. Objective: all Munro tops of Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch. After Broad Cairn, Craig of Gowal, Crow Craigies, Fafernie, Cairn Bannoch. Continued SE aiming for the Munro top called Cairn of Gowal. We came to a point where there was higher ground on our left but a cairn on a summit point SE of where we were, which we decided to go to. However, when we turned round and faced the way we had come we realised that the high ground we had by-passed was higher than where we were. Subsequent examination of various editions of Munro’s tables and maps showed that the top where we were was where the Munro top called Cairn of Gowal height 983m stood as listed in editions of Munro’s tables from 1974 to 1990. However, the 1997 edition gives a relocated position at height of 991m on the high ground we had bypassed. So we went back to the summit of the 991m top. We finished with Creag an Dubh-loch.pwbellarby06/09/2013
Adding old logsAngelaf06/08/2013
Started at Grange and walked up to Catbells via Hause Gate. Heavy going at first. Gentler route availableSally Beck14/04/2012
Ashley, Lochnagar curcuitJamesSDonald13/10/2010
3 of 4 From Cairn Bannoch.ChrisR06/10/2010
Solo on TGO Challenge 2010alistairpooler24/05/2010
Whiteout!Alastair S16/03/2010
Easy walk over from the S toptorkm25/07/2009
second ascent of this hill, 2 in group, showers of heavy rain and strong winds, goc 09, climbed from braemar on way to glass allt-shiel bothy via carn a choire bhoideach, fafernie, cairn bannoch, pt991, pt983, pt983, broad cairn, choir chash path.rum doodle 18/05/2009
self (Cairn Bannoch)davidsbatty05/04/2009
With JayColinmac200503/08/2008
Day's solo cycle & walk - total sunshine plus much snow & icebarnz4817/02/2008
On attempt of all Munros and tops in 2007ancient brit08/09/2007
Daywalk with Will from Glen Doll.Grinner07/07/2007
Second ascent 31/07/2010NormanW30/06/2007
8 of 12: From Cairn Bannoch.ChrisR01/06/2006
Returned to the main track after visiting Fafernie and Creag Leachdach and easily located the insignificant cairn. yorkie28/06/2005
alone SheilaS11/06/2005
With Ian.Dangerous Dave02/05/2005
With Frser, completing Lochnagar cuircut and all tops. 40.4km 2130m with overnight camp walking 16.0hrJamesSDonald04/04/2004
See Carn an Tuirc dbb20/10/2003
Fell run from Glen Muickstever01/06/2002
Solo walk. From Auchallater. I walked to Lochcallater Lodge and then on footpath that goes across SW slopes of Carn an t-Sagairt Mòr, then to the summit of Cairn Bannoch. I continued over the Munro Top called Cairn of Gowal (991m) and Cairn of Gowal (983m) to Craig of Gowal. I returned to Cairn of Gowal and Cairn Bannoch and went round to the summit of Fafernie. Returned to join the outward route back to Auchallater. The first two hours were dry. Then there was torrential rain and much mist and a little snow. There was much flooding on the road making driving hazardous.pwbellarby14/10/2001
Went over en-route between Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn.Windy Corner24/07/2001
Self and dogInvicta1401/07/2001
Solo, walking out to get supplies then again on 8th with Jeanettedickscroop07/05/2001
with Conrad!batrigg01/11/2000
Date unknown paulsross01/01/2000
on walk between Cairn Bannoch(qv) and Broad Cairn(qqv)pwheeler15/06/1997
Dry good views, warm, both tops in case.iangalbraith29/08/1996