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Name:Cairn of Gowal (old GR)
Hill number:474
Height:983m / 3225ft
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:Deleted Munro Top
Grid ref:NO 22790 81659
Summit feature:cairn on large rock
Col:976m  NO227818  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 44
(1:25k) OL53N 388N
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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
From Invercauld bridgePeterb07/08/2018
The path to Broad Cairn doesn't go out to this cairned top. I have logged this previously in my paper log book but don't remember visiting this cairn - not convinced. Never mind, I've done it again to be sure!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
Weather fair.MountainMac11/05/2016
On the TGO Challenge with Sue - Hill 24.Phreerunner18/05/2015
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
Ashley, Lochnagar curcuitJamesSDonald13/10/2010
hadnt realised that this was a top until downloading map data into computer , like other tops up here not very memorable at the timetorkm25/07/2009
first ascent of this top, 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
With JayColinmac200503/08/2008
9 of 12: From Cairn of Gowal.ChrisR01/06/2006
Continued along the ridge from the main summit to the north. yorkie28/06/2005
alone SheilaS11/06/2005
With Ian. On our way to Broad Cairn.Dangerous Dave02/05/2005
With Frser, completing Lochnagar cuircut and all tops. 40.4km 2130m with overnight camp walking 16.0hrJamesSDonald04/04/2004
Company: Soloiandesbottes17/11/2002
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
With Jeanette walking out from camping. Had done it solo the previous day bringing extra food.dickscroop08/05/2001
Dry good views, warm, both tops in case.iangalbraith29/08/1996
With Jon and Simon. Second peak of Ring of Loch Muick (all 5 Munros and most of the tops). Superb weather.mikejacobs03/08/1995
On the way to Broad Cairn.Aye Jimmy24/06/1995
Circuit of Loch Muick from car park, with LM and Tommynordicstar22/04/1995
With Robin. We were staying at the bothy at Glas Allt Shiel on Loch Muick.thenomad28/02/1995
Another tick today.Play2End07/08/1994
NB. From Spital of Glen Muick via Dubh Loch, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cain Bannock & Broad Cairn.Vin04/04/1993
Glen Doll round from Driesh to Broad Cairn.Eddie31/03/1993
Ascent with Robin Parkalexmaclennan01/08/1992
on a round of Lochnagar, White Mounth, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn from Glen MuickPeterD20/06/1992
An excellent big 22 mile December winter's day neatly taking in 15 Munros & tops. 1 inch of snow cover with nice calm, clear and cold conditions. Started and ended in dark,with Phil Rheinberg during middle of 3 day w/e from Sheffield. Staying as the only guests in the 'fridge' -bunkhouse behind Clen Clova hotel.Chris Pearson03/12/1989
With D192131/07/1988
This was the Top in 1988, so completed before it was deleted in 1997. Walked over the current Top when heading for the old GR from Cairn Bannock. See log for Cairn Bannock. (Solo)gerrybowes02/06/1988
with Denis Richmond circuit including from Cairn Bannock to Broad Cairn - and round doing tops on 05/04/2009davidsbatty01/06/1988
Alone starting below Devil's Elbow where I left car with dad picking me up at Loch Muick 10 hours and 50 minutes later having bagged nine Munros (and some tops). SS18/04/1987
Circuit of Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn from Glen Muickrjf3530/11/1986
Date uncertain, Aberdeen Physics Dept hillwalk, circuit from Glen Clova.rjf3515/06/1986
from t'other. to Broad Cairn.arranc30/05/1986
Solo from Broad Cairn to Cairn Bannoch. 9 summits for the day.bolton01/08/1985
Alone. From Spittal of Glenmuick I walked via Glas-allt-Shiel and then up the ESE ridge of Creag a’ Ghlas-uillt (using a path which is a continuation of one skirting under Little Pap) to this summit. I went on to Top of Eagle’s Rock, Carn a’ Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t- Sagairt Beag, Carn an t-Sagairt Mòr, Cairn Bannoch, Cairn of Gowal, Broad Cairn followed by descent to Dubh Loch and Spittal of Glen Muick. It was clear with no rain. There were good views of Creag an Dubh-loch, Loch Kander and long distance. Many dear and ptarmigan were seen.pwbellarby31/07/1983
Cairngorm Club meet. With Geraldine Guest, Robin Howie. From Spittle of Glenmuick. After reaching Creag an Dubh-loch and Broad Cairn we went on to Cairn of Gowal, Carn Bannoch, and Craig of Gowal. At the latter there are 3 cairns with much the same height - middle one highest point. We descended down the slope to Loch Esk, and then across to the south of Bachnagairn. We went down the glen to the quarry near Braedownie. There is no bridge where the track crosses the river near Moulzie. We got wet. Mist was continuous from the start to coming off Craig of Gowal when it gradually lifted. There was soft snow on the ground, but not deep, from the start to Bachnagairn. There was falling snow while on the tops.pwbellarby24/04/1983
Others missed this top.chrisbien23/10/1982
Cairngorm Club meet with Jonathan Bellarby, David Moseley. From Auchallater. After ascending Carn an t-Sagairt Mór and Fafernie continued to Cairn Bannoch, the top at NO226821*, and Cairn of Gowal - it was warm and sunny. Continued to Craig of Gowal, Creag an Dubh-loch, Broad Cairn and Spittal of Glenmuick. Bright with clear weather all day. There was some mist seen on Carn an Tuirc etc but it did not reach us. There were snow patches and it was icy on the ground. * Note subsequently added: This top has been found to be higher than the summit of Craig of Gowal, as defined in 1981, and so is now the summit of Craig of Gowal.pwbellarby25/10/1981
With mum, Margaret and Michael Hemmings. I flew off picking up outlying tops as they took the circuit of Loch Muick. Dad waited on us at the car park feeding sheep mutton pies! SS12/07/1980