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Name:Creag an Dail Bheag
Hill number:596
Height:863m / 2831ft
RHB Section:08B: Cairngorms
County/UA:Aberdeenshire (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Aberdeen)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, Yeaman
Grid ref:NO 15734 98150
Summit feature:rock by small cairn
Col:652m  NO179980  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 36 43
(1:25k) OL58S 404S
Observations:large cairn 275m SE at NO 15900 97925 is lower
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
Comments:Summit measured as 863.0m. Full Marilyn status conferred October 2013 after survey found hill 595 to be lower; replaced 595 as Corbett in 2015
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 249 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Alan, GavinNHWC12/09/2019
From car park at Keiloch, along estate roads to W of Altdourie, then tracks N in glen of Glas Allt Beag, continuing to col between Creag an Dail Bheag and Carn Liath, W to the first, then E to the second, descending to Loch Builg track, following that to a sharp bend W of Culardoch, continuing on small tracks and paths up Culardoch, descending S to track that then rejoins Loch Builg track, thence S to Invercauld and return to Keilochkdbennett13/04/2019
Previously climbed Carn Liath (formerly Corbett top). Visually difficult - summit of Creag an Dail Bheag always looks lower than at least 3 other possible tops.clashcityrocker11/04/2019
From the Secret Howff.Robinho0824/02/2019
During a week in Tomintoul. With Smithy from the car park (£3) at Keiloch. Followed the RoW NE from just short of Invercauld House. Just before exiting the trees, put my sack down on a nest of quite gigantic ants! Took track all way to high point due W of Culardoch & then slanted up the final slope into a very stiff wind to the top. Swift retreat down to col, back along track for about 1km & then took an obvious path just past a small cairn to Carn Liath/Creag An Dail Bheag. Wandered over every lump & bump like a proper bagger just to be sure. Strangely not as windy as Culardoch. Then made a total mess of the descent by initially following the wall & then changing tack, heather bashing over to the outward track & back to the car.NotReallyABagger09/09/2018
The many topped Marilyn. Having found what I thought was the top, I decided I'd entered the coords into my GPS wrong. Then I realised there was yet another top 200m away. After Culardoch. Another superb day.dal06/07/2018
TGO Challenge 2018twg2720/05/2018
After Carn Laithtrimarc218/05/2018
Another sunny day. Had to repeat this after top moved! Cycled up track, then visited all the Carn Liath tops to make sure.douglas_easton15/04/2018
Ridge from Culardoch, then descended SE to tracks and Keiloch.davidpettit8431/03/2018
Second ascent from Keiloch after Carn Liath.NormanW02/08/2017
Did original Corbett 2003. Lots of sun but rain on top. Hail shower on way down.softsquare14/05/2017
With: hb; From Invercauld CP up through snowy woods (where we saw Capercaillie tracks - huge!) almost to Bealach Dearg then E ridge to summit to avoid as much snow as possible. Across to Creag an Dail Bheag then down & up Culardoch. Returned via track.Ian Baines26/04/2017
With: ib; From Invercauld CP up through snowy woods (where we saw Capercaillie tracks - huge!) almost to Bealach Dearg then E ridge to summit to avoid as much snow as possible. Across to Creag an Dail Bheag then down & up Culardoch. Returned via track. Helen Baines26/04/2017
Weather fair with clag patches, snow on ground.MountainMac29/01/2017
Walked up from the carpark at Invercauld Estate. A stunning day, -5degrees but blue sky and no wind at all. Saw a flock of waxwings on the way up. With DoogzPeterb20/11/2016
Cycled from Keiloch up to about 600m, then gentle slopes, smooth ground and short vegetation to the summit. Arrived at 1930 in a gale which may have reduced the chill factor to below zero.Topographer5707/07/2016
Invercauld estate, pay to park, make sure u have coins, good tracks most of way. With mora. they moved the top! so its a longer day.BLACKHILL03/07/2016
Last Corbett & 1550th MarilynJim.Fothergill26/05/2016
A pleasant walk up from the Keiloch car park on the estate track and then a straightforward jaunt over the short heather to gain the new top with stunning views of Ben Avon looming across Glen Gairntorkm15/05/2016
Alone, from Invercauld.Grinner14/05/2016
Cycled from Kelloch to Alltdourie. Then up Glas Allt Beag to col. Short distance to summit. Should have done this when I did the other twin.ngthack08/04/2016
The route up the Glas Allt Beag is highly recommended, for incredible, totally stunning views. You'll get to see Lochnagar and the Mounth, Glen Shee and Braemar, Carn na Drochaide and Beinn a'Bhuird on the way up. Next there is a gloriously easy stroll round the plateau on short heather, with a grandstand view of Ben Avon (and half of Scotland). The plateau is huge, with numerous cairns to visit, so I visited all of them, and then the cairns on Carn Liath. I went down via point 857 m to the track, through soft snow fields, then down the track to Alltdourie, with more stunning views. I was very fortunate to see the surrounding Munros in all their snowy glory in blue skies and sunshine, on the day when the temperature in Braemar broke records for March at 19 C. Despite the snow on the Munros, I was poncing around on dry heather on the Corbett. It was tee shirt weather all day, even when loafing around on the top admiring the view, eating cake and drinking tea. Fabulous!Gill17/03/2016
Cycled from car park up to the point where the track comes in from Culardoch. Mixture of snow and heather but ascent reasonably straightforward almost directly to the first of the 862m tops. Easy stroll over to the other then over the unnamed top and down to the track for an ascent of Culardoch. Glorious weather and a welcome return in a little over half an hour on the bikes.kenmorti16/03/2016
Cycle up good tracks over carn liath first to the top.robertphillips30/10/2015
Solo trip. Cycle to Altdourie then up track by the Glas Allt Beag, straight to the summit. Down over Meall Glasail Beag to the Slugain track.Invicta1416/08/2015
CK SheilaS05/04/2015
On to newly re-confirmed Corbett Creag an Dail Beag. Then contouring round western side of Carn Liath's slopes en route to southern spur and SE to SIM Creag a'Chait. Before getting there, while contouring across very gently angled slope boulder field, I experienced being conscious of feeling that I was hopping across the boulder field fairly fast and feeling double edged, both proudly happy with what I percieved as fairly good sense of balance, but also conscious of how easy for boulders to move under my feet and throw me off balance. With hind sight, this felt like a pre-cognition warning of what might happen and that maybe I should slow down a bit and take more care. (Consequences under Creag a'Chait) Within about 5-10 secs of this feeling a boulder under my right foot shifted dramatically, throwing me sideways. Over the next few seconds both feet scrambled to stay upright as each foot rapidly planted on to boulder after shifting boulder for 5-10 metres down the gentle slope till vegibagger18/07/2014
Carried on to Culardochduchally15/07/2014
walk in from Invercauld, lovely sunny dayNozzer25/05/2014
15/12/2013 bagged 857m point (mistaken for new summit). Also, 14/02/2024 - hooray!Eddie14/02/2014
Solo.Dangerous Dave03/10/2013
As part of walk in from southdickscroop27/08/2013
Checked the height of all 5 tops of Carn Liath with GPS - only 7 metres variation on my GPSoatcake01/07/2013
Solo. From walkers' car park at Keiloch. Via Gleann an t-Slugain, Meall an t-Slugain and Carn na Craoibhe Seilich. Creag an Dhail Bheag is name of hill in various tables of summits even though the OS 1:50,000 map applies this name to the cliffs on the west side of the hill. The summit has a small cairn on a small rocky outcrop. The OS 1:50,000 map shows a second contour ring to the east of the 862m spot height. There is a small cairn here. Continued to Carn Liath.pwbellarby11/01/2013
This hill is now (2015) the Corbett so this is a second round ascent.pwbellarby 2nd11/01/2013
Third top today and outcrop with small cairn could be higher of these twin Corbetts. Complex mountain.Dugswell227/05/2012
solo, from other summit, short walk, nice plateau, short moss and rocks. Aware of B Avon's mass across Glen Gairn, but it was mostly in cloud.niallp20/09/2010
climbed after Culardoch. Ecological scientific experiement underway in Bealach between the two hills - something to do with restoration of heather?raffemeister01/07/2009
Climbed along with Carn Liath from Keiloch. Clear, but stormy looking over Ben Avon.Windy Corner02/05/2009
3 of 3: From Carn Liath.ChrisR13/10/2008
With Carn Liath Corbettnordicstar09/02/2008
MC JC With Culardoch. Cycled from Invercauld on glorious day with the bikes newly serviced. Left the bikes at the stable hut and climbed Culardoch first. Lunch and then on to Carn Liath. Downhill run back to Invercauld - fabulous. A very warm 22 deg all day. Nearly ran over red squirrel!Martin6626/06/2005
With Carn Liath (thankfully!) and Culardoch.amswanston01/12/2001
Another of three summits of this Corbett visited, before continuing to Culardoch.Aye Jimmy10/09/2000
I did the old Summit of Carn Liath, but they're only slightly different in height and not very far apart.IanHHill12/08/1998