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Name:Carn a' Chaochain
Hill number:877
Height:706m / 2316ft
RHB Section:11B: Glen Affric to Glen Moriston
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Catchment:Beauly, Catchment Boundaries, Ness
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NH 23514 17781
Summit feature:cairn
Col:437m  NH220169  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 34
(1:25k) 415
Observations:note trig point at NH 236182 is only 2m lower
Survey:obvious summit
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 133 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Drove to Cougie, road no problem at all loads of signs to pony trekking so obviously now well used, actually better than the section to Plodda Falls. Parked by the sheds. Walked a few hundred metres along the track to just before a left bend where the track goes off. Cairn that was supposed to mark the track not obvious but we rebuilt on the return journey. Not obvious for the first few metres but then becomes a reasonable track up through the wood. Followed up to the col, a little intermittent in parts, then up the ridge to the prominent cairn, then followed the ridge around towards the lochan then past the trig point to the summit. Returned to the trig point which is a nicer little summit than the real summit and largely retraced steps taking a slightly different angle back down to the pass. Walking time 1hr 32 to summit + navigation and photo stops round trip 6 miles.JulieB26/07/2020
From Pony stables at Cougie. Follow landrover track to first burn on left which leads to track through trees. Snow was soft and extensive higher up. Great day out.iangalbraith22/03/2020
From Cougie, with Ellie dog.BLACKHILL18/09/2019
From Cougie, to which the track is not really bad. Just take it easy at the bridges; all other potholes can be dodged very easily. Parked by the sheds and up by the standard route. The start of the path is not easy to spot, look for muddy wheel marks. The path through the trees is lovely, and continues easily to the bealach. The hill itself is nothing to write home about. You can choose between climbing over the various tops or skirting around them in bog vegetables and hags. I tried both, it's about equal. Plagues of incredibly irritating black flies may have affected my judgement of the quality of the hill.Gill08/06/2019
G and A, Elizabeth, Janet and Stellaarthurwhittaker26/04/2019
Walk up from Cougie after a horrendous drive up the road, which is for some reason now marked as a yellow on the OSNozzer25/05/2018
Bagging the trig.BigJ25/05/2018
Dirt road to Cougie ok in an astra much slower than locals drive it. Along track 220 double paces to track beside burn. Many deposits left my pony trekking. Through gate in deer fence over several false summits to summit south of trig point. Good views & sunbathed at summit!rogreeves09/05/2017
Followed pony trekking signs along unsurfaced roads to Cougie. It appears to be OK to drive as far as 238206 from where a rough pony track leads SE up through the deciduous forest past many big and tasty bilberries. Turned SW at the bealach up the ridge to the summit.Topographer5721/09/2016
From Cougie.hils29/07/2016
As Peterb. THree summits all with big views.Campbell Singer02/05/2016
Parked at Cougie by the sheds and ascended the track to the bealach and on to the ridge. We visited the unnamed cairn and then the trig point before going on to the summit.Peterb24/12/2015
As per the log of Peterb. Snow really started to fall on the descent. Climbed the Marilyn Creag Dhubh straight after.bowlesy24/12/2015
with Jenx from nr Cougie Lodgenordicstar14/10/2015
From Cougie. A path starts at NH239206, follows a stream, through a gate and across bog to the bealach. And then it is a switchback ride along the ridge, including a trigpoint pillar 400+m from summit. Icy snow, occasional sunny periods giving great views of bigger hills to north and west. Perfect.Martin R04/01/2015
1 of 2 today from end of road, good path then booggy ground to summit.robertphillips27/04/2014
From Plodda Falls CP. Then to Trig Pt.ChrisR29/10/2013
fine summit area (esp Trig Pt), wet route along W edge forest. R Affric car pk @ 201233, tk to 211228, up Creag Dhubh, forest rides to Carn a' Chaochain RHW07/05/2012
Parked at Cougie. 3 fox cubs on road. Over bridge trying to find Dempsters route. Gave up after getting caught by extensive felling. Eventually to a greener slope over birch felling debris and to deer fence. Over this; absolutely shattered. Turned right over open tussock to find a path by a stream to a bealach at 1750' Steady progress uphill to large cairn visible from car park at 11.45. Continued around to left to upper slopes and column 8180 at 12.05. Continuation to true top about 800m away involves a 100' fall and a similar climb to a lumpish cairn at 12.20. The Ben, Chralaig and Eige.arranc13/06/2008
JEB, MM Uisdean2530/12/2007
Ascended from the north by path from Cougie.JohnW25/06/2001
Round of Carn a'Chaochain and Creag Dhubh from drive down to Cougie Lodge.Eddie23/08/1999
Date is first visit. Notes from later...fine summit area (esp Trig Pt), wet route along W edge forest. R Affric car pk @ 201233, tk to 211228, up Creag Dhubh, forest rides to Carn a' Chaochain RHW31/12/1998
Am Bodach09/01/2020
GavinTheobald 308/11/2019
Simon Winton18/11/2017
Sick Kid17/12/2016
Tom Mundell10/09/2016
Dave McG23/08/2016
Erik B23/08/2016