Name:Carn Ghaltair [Cairn Galtar]
Hill number:1630
Height:207m / 679ft
SMC/RHB Section:24D: Barra to Barra Head
County/UA:Na h-Eileanan Siar [Western Isles]
Topographical area:IB02 Mingulay-sandray
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), SIB, Yeaman
Grid ref:NL 64037 91530
Summit feature:ground 2m from trig point
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 31
(1:25k) 452S
Observations:trig point sits in depression
Survey:Abney level
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On RHSoc boat trip from landing on rocks to left of beach, up via Carnach Tump.prwild19/06/2023
Boat trip from castlebay.robertphillips19/06/2023
Trip from Castlebay on 'Boy James', landed at NL650921, S over the dunes, then roughly W up and over Carnach ridge, down to Bealach Carnach, up to Carn Ghaltair, return same way (ca 1h30m)kdbennett19/06/2023
RH Soc trip. 3 of 9thekirkie pirate19/06/2023
No views from trigpillar, mist well down. A unique location nevertheless.cjo19/06/2023
On RHSoc booked boat trip. Weather not so good as previous day - got nappy rash. See other comments from crew on same date.davechaffey19/06/2023
From the impressive cleft landing to south. Up the left gully to summit disturbing eagles on the way resting in the heat of the day. RHSoc trip organised by Dangerous Dave. 5/6 islandN.Morters18/06/2023
A Four Tops (great band!) circular with Dave Chapman. Alighted the tender in the sea cut at the end of Gleann Mor then headed up the increasingly slabby Carnach. Over the gap to Carn Ghaltair then down her SE flank to capture Aird Phabach then Cnoc a' Ghlinne Mhoir. A great wee circuit that took around 70 minutes to complete.summitter18/06/2023
From Carnach.lordtonult18/06/2023
Came up with David J. from Carnach. Met Jill on top, who came up the south ridge.Dangerous Dave18/06/2023
Island Bagging triptallblond07/09/2021
Boat organised, thanks to Alastair. Partly sunny, great views.iangalbraith07/09/2021
Dropped off on the west side,and picked up at Bagh Ban. Easy, fast walking on the way up, because this island is grazed by sheep; short vegetables and sheep tracks to follow. Madly, I decided to traverse around the N of the island to the pick up point. Good at first on sheep tracks, then terraces of small cliffs made for interesting route finding. Good views though, and a nice beach at the end. Probably easier not to avoid the pesky tump.Gill06/08/2018
Drop off from Francis in the bay at 631921. Climb to the summit with (4) and headed for Carnach. Pick up at Bagh Ban on the east side. 90 minutes and under 2 miles.bolton06/08/2018
A good day out on the Boy James.Chris Peart06/08/2018
Mingulay Boat Trips father(Francis) & daughter( Rebecca) gave excellent service - a skilled team. Thanks Norman for arranging the five island adventure. Nine hill baggers (6 of which were on the Sep 2017 St Kilda adventure) - all of us visited the five SIB-Mas, with some doing the odd Tu or two. Good company, good weather & a super adventure.ger23/05/2018
Second of 5 islands on trip organised by Norman Wares and skippered by Francis of the Boy David. Lovely day.Thearlaichdubh23/05/2018
Landed at Bagh Ban. Dry rock. Afterwards also bagged Carnach.NormanW23/05/2018
Very useful drop off to the west and then a linear walk over the next Tump to meet up with the others down at the stunning Bagh Ban.Alex C15/08/2017
Bishops Isles trip on Boy James.From NE bay easily up to summit, across to Carnach and then down tricky ground with long grass and steep bits to Bagh Ban. Frustratingly run out of time for Maldoanich due to slow walker on previous hills holding us up.AndrewFinnimore15/08/2017
Final hill of five on an Island hopping trip on Boy James from CastlebayButeobuteo06/07/2014
RHB trip on Boy James. 5th and final island visited in lovely warm sunny weather and light seas. Landed at NW end of island, on rocks at E side of sandy bay. Pleasant walk up to summit, then onto Carnach.jonglew06/07/2014
Final island Marilyn of trip, all 9 successfully to summit. Party at the top. Hot sun by now, where's the beer! Picked up the Tump top w Tricky and Jon, then a race back to boat and Castlebay.nordicstar06/07/2014
Five island expedition from Castlebay on Boy James. 2nd visit to Sandray & managed to visit both central tops in the allocated landing slot. Landed NW of hills instead of S this time.Smudge06/05/2014
Island #4 of 5, direct route from NW, no avoiding action needed.tim74706/05/2014
Forth new island Marilyn on a calm damp day.Dugswell204/05/2014
Calm damp day for a fourth island.Springy grass step cutting.Martin R04/05/2014
RHB trip on 'Boy James' HFB04/05/2014
From SW corner with RF under circling white-tailed eagle while 'Boy James' ferried birdies back to Castlebay. Donald met us the the eastern bay.Eddie02/05/2011
Late start from Castlebay (3.15pm) with Donald. Final island of day - summit reached after 10.30pm. 7 Marilyns in the day, each on a different island.mae01/07/2010
2nd of 2 on second day trip from Castlebay with Barra fishing charters. Weather dry but intermittent hill fog on summit.Topographer5728/05/2009
Landed at Bagh Ban and climbed steeply to the first top at 189m. From there dropped into the col and made the summit.garyhoney30/07/2001
from Pabbay. I was in first dinghy ashore and first to top! 15.15.arranc30/07/2001
3.30 dry breezy weather trig stonebuilt BM S8856vegibagger30/07/2001
Date is first visit. Notes from later...fine isle, fine summit. gMcleod boat from Castlebay, land rocks W end Bagh Ban 649922 RHW30/07/2001
dave g19/06/2023
Jill Robertson18/06/2023
Simon Winton18/06/2021
Tom Mundell23/05/2018
Trekking toes23/05/2018
carole engel15/08/2017