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Name:Carn na Saobhaidhe
Hill number:639
Height:811.1m / 2661ft
RHB Section:09B: Glen Albyn and the Monadh Liath
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Findhorn, Catchment Boundaries, Ness
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, Yeaman
Grid ref:NH 59899 14400
Summit feature:no feature 160m SW of cairn
Col:641m  NH597101  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 35
(1:25k) 417
Observations:cairn is at NH 60034 14497; ground 100m WNW of cairn at NH 59936 14471 and 25m SW of cairn at NH 60013 14480 very close in height
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
Comments:Hill 640 surveyed as 10cm lower; unlikely but possible that its summit is higher, which would move the Marilyn
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Walked up on the windfarm road next to the River E. There is lots of space to park on the other side of the bridge to the farm. if you ask, there is no problem at all. This saves a slog from the graveyard parking placeshornet13/07/2020
A long walk from the car park at Coignafern Old Lodge. Solo.Dangerous Dave24/09/2019
From Wester Aberchalder. Ascended by track to Beinn Bhuraich then over the moor. Descended by track beside Aberchalder Burn.davidpettit8401/06/2019
From Strathdearn past Coignafearn Lodge and Dalbeg. Lovely glen which feels very remote all the way in until you reach the summit and see diesel generators and telephone mast and multiple wind turbines with their motorway-width access tracks. As others have said, stay with the streams from the end of the track and the ground isn't really too bad.benalder28417/06/2018
From north, track to Dunmaglass. Track is good all the way to the summit, but two diversions at 600m around fords in spate, followed by snow pack cover, prevented me from cycling higher. Showers amounted to much more than predicted by MWIS. A modern cabin at 700m was unlocked.Topographer5720/04/2018
Glorious day. Cycled in from Drumnaglas as far as snow line, then walked. Windfarm road steep in places, tough climbing but very fast descent. Lots of hare, mostly still in winter coats.douglas_easton14/04/2018
map reading nightmare due to the wind turbines roads are there that are not shown on the mapmikebeattie19/09/2017
A nice round from Dalbeg bothy though weather was miserable. Two sections of track and following streams as much as possible meant ground not too bad except for section after main summit. Carn Mhic Lamhair(Ct), Carn na Saobhaide(C), Beinn Bhuraich(Ct), Meall a Bhuailt(Gt) and a diversionon the way back to Carn na Saobraidhe E top.dickscroop30/06/2017
Fourth visit, on TGO Challenge as previously. Wind farm not as intrusive as I'd feared. South to Carn GearresithColin Crawford17/05/2017
From Coignafearn; what an amazingly beautiful valley. Rode the bike up to the bothy, but the landrover track continues up the hill. It seemed that the only sensible thing to do was ride Ďim cowboy. A small amount of pushing and some mildly technical riding got me to the end of the track. Very pleasant, easy walking following the stream up the hill, and only a small number of peat hags to negotiate higher up. Itís not entirely clear that the cairn is at the highest point, so I wandered around a bit just to make sure. Splendid views west, but what a shame itís spoiled by wind turbines. The descent proved the wisdom of putting some effort into the cycling on the way up. Very fast and great fun, and not entirely under control in places.Gill06/05/2017
Parked by telephone box taking tracks almost all the way to Carn Mhic Iamhair, then Carn na Saobhaidhe. Summit of Saobhaidhe very flat with cairn plus the high point and other near-candidates. Continued to Beinn Bhuraich, Meall a'Bhuailt and Beinn Dubhcharaidh, descending N a short way to pitch tent. Fine sunny day made this a surprisingly pleasant route. Easy descent down to the Glen and starting point.RobertP08/04/2017
With James from River Findhorn side.Grinner28/12/2016
Used bikeduchally31/03/2016
Ascended with bikes via the River E and the Corriegarth wind farm, then headed south east to track for descent to the River Findhorn. Lots of snow, which made traversing the peat hags easier but riding tracks impossible.quadbarrel20/03/2016
Ski up from wester Aberchalder a good day untill we reched the summit and the weather close in, decented in the dark was intresting ski with a head troch onNozzer01/02/2015
On the TGOC. Great views from the summit but a bog trot of to the Findhornoatcake14/05/2014
Revisit for 3 Sims and a HuMP. From N, Dunmaglass, big wide track in prep for 35 turbine wind farm, then older track, fording deepish burn 4x before leading almost to summit. Saw the DOBIH notes about 2 summit contenders other than the slightly lower cairn. I found a fourth one (remains of old cairn by little pool) to add to the collection. Back via the 2 Sims and Dubhcharaidh.RHW05/05/2014
GMC meet. With Keith Andersonmike.hoult23/04/2014
cycled from B851 to near top of hill at large hut then to summit.robertphillips03/08/2013
From road head w Jenx by the Findhorn. Long walk in via hut at Dalbeg and inc tops of Carn Mhic Iamhair and South top. Followed track up to ice floes Allt Odhar and summit area in wicked snow flurries to top. Clear and picked up all tops, cairn best one but highest near fence. Back out 10 miles same way!nordicstar29/12/2012
With Yeni and Gus. Cold winds but dry weather. Found a hut obviously erected for the beaters "Jubilee Hut". Great place to eat our sarnies and listen to a bit of music. Poor old Gus had a bad ankle so descent was pretty slow.Meagaidh09/11/2012
Linear route as part of TGO Challenge.Gayle15/05/2012
Self and BonnieInvicta1413/09/2009
With Lynsey on TGO Challenge 2009alistairpooler12/05/2009
From the east (Coignafearn old lodge), in a loop approaching from the valley to the south. Fine. Galltywenallt29/04/2009
From the B851 at Dunmaglass.ChrisR20/11/2008
MC JC. From a Landie at about 650m on the Corriegarth Estate. A few black grouse.Martin6601/04/2008
first ascent, warm & clear day, goc 2007, 2 in party,climbed on way to dal beg on route for kingussie.rum doodle 16/05/2007
With a friend. From Garthbeg, at SW end of Loch Mhòr. Walked up track going SE not far from River E. My map (1989 Ed 1:50,000 OS) shows the track ending at a ruin. The track now extends a good deal further, going eastwards. We left the track and struck up hillside (not at all steep) to reach summit of Carn na Saobhaidhe. Returned same way. Weather was good. It was cold and there was some snow, but not all that much. There were good views of the Glen Affric hills, Mullardoch, Strathfarrer and the Cairngorms.pwbellarby18/11/2005
Second round ascent.pwbellarby 2nd18/11/2005
Alone via MTB from NSpudGunn17/06/2005
very remote, but not so much with a bike.IanHHill06/09/2004
Carn na Saobhaidhe (NH 599141) S/F NH709178 Breeze, cool, occasional shower, cloudbase 2500', broken low, overcast high. Careful navigation required even in good visibility. Overnight camp at NH695167 before ascent.John Young01/07/2004
Long walk from Strathdearn and Coignafearn Old Lodge. First 3km are amazing, just follows a track in a dead straight line! Then past huge new shooting 'lodge'. Pretty boring hill, only other point of interest being the headwaters of the River 'E' - must be shortest river name in Britain!Aye Jimmy27/07/2002
Out and back from Easter Aberchalder. Last bit is bog with argo track.Eddie03/12/2000
On the TGO ChallengeBLACKHILL13/05/1998
Walked in from the B851 on a fine sunny day - felt I should have been somewhere more exciting.JohnW13/05/1998
Solo Uisdean2529/06/1997
Parked on road. On track past Dunmaglass Lodge. Left bike at deer fence. Newly blasted road for a new solitary wind turbine and steeply up to old unimproved track for a further 2 miles. Hare. Beeline up over heather and hags to top at 14.30. At car 5 hrs, 14 1/4m.arranc01/06/1997
Cairngorm Club weekend meet at Newtonmore. Solo. From at Coignafearn (Old Lodge). Walked along the track to Coignafearn Lodge. I saw a feral goat family (mother, father, one kid). Continued on the track to Dalbeg and followed the track westwards on the slopes above Allt Creagach. At the top of the first rise a track, not shown on the map, goes off NE. The track I followed is shown as a footpath on my 1:50,000 map, but is a land rover track. I went to the top of Meall a' Phiobaire and followed a line of old fence posts, to begin with, and then to the summit of Carn Mhic Iamhan. On the summit is an ancient cairn. I continued to reach summit of Carn na Saobhaidhe. I went southwards passing an ancient cairn, marked on map. This looked like a small burial cairn, with a collapsed entrance. I continued to Carn a' Choire Sheilich and Carn na Làraiche Maoile.pwbellarby22/03/1997
Route 95 in Cicerone guide to be published in 2012ancient brit26/10/1993
Corbett bagging: Carn na Saobhaidhe RHW10/04/1993
Tom Mundell18/07/2020
Trekking toes18/07/2020