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Name:Beinn a' Chearcaill
Hill number:975
Height:725.2m / 2379ft
RHB Section:13A: Loch Torridon to Loch Maree
County/UA:Highland (UA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NG 93066 63775
Summit feature:angled rock 10m S of cairn
Col:357m  NG929620  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 19
(1:25k) 433
Observations:cairn is at NG 93069 63783; SE end of sandstone pavement 120m SE at NG 93168 63729 is just lower
Survey:Abney level/Leica Disto D510/Leica RX1250
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 151 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Yet more morning heavy rain, the third day in a row. That ruled out remaining unbagged Corbetts in the area with significant water courses to cross, and also Beinn Lair, too far to walk in an afternoon. So an afternoon walk up this Graham it was, which turned out to be an excellent choice for a slowly improving but still very damp day. Excellent but narrow improved path from the front of the first building on the right from the Bridge of Grudie, very easy to miss. Obvious cairn at 225m altitude, surprisingly good path at a fairly consistent shallow gradient to the top of Coire Briste. Then mostly easy but pathless going to the right (west) of the stream. Cloud base was at about 600m and I went slightly too far west on the way up, slightly too far east on the way down, but despite the claggy weather, waterlogged ground and tired feet thoroughly enjoyed it.Owen B30/08/2019
From NE, up Glen Grudie path, turn right at c225m cairn up fainter path to another small cairn at top of Coire Briste. Then NE ridge. Back over Feol. If I had known about it, cycling up an unmarked new hydro road up the glen to small dam at 120m may have saved time.Topographer5728/04/2019
Blowing a hooly! Nae snow, just a few patches on Beinn Eighe, unseasonably warm but fine views and interesting hill.Bongonog 22/02/2019
Took the standard route up the footpath which appears to start in the garden of the nearby house. A good track up though affording great views of Beinn Eighe. The summit area is unique and gives incredible views all around. Walked up Creag na Feol on the return. Lots of bird life on the way up and dozens of frogs.Peterb10/07/2017
CK SheilaS08/06/2017
From the north using the excellent stalkers path behind the bungalow. Another awful large hydro scheme going in down at the burn with multiple diggers thrashing at the rock and creating noise echoing around the valley. Not a good backdrop to a fine walk, and the mess created! The side path into the coire and a direct line to summit, not advised as ground is awkward in the wet. Better to go up the the skyline and circuit to the west. Fine viewpoint at the top.nordicstar05/08/2016
First path was very good, second was less good. From the Lochan the going was rough through heather and boulders, but easy and quite spectacular near the top. Fantastic views.jenx05/08/2016
Parked on old road a few hundred metres to NW, followed main track to cairn & then faint track not on OS but shown on Harveys until it disappeared. Spooky summit of flat slab with boulders & views through clag.rogreeves05/07/2016
Incredible views from summit. Made even more dramatic by a big thunderstorm over the Triple Buttress. More or less missed me, but the rain didn't.ngthack01/07/2015
Missed path at start but soon recovered sense of direction. Made good progress and then tool fine path into Corrie. Approach to summit is lunar. Summit could be used for tennis. Superb hill. With Gordon.Campbell Singer07/05/2015
graham bagging weekend from road edge good stalkers path to cairn, then up coire briste, then up to summit in driving rain and gale force winds happy days.robertphillips14/11/2014
Used the route in Dempster's book (pp.181-182). Parked on track just off A832 at NG 96263 67965 - room for 2-3 cars. Walked down road and up track to house. The beginning of the stalker's path up Glen Grudle is hard to find - it's very close to the house at NG 96318 67738. Took good well-drained path for about 2km to a cairn at NG 95301 65971, where a much rougher path heads up Coire Briste to a cairn at the corrie lip at NG 93853 65466. Then followed burn to a confluence at NG 93745 65310, continuing south up over rough ground (no path) to a small lochan at NG 93528 64671. From there I continued roughly up over a series of rocky shelves to the summit plateau. The section from the corrie lip would be difficult navigation if the mist was down. A stunning view from the summit - worth the climb! Returned by route of ascent.Man of Kernow129/10/2014
With: hb sb ab; Parked by Bridge of Grudie. Followed track climbing up by River Grudie into Coire Briste then via Creag na Feol to the impressive rock table summit overlooking Strath Lungard. Stunning views of N Torridon hills.Ian Baines11/07/2014
Sadly, the worst day of the week with a full hour's rain (in Torridon). Unfortunately cloud stayed down so Rod, Grant, Stephen and I described the vista of Triple Buttress to each other and then came down! Seriously, don't do it unless you are going to see something.SS21/06/2014
With Steve, Rod, StevenOik21/06/2014
With Dave Roeder. Took good stalker's track from Bridge of Grudie (10:30) to cairn, then good path up Coire Briste to col and then path less across plateau to huge flat summit slab (12:45). Good day, great views all round. Return same route; finish 15:15dbb07/06/2014
Solo. On to Sail Mhor via Morrison's Gully.amswanston04/01/2014
With Mora, from Bridge of GrudieBLACKHILL16/05/2013
MC JC MH BH O. Great hill climbed in spectacular weather. Fantastic views to Torridon peaks Boiler plate slabs on top. MC ran back to car.Martin6607/05/2013
From A832 layby near Glen Grudie House.ChrisR30/08/2012
One of the best hills in Scotland.Rob Pen y Garn16/09/2006
Fantastic.Lynfa Penygarn16/09/2006
Parked on A832 by lone house. On well built stalkers' path steeply above River Grudle for 1 1/2 miles. Less well made goes off at right angles on a contour up into corrie to a low section between tops. 3 false horizons needed change of direction. Last mile was a delight over sandstone pavements to 100m long summit area with substantial cairn at SW end. 12.00. Most tremendous view I have ever had from a hill top! A complete arc of summits - almost all climbed.arranc01/07/2005
Ascended from Talladale in cloudy weather with no summit view.JohnW18/05/2004
MM Uisdean2526/12/2002
Solo tripInvicta1417/07/2001
Up and down the ridge from the main road.Eddie17/01/2001
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